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Review: Flyye HAWG Hydration Backpack

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This is another piece of gear any Airsofter should have, not only for load-bearing, but also for hydration purposes. I like the idea of having a backpack that’s able to carry my regular training gear and then being able to convert it to a very lightweight and compact hydration system.

So, as you might have guessed, I use the Flyye HAWG for two purposes: when going out to the field I will fill it with all my Airsoft gear and accessories; and once I get there, I will use it as a hydration system so when I’m playing I can sip some water or some other energy drink and still be able to carry some food and additional tactical gear and accessories.

STORAGE, HYDRATION AND OTHER FEATURES

The HAWG comes with three compartments: a smaller one on the outside just for storage; a larger one which is the main compartment for storage and also for the bladder system; and a third one reserved just for the bladder at the back.

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One of the nice things about the HAWG is that you can store the hydration bladder on two of the mentioned compartments. However, in longer games in which I want to take some extra magazines and other metal stuff in the main compartment, I don’t feel comfortable having the hydration bladder near those metallic accessories with pointy edges that might damage or even perforate the bladder.

So I use the third compartment that’s located at the back beneath the padding and is accessed by a zipper. This compartment was specifically designed for this, so you can have more space in the main compartment, where I store some food like a sandwich, energy bars, mags, extra gloves, more bbs, goggles, and my MICH 2000 helmet.

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On the smaller outside compartment there are a number of pouches that allow you to store documents, pens and other material. What I mainly use it for is to store extra magazines, extra batteries, optics, and bb loaders.

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Depending on the type of game and duration you will need to pack more or less stuff. So if you want to pack light, the backpack can achieve a low profile not protruding out much of your body and helping you remain concealed, and at the same time you can still move around in narrow areas such as corridors, doors or between trees thanks to the external compression straps.

The front of the backpack has MOLLE webbing allowing you to attach additional MOLLE pouches, which greatly increases the potential of this backpack as for load-bearing duties.

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In order to fix the hydration tube there are two horizontal guides on each shoulder strap that keep the tube always at hand.

The number of possibilities for which you can setup the hydration system is one of the great features of this backpack — you can either choose to run the bladder on the main compartment or on the back compartment; and you can choose to run the tubing through the left or to the right shoulder strap, depending on what you prefer. This is possible thanks to the two holes on both sides where you can snake through a drinking tube or even comms wiring from the inside of the backpack. These holes can be conveniently sealed by a piece of Velcro attached to the backpack.

I found two more passages right beneath the shoulder straps that can be used to pass the drinking tube out directly from the back compartment however this might get uncomfortable, so I only recommend using these for smaller communications wiring.

From the back compartment there is another hole that allows you to route the drinking tube to the main compartment and out through one of the previously mentioned side holes.

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On the main compartment there are internal nylon loops for securing your hydration bladder thus avoiding the bladder from moving around inside the backpack and spilling or rupturing inside.

The recommended bladder size is 2.5 liters, and I would say that the backpack is much similar in size and capacity to be a 12-hour backpack.

The one missing feature I would like seen in this backpack is a Velcro panel for you to put an IFF Patch or any other patch you would want. This, however, can be solved easily by buying a small Velcro panel and either stitching it or attaching it using the MOLLE webbing.

COMFORT

One of the things I most liked about this backpack, apart from the hydration bladder compartment, is the comfort it provides to the operator. This is achieved thanks to the very comfortable and wide shoulder straps that have generous padding and offer great support even on heavier loads.

The YKK zipper pullers are very well thought-out, since they are big and make opening the compartments a lot easier when using gloves, which I often do during a game.

Another much appreciated feature is the two quick release buckles on each shoulder strap that allow you to easily drop the whole backpack without the awkwardness of having to remove each of the straps and thus having to put your weapon aside.

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When hiking or running you might want to minimize the wobble that the backpack might do so you can use the sternum and waist straps included that provide increased support and comfort and prevent the backpack from sliding away from the shoulders. When I tried both straps on, I noticed the backpack adapts perfectly to my body and helps me running and bearing its weight, for example, when climbing a rocky slope.

Another thing I noticed is how my back feels great after using the backpack for one day even with some hard objects inside. Thanks to the padding, it creates a protective barrier that cushions and absorbs the impact from the objects inside the backpack, and it also eliminates the irregularities that those objects can cause to the shape of the backpack that is in contact with my back.

Another thing worth mentioning is how light and small the backpack can be especially when you want to run it only has hydration system. It compares quite well with especially dedicated hydration carriers and offers much greater options.

So comfort-wise I must say I am very satisfied with the HAWG.

