Well you're going to scream 'I'm American military' and get kidnapped in your hotel. Those guys carrying military packs through the airport are not cool. http://www.backcountry.com/store/MAR...1850cu-in.html
That's what I use to carry my stuff into work everyday. Not to mention I can bring it anywhere like the airport and I won't spotlight myself. Get it in black and I guarantee it's probably a better 'tactical' pack than that crappy SDS pack for airsoft. I also have a Osprey Kestrel 38, which is freaking awesome and a Kelty 60L pack for longer expeditions.
I have both an ACU & a DCU SDS assault pack. Wearing over body armor sucks, but thats more an issue of the Pack wasnt originally designed for that. I find them comfortable for general usage. If your going to carry a PRC-77 or "A" series SINCGARS your hosed.
The whole bag isnt designed for carrying heavy loads (though give a grunt a bag and we overpack it without fail)
Do youself a favor, get a pack without molle straps or you'll look like a tool. Here is a great pack that I got over the summer for a trip, looks military but not in a very obvious way. Held everything I needed for a trip from home base to Rome and then to the beach for 6 days.
Kelty MAP 3500 Military Assualt Pack
Designed and Engineered with the help of direct military end-user input and feedback at the Boulder 2000 conference, the MAP 3500's are the commercial off the shelf (COTS) solution for a sturdy and functional Military Assault Pack (MAP). When the Special Operations (SOF) community requested a "new" and improved assault pack, The KELTY Pack company was chosen for its reputation as a renowned manufacturer in the outdoor industry.
Designed to meet the needs of the field, they also work as carry on luggage for business travel, fitting in overhead storage compartments on all commercial airliners.
- 3500 cubic in. volume
- Super Space Mesh on back panel & shoulder strap
- Hydrophobic foam in back panel & shoulder straps
- 1000 denier Kodra construction, double stitched
- Internal suspension, two fit to form Light-Beam stay rods
- Panel loading pack, single large compartment 2 exterior zippered pockets
- Interior hydration pouch, supports up to 100 oz bladder
- Hydration port at top of pack allows for drink tube to be used over either shoulder. Hydration port has snap on top flap closure
- Exterior cargo pocket w/fleece eyewear pocket & admin organizer pocket
- Side mesh pockets (fits 1qt lexan water bottles each side)
- Waist belt w/Scherer cinch system, with waist belt tuck-away feature
- Adjustable sternum strap
- Fully adjustable (removable/replaceable) shoulder straps
- Dimensions: 21 H x 14 W x 11 D
- Cubes: 3,500
- Wt: 4 lbs
1000 denier Kodra? What is that? Only way to go is Cordura Nylon.
TAG 3 Day Assault Pack with or without PALS Webbing.
Main compartment has a sleeve for your hydration bladder. Hydration port is designed to accommodate all mouth pieces on the market, without taking them apart to feed it out of your pack.
Shoulder straps have been widened to keep the straps away from your neck and on your shoulders where they belong. Sternum strap is fully adjustable and can be placed in seven (7) different locations along the length of the shoulder straps. A padded waist strap is included for your comfort.
Aluminum stays offered separately.
Pack also has side compression straps.
Zippered gusset at the top of the pack allows access to stays and hydration bladder without having to open the main compartment. Backed by a lifetime warranty.
Size: 19"x 13"x 6". 1482 Cubic Inches
Comes in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green and ACU.
All for about $150-200 depending where you buy it.
I have really appreciated my Arcteryx LEAF Charlie Pack over the last three years. I also saw it often on US military personel as I passed through airports. Now I see it is no longer for sale on their LEAF site.
Are they coming out with a new small pack, or just getting out of the market?