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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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Hazard4 – Kato Messenger

Published on July 22, 2014 by in News

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When iPads and other electronic devices are used in potentially dangerous, fast-moving situations, there needs to be a way to keep them safe. Part of Hazard 4′s Sidekick collection of small, nimble, modular bags, the Kato is their tablet-carry solution.The Kato’s fast-access, padded and quilted back-pocket cradles the user’s tablet while the other compartments allow the user to store various essential gear.

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Major features of the Kato include a padded panel in the main bay that fits an 11-inch MacBook, a unique 3D flap-pocket with locking-capable zipper-sliders for fast access on the run and two sets of strap D-rings for flap over/under use.

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Features:

  • fast-grab padded/quilted tablet pocket on back
  • padded panel in main bay fits MacBook 11”
  • unique 3-d flap-pocket for fast access on the run
  • 3-d flap-pocket has locking-capable zipper-sliders
  • large velcro panel for i.d.’s, logos, etc. on the front
  • large, locking front-buckle is secure and handy
  • tough-material on flap-edge in the high-use area
  • rubbery, vented handle for a secure wet-grip
  • two sets of strap D-rings for flap over/under use
  • modular MOLLE web field can double capacity
  • flap conceals the gear mounted on the MOLLE
  • large side-pouch w/ MOLLE & accessory-loop
  • zippered side pouch fits a smaller soda bottle
  • access the main bay through unique flap-zipper
  • can be worn as a 3-point chest-pack
  • quilted sides hold & protect DSLR cameras/lenses!
  • vented/MOLLE-topped-pad strap w/ stabilizer

The Kato is available for $99.99 in black, coyote or OD Green, and for $122.45 in ATACS and MultiCam from Hazard4.com

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News by: killa@operator7airsoft.com

 
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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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FirstSpear – Summer Catalog now Available

Published on July 14, 2014 by in Featured, Multimedia, News

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Great news today. the guys over at FirstSpear just  released their Summer Catalog (V7) with about 69 pages full of badass gear like Plate Carriers, Modular Pouches,Chest Rigs,Rifle Bags,Back Packs, T-shirts just to name a few of the products you cand find on their catalog, interested? Cool, just click the catalog cover below and enjoy the FirstSpear – Summer Catalog

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Flyye Industries Law Enforcement Chest Rig

Published on July 3, 2014 by in Featured, News, Reviews

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This is that time of the year you curse your body armour. The weight of it, the lack of breathability and awkwardness while playing on a hot summer day. Luckily, if you’re not thinking about doing a whole weekender, you can grab yourself a lightweight highly breathable chest rig and run a minimalistic loadout that will not only  give you speed, it can also help you cool in these sizzling days!

That’s what I did last Sunday when I set out to test the FLYYE LAW ENF Chest Rig, and what a lucky choice as it was a very hot English summer day.

Continue reading the full review here.

 
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Haley Strategic Partners – Incog Rifle Bag

Published on July 3, 2014 by in Featured, News, Products

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A range bag. A discreet carry bag. The perfect organizer for your pelican case. The HSP Incog Rifle Bag is all of the above. Designed to hold an assembled 14.5″ carbine or a broken down SPR, the HSP Incog Rifle Bag is the perfect way to transport your kit to the range without drawing attention to yourself.

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Offered in Haley Strategic Partners signature Disruptive Grey, the HSP Incog Rifle Bag is built from a durable 1000D Cordura outer body sewn with nylon thread, 9-12 stitches per inch, and reinforced bar tack construction.

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The main gusset has #10 YKK zippers on both sides for independent access and web handle for accelerated opening both sides.The bottom gusset is reinforced with 2″ web to manage and reduce wear over time.Both the front and back panel, as well as the gussets, have 1/4″ closed cell foam and 30M poly to protect against impact.

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The HSP Incog Rifle Bag is an ideal organizer to layout your handgun, carbine, chest rig, magazines and other range essentials in a single organized unit for easy transport.  The HSP Incog Rifle Bag is available for $170.00 from haleystrategic.com

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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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US Palm – Agile Combat System Kit in A-TACS AU

Published on June 25, 2014 by in Featured, News, Products

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US PALM has developed an entire gear system around rapid plug-and-play mission driven adaptation. For those that push gear to its fullest potential, but find themselves in an ever-changing mission requirements or environments, The Agile Combat System, or ACS Kit for short, was designed for the end user.
“Things change, and you’re trained to adapt – your gear should too,”  isn’t just a catchy marketing slogan, it was the mantra during the entire +18 months of R&D that went into the development of the ACS Kit. The ACS Kit strikes the ultimate balance between mission specific equipment and modularity.