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QUALITY

The HAWG has everything to be tough and wear resistant: the whole backpack is made according to military specifications and Flyye used Invista 1000D Cordura Nylon, which can be 300% times more resistant to the usual wear and tear than normal Nylon.

The Duraflex plastics ensure buckle quality and durability and are also Mil-Spec. The Velcro along with Military specification nylon sewing put together a backpack that will last for years.

This backpack is water resistant so you can use it in snowy or rainy conditions and all the material and food stored on the inside will be protected from the elements. However,  in case a bladder might burst or any liquid should spill, the backpack will drain the liquid thanks to a couple of drainage holes at the bottom.

This is what you should look for in a backpack for Airsoft, and from my incursions in the field with the HAWG I can say it lives up to the specs and quality that Flyye wanted this backpack to have.

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CONCLUSION

This is a very complete solution that allows for many options and will fit most Airsofters, and that you can also use on a daily basis or even for hiking and adventure holidays.

It’s a great choice whether you are looking for ways to keep yourself hydrated during those hot summer games or if you already own a hydration carrier but don’t have a decent backpack that can take your gear and withstand some abuse.

For me it has become an inseparable piece of equipment every time I go to the field!

Pros

  • Quality of the materials
  • Very comfortable
  • Flexible
  • Numerous hydration and load bearing options

Cons

  • No Velcro for Patches

I would like to thank Bob from Flyye that made this review possible through their dealer Military1st. For more information on this backpack or if you are interested in purchasing it visit Flyye’s official dealer Military1st.co.uk.

 
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The Griff Pack – a pack that is a tribute to a fallen soldier

Published on January 6, 2015 by in News, Products

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Grey Ghost Gear are honouring a fallen soldier with the Griff Pack:

 

Yes, we are usually irreverent and often sarcastic but this isn’t the time for it. This is about the Griff Pack, which was named for one of our friends. He was killed in Tal Afar, Iraq in 2005. Griff was a truly professional, legitimate badass, an incredibly versatile NCO who was always armed with wit and surprises (and of course, a gun or two). In homage to Griff, we made sure to design a pack that would have impressed him.

The Griff Pack has some very nice features too:

Let’s start with the exterior:  On the front we have a 3×5” loop panel for patches, nametapes, or other unit identifiers with a zip pocket right above it. The pocket is cloth lined and soft to keep scratches off your more delicate items and has an included key hook. A D-ring and set of lashing loops rides below. Air mesh runs along the back to keep you cool, and there are nice, wide straps for maximum weight bearing while keeping down the bulk. No, it’s not entirely swimming in MOLLE. The front flap is chock full of pockets and loop with an elastic loop panel across. Flashlights, spare SMG or pistol mags, chemlights—you get the idea. The main compartment is in the middle. The entire back is covered in loop material so you can add pouches or holsters or organizers. We have a great line of Orange Diamond Concealment products on our page for this expressed purpose. This compartment opens and closes in a clamshell fashion so it can be ripped completely open for rapid access to the bottom if need be. Of course, there are some surprises in the back. There is a padded sleeve that can hold laptops up to 17” or water bladders with a pass though above for any hoses. There’s also a zippered pouch directly across. What about the surprises? Well, just below that pouch is a field of loop… with sealable pass through doors on either side…so you can So you can draw a concealed weapon while it’s on your back.

Comfortably.

To find out more about this pack visit triple G’s website.

 
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Available now at Military 1st is Defense Courier Diagonal Messenger Bag by Hazard 4

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Hazard 4 has been creating some nice and innovative tactical bags, and the Defense Courier Diagonal Messenger Bag is no exception and you can get it now at Military1st:

 

Hazard 4 Defense Courier Diagonal in MultiCam camo is spacious & functional messenger bag, perfectly sized & comfortable to carry, with loads of pockets & attachment points, and thick, air-mesh backed strap so it can be worn more like a pack, side-bag or chest-pack, offering quick access to gear. Ideal for daily commute & travel.

 

Get one now at http://bit.ly/DefenseCourierDiagonal

 

 

 

 
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Direct Action Dust backpack

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Direct Action Dust backpack is available now at Military 1st online store
in variety of colours & camo patterns including Pencott GreenZone &
Badlands camouflages. For details & to buy go to
http://bit.ly/DirectActionDust

Made of durable & water resistant 500D Cordura material, Direct Action Dust
backpack is a low profile tactical EDC pack, perfect for police, military &
security personnel, as well as hunting, hiking or trekking enthusiasts. The
pack has 20L capacity & features large main compartment, 2 hydration
bladder compartments, dedicated laptop storage compartment & large front
admin organizer with multiple inner sleeves & transparent map pocket.
Padded shoulder straps & removable hip belt with quick release buckle allow
comfortable wear even with belt kits or ballistic vests, while laser-cut
MOLLE/PALS compatible system & number of a lateral compression straps offer
high level of customization, flexibility & great amount of carrying space.
This uniquely flexible hydration pack is a perfect storage solution for
mission essentials, camping gear, hydration reservoirs or laptops and is
perfect as a one-day patrol pack or light travel bag.

