During our last review here at UK Survival Guides we took a look at the best portable solar chargers (in our opinion). Today we are going to be looking at backpacks and bringing you our pick of the best survival backpacks of 2018.
After all, you need something to carry all your gear in right? Might as well make it a good one.
When it comes to the vast amount of backpacks available on the market, they range anywhere from the utter useless right through to the ultra-durable and functional.
If you have already started looking for the perfect backpack for your kit, you will know that it is no easy task but with the help of our guide, it is about to become a whole lot easier.
The Best Survival Backpacks of 2018 in Short
|Condor 3-Day Assault Pack||UK/US|
|REEBOW GEAR Military 3 Day Assault Pack||UK/US|
|5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Backpack||UK/US|
|Gregory Mountain Products Baltoro 65 Liter||UK/US|
|Sandpiper of California Bugout Backpack||UK/US|
1. Condor 3-Day Assault Pack – Best Design (Our Pick)
Coming out on top for us was the Condor 3-Day Assault PackCondor 3-Day Assault Pack. Why? Simply put, it is one of the greatest bags that we have ever put to the test.
If you care about quality, this backpack is for you. Condor have had years of experience, bringing some of the best outdoor gear around and they certainly haven’t disappointed with the 3-day assault pack.
The great thing about this is that there is plenty of room for a 3-day supply of essentials without it being bulky and uncomfortable.
As soon as you think you have found all the compartments another one crops up making it incredibly easy to separate our gear.
There is a nice and sturdy double zipper on the top of the main compartment which is around 40L and opens wide allowing easy access to any equipment.
The compartment located on the front side has six individual MOLLE webbing strips and velcro straps that can be used to attach patches and identification. Below this is a separate 3L compartment, again with sturdy double zippers which is great for smaller items that you may need quick access to such as your phone, wallet, keys, and compass.
There is also a smaller side pocket on either side of the bag. With so much space, if you are on the lookout for a new backpack to hold your bug out gear, the Condor 3-Day Assault Pack is the one to do the job.
The shoulder straps are nice and wide, with a thick layer of padding for extra comfort during those long treks with heavy gear. If it offers further comfort with the adjustable sternum strap that can help distribute the weight from your shoulders and keep the shoulder pads in place.
This backpack is super durable and is made out of 1000D nylon that is resistant to almost anything you throw at it, including water, and the usual wear and tear. The material is light, so you get a bag that’s strong and sturdy, without the extra weight.
You can purchase the Condor 3-Day Assault Pack in five different colors and personalize it however you wish with the help of the MOLLE strapping.
Condor did not just throw this bag together, it has been made with us, the user in mind.
2. REEBOW GEAR Military 3 Day Assault Pack – Budget-Friendly
If the Condor is a little too much for you then why not check out the REEBOW GEAR Assault Pack. Like the Condor you will easily fit your 3 day supply of essentials within this backpack and although cheaper, it was an incredibly hard choice between this and the Condor to pick our best one.
This bag is certainly durable and has been made to last. It has double-stitched seams throughout, heavy duty zips and is made from a durable, water resistant fabric. It is compatible with a 2.5 litre hydration bladder (you will need to provide your own) so you can drink on the move.
In terms of fit and comfort, the Reebow Gear Military Tactical Assault pack comes with adjustable shoulder and waist straps. The shoulder straps have a good amount of mesh padding and there is a chest strap between them, to further adjust where the backpack weight falls on your shoulders.
Like the Condor this also has a MOLLE system. It is, however, a little different to the standard military spacing, coming in at less than ½ inch between each MOLLE. But this really doesn’t pose a problem.
It comes packed with plenty of pockets and compartments making it easy to separate your equipment and for the price, you really can’t go wrong.
3. 5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Backpack – Most Versatile
This bag has been made in such a way that you feel very comfortable while carrying it. There is ample space for your 72-Hour kit and it is incredibly reliable.
Let’s have a look at the best features of the 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack and why it makes our list of the top 5 best survival backpacks of 2018.
- Large, external shove-it pocket, Top exterior crescent-shaped organization pocket, two exterior, side, gusseted zippered pockets
- 15D nylon with water-repellent PUx2 coating on main body, 21D 118T water-repellent PUx2 coating on inside pocket flaps and pocket bags
- Closed-cell foam back padded hydration pocket with two back-to-back zippered pull tabs
- Top, quick-access non-scratching fleece-lined sunglass pocket
- Generous web-platform on three sides with additional attachment points
There are plenty of pockets and chambers making it easy to seperate your gear. The inside is spacious and has a drawstring pouch as well as a large zippered pouch.
This backpack is outstanding not only for its look but also for its quality. It is built from high strength, water repellent nylon allowing you to load it up heavy without worrying about damaging it.
4. Gregory Mountain Products Baltoro 65 Liter
With supportive cushioning and supreme carrying comfort, this bag is a tough competitor for the prize of the best backpack for survival. The pack feels sturdy and moves with you really well.
What sets the Baltoro apart from the competition is its cushioning: the premium foam is firm but molds to you, which allows you to cinch down the pack snugly to keep the weight on your hips.
We have thrown this pack around and the it has shown very few signs of wear.
The body of the pack uses a mixture of 210 and 300-denier nylon and the bottom of the pack uses a more substantial 630-denier fabric.
Organization is another strong suit with the Baltoro. There are a total of 8 exterior pockets, including a large zippered pocket along the front of the pack that is perfect for items you need quick access to like water filtration.
More, the zippered u-shaped access at the front to the main compartment is a welcome feature when you inevitably need to grab something in the middle or bottom of your pack.
The Baltoro also has an included rain cover, which easily stores in its own pocket.
5. Sandpiper of California Bugout Backpack
This bag has been made of only the highest quality of materials. With the double shoulder strap the bag is both stylish and perfectly balanced. The back of the bag is made with aluminium coatings which ensures the safety of the bag as well as its carrier.
The main compartment of the SOC Bugout bag is spacious and expandable With a lot of storage space. The bond between the zippers and the compartments are strong and durable. The side pockets are sewed perfectly to match the whole body of the bag.
The fabric covers used in the bag has the ability to resist water from getting inside. It protects inner materials from water splashing through the holes. The bag is tightly wrapped to prevent water leakage or weather roughness.
There are more than enough pockets in this bag. The side pockets are elastic and expandable. The inner pockets allow carrying laptops and mobile phones safely. There are pockets for carrying important papers too.
The bag has fantastic inner and outer cushions made from top quality foam that provide great comfort. The bottom portions of the compartments have foams to protect your inner materials. The shoulder straps have foams to protect your body.
There is also a hydration compartment which allows hydration bladders for carrying water.
So what is your go-to bug out bag of choice? Have any of the above and want to share your own views? We’d love to hear from you so let us know what you think in the comments below.