At this time, the ACS family of components are comprised of 3 main platform options, the Desert Tracker Plate Carrier [DTPC], the AK Attack Rack, version 2 [AKAR v2] and the Multi-Platform Attack Rack [MPAR]. Dependent on the mission, the operator can choose the front platform first, then decide on hard attached sustainment back solutions, or not, and keep them removable. Plates, or no plates? Riding/Flying to the fight, adaptability is key – Even when mission requirements dictate walking in from a drop-off point 12 miles away. Needing to support multiple weapons platforms, no problem.

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As an example: users can pair a Desert Tracker Plate Carrier with a Draco HBP, ACS Collar and ACS Side Release Kit, and have a full coverage hard-plate compatible rig with plenty of adaptability. Or, pair an MPAR with a Gryphon EDC, and by utilizing both components stock shoulder straps, this option offers the abilty to maintain a lower-profile, agile, dynamic environment Kit that still provides outstanding soft IIIa armor solutions front and back.

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The ACS family of components were truly designed with the professional in mind. There is simply not another system that is as durable and adaptive as the US PALM Agile Combat System.

Features:

  • Desert Tracker Plate Carrier [DTPC]
  • Multi-Platform Attack Rack [MPAR]
  • AK Attack Rack, version 2 [AKARv2]
  • ACS Collar
  • Draco HBP
  • Gryphon EDC
  • ACS Hydro Tail – coming soon…
  • DTPC Rear Armor Panel [RAP] – coming soon…

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All of the ACS components are constructed of 500d Cordura nylon, and utilize made in the USA hardware and materials, and are completely Made in the USA, and fully Berry Compliant. For more information on this system and other A-TACS Camo products from US Palm or, to purchase one online or find a dealer, visit them online at www.uspalm.com

 
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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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Head On Tactical – Battle Rig & Honey Badger Rig

Published on June 6, 2014 by in Featured, News, Products

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Head On Tactical has introduced two new chest rigs – the Battle Rig and the Honey Badger Rig. The two chest rigs are similar in that they both have “X” harnesses, integrated flap and buckle secured pistol mag pouches, an integrated GP/IFAK pouch, and a map pocket in the body of the rig. They differ in the configuration of their magazines pouches.

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The Battle rig is made of 3 double M4, adjustable lid pouches, 2 adjustable lid and FSTX secured pistol pouches, and a 4×5 utility pouch. All pouches are double walled 1000D cordura along with the lids and the velcro secured map pouch on the main panel. We rolled the tops of each pouch, making the top 1/2″ 4 layers thick for added rigidity to make reinserting yours goods easier. We also went ahead and added adjustable 1/8″ shock cord around each rifle magazine pouch so your 2nd mag isn’t all loosey-goosey after mag number one is in your rifle taking care of business.

Available in Black,Coyote Brown and Ranger Green for $135.00 or MultiCam, A-Tacs AU and Kryptek Highlander for $145.00 from Head On Tactical

Honey Badger

The Honey Badger rig has 4 open top pouches that will hold any M4 and most AK type magazines, 2 adjustable lid and FSTX secured pistol pouches, and a 4×5 utility pouch. Each rifle magazine pouch is constructed of 2 layers of genuine 1000D Cordura, comes with a bungee retention system with an easy to grab pull-tab, and is lined inside front and back with loop velcro. This velcro allows the user to retain the magazine with a small tab of hook velcro on the magazine, or with the use of kydex made ‘inserts’. On the front of each rifle magazine pouch is Pals webbing for attaching any other pouches the user needs. We rolled the tops of each pouch, making the top 1/2″ 4 layers thick for added rigidity to make reinserting yours goods easier. The back panel is also made of 2 layers of 1000D Cordura and forms the velcro secured map pocket for storing any other essentials. Each rig is worn using the included X-Harness and is fully compatable with our Modular back panel for added comfort and expandability.

Available in Black,Coyote Brown and Ranger Green for $135.00 or MultiCam, A-Tacs AU and Kryptek Highlander for $145.00 from Head On Tactical

 

 
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