 
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Maxpedition – Xantha Backpack

Published on July 18, 2014 by in News, Products

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The new Xantha Internal Frame Backpack from Maxpedition is built around a polypropylene frame with a single aluminum stay, these packs are lightweight alternatives to the steel framed rucks of the past. On top, you will find a soft-lined sunglasses pouch and a sturdy button lock that secures zipper pulls.

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Inside you will find a pouch for 100oz hydration bladder, ports for drinking tubes on both side, and a variety of mesh pockets to organize your gear. On the back, soft and breezy egg crate padding wicks moisture. A padded removable waist belt distributes the load, and handy pouches keep small items close at hand.

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The bottom of the pack is reinforced with Hypalon, and has two nylon loops for bedrolls or compression. This is a comfortable pack for day use, rugged 3 day trips, and anything in between.

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Specs:
• 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
• Teflon fabric protector for grime resistance and easy maintenance
• High strength zippers and zipper tracks
• UTX-Duraflex nylon buckles for low sound closures
• Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance
• High tensile strength nylon webbing
• High tensile strength composite nylon thread
• AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material for superior shock protection
• Internal seams taped and finished
• Paracord zipper pulls
• Stress points double stitched, Bartacked or “Box-and-X” stitched for added strength

The XANTHA™ Internal Frame Backpack is available in Black,OD Green,Khaki and Foliage for $256.99 from Maxpedition

 
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Voodoo Tactical Europe – Discreet Raven Pack

Published on June 30, 2014 by in Featured, News, Products

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The Voodoo Tactical Europe – Discreet Raven Pack is a beautiful pack made of 1000D Nylon Cordura with YKK military coil reversed zippers to keep the dust and dirt out. Adjustable padded harness system with metal ‘D’ ring attachment points, padded removable, adjustable waist belt, padded, molded back panel, double thick, bar-tacked carry handle and two compression straps on each side.

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Main zippered compartment features bladder pocket with center covered hose exit port and both inner panels have full MOLLE webbing for keeping your tactical gear safe on the inside and totally secured.The outside zippered pouch offers full access the length of the pouch and has inside clear window ID holder, hook-n-loop flap covered pocket and hook-n-loop storage pocket. The top zipper on the front of the main compartment offers full length inside access and the lower zipper also offers side-to-side and top to bottom access.

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Specifications:

  • Measures 11″L x 13″W x 20″H.
  • Weighs 3.52 lbs

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The Voodoo Tactical Europe – Discreet Raven Pack is available in Black and Bronze for €139.95 from voodootactical.eu

 
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Mayflower – Fixed Shoulder 24H Assault Pack

Published on June 24, 2014 by in News, Products

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Mayflower’s Fixed Shoulder 24 Hour Assault Pack is a light weight mission focused back pack built to provide the end user the right size bag to carry the items necessary to conduct 24 hour dismounted operations. It is designed to be used as a stand alone assault pack.

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The inside of the pack features a sleeve to carry a hydration bladder and a small cell phone or PDA pocket; the exterior features PALS webbing on the sides. All buckles are ITW-Nexus IR and all workmanship is 100% made in the USA.

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Available in MultiCam, Ranger Green, Coyote Brown, and Black for $145.00 directly from Mayflower-rc.org

 
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PLATATAC – Good To Go (G2G) Pack

Published on June 12, 2014 by in Featured, News, Products

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The Platatac Good To Go (G2G) pack is one of the lightest packs we’ve released to date weighing just 715 grams with straps. Designed as a with a low profile exterior void of any MOLLE it is great in the field, on and off base environments.

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This pack is perfect for a lightweight day pack, small and lightweight so it can be stored in the top of your pack and grabbed out to carry rations and ammo when caching packs. It is also perfect for use as a day-to-day back pack for the carriage of gym clothes, food, documents, 13 inch laptop and other similar sized items

This pack features a generous 26 litre (Approx) zippered compartment containing one mesh pocket and a 3 litre hydration bladder sleave with hook and loop bladder hanger. On top of the pack is a bar-tacked hydration tube/cable routing port.

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Externally the pack features one zippered pouch for quick access to items such as gloves,  pens, keys, ID, food and ammunition. Externally we have also features a cinch cord system for garments such as the Snugpak Platatac Airpak Jacket.

Furthermore the inclusion of side tensioning straps for when the pack is full to capacity.

The pack has a very small pack size and can fit inside our Alice Pack XL External pockets (with straps detached).

The G2G pack has been constructed from 500/1000 denier Cordura for heavy duty abrasion resistance.  We have utilised lightweight foam sewn in a chevron pattern to provide structure and padding without affecting the ability to fold the pack up for storage.

The heavy duty grab handle has been made from 38mm web tape and has been flag stitched for strength.

All zippers include paracord pulls.

With Echo Pack straps included this pack is truly good to go.

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Dimensions:

Main pocket: 460mm (H) x 320mm (W) x 180mm(D)

Front pocket 190mm (H) 210mm (W)

Internal mesh pocket 120mm (H) x 23mm (W)

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Features:

  • 70mm x50mm hook and loop field for IFF, V-Lite ect
  • Reinforced stitched drainage grommet
  • 26 Litre capacity (approx)
  • Mesh Pocket
  • Bar tacking on all major sew points
  • Reversed YKK zippers
  • ITW Nexus Hardware
  • Cordura Nylon
  • MADE IN AUSTRALIA

The PLATATAC – Good To Go (G2G) Pack is available in MultiCam, ATACS FG, ATACS AU, Marine Cam (Platatac Designed), Auscam, Desert Auscam, Olive, Khaki, Tan, Black, Grey, Navy for $179.00 from Platatac.com

 
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FirstSpear – Skirmisher Firearms Training Bag

Published on May 9, 2014 by in Featured, News, Products

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The Skirmisher facilitates transportation and organization of your firearms and ammunition along with related accessories. Discrete and smartly arranged, this system can hold up to 3 full-sized handguns with or without lights, 1 AR style take-down rifle and associated training gear such as ear/eye pro.

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Magazines, boxed ammunition and a top center bin for loose “top up” ammunition are all features of this pack. The bag can be transported backpack style, single strap style or carried from a continuous-length webbing handle.

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Padded in all key areas to protect lights, lasers and optics, the Skirmisher takes maximum advantage of design and material to provide you with a total training enhancement.

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Dimensions: 25″ X 13″ X 4″
Weight: 3.20 lbs
Available in Black, Coyote, Khaki, Ranger Green and MultiCam
Price: $267.78

Order any Skirmisher Pack from first-spear.com and get a FREE  “Other Girl” T-shirt .

 
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ATS Tactical Gear – Cobra 2.5 Pack In Kryptek

Published on April 17, 2014 by in News, Products

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ATS Tactical Gear made up a couple prototypes of their Cobra 2.5 pack in Kryptek Typhon and Highlander for a customer, and have plans to produce and make them commercially available.

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The Kryptek Cobra 2.5s feature the same Brushed DriLex lining and compatibility with the CAP series organizational pouches as previous models. ATS will also be adding Kryptek patterns to the color matrix on their site in the coming weeks.

The Cobra 2.5 one day assault pack is a slick front, low vis redesign of the original ATS Cobra pack. The 2.5 was designed to be a less “military” looking pack and is as simple as the design can be. 2.5 measures about 19″ tall, 13 inches wide and is about 3.75″ deep, and is almost 927 cubic inches. The Multicam Litelok version of the 2.5 weighs 1.5 pounds, while the 500 D packs weigh in a half pound heavier at an even 2 pounds.

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The pack has brushed DriLex on the inside of the front panel and on the inside back panel of the pack to utilize the ATS CAP (Cobra Accessory Pouch) line of organizing pouches. There is a hydration carrier slot in the back face and a center mounted port for drink tubes and cable routing. A carry handle is Box X sewn to the top, and there are two rows of PALS webbing on the bottom for attachments and to add a layer of protection to the bottom of the pack. The zippers are the best available: #10 YKK coil zippers and dual zipper pulls, with the front face flat pocket using a #8 YKK coil zipper with a single zipper pull. The pull tabs have been replaced with Mil Spec 550 cord to keep metal-on-metal noise to a minimum. The face zips all the way open for easy access. There are four external compression straps with ITW/Nexus 1″ GTSR side release buckles and a six inch long by two inch wide soft side Velcro panel for patches, placards and tapes.

The Cobra 2.5 is currently available in Coyote Brown and Multicam 500D Cordura, and Duro Litelok in Multicam for $152.25 from ATS Tactical Gear

 
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