Maxpedition makes some of the finest military backpacks available and the Falcon II is a shining example. This pack is a tactical bag, which is GSA
compliant. It has MOLLE webbing on the front, left and right sides of the backpack. The accordion style bag is also compatible with ALICE gear. There is a Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS) that provides for distribution of the weight of the gear, which can be attached to multiple points on the webbing. The backpack is available in black, foliage green, khaki, khaki/foliage, safety yellow, fire/EMS red, royal blue/foliage, orange/foliage and OD green.
The sternum strap has a quick release buckle and can keep the bag in place, while a map or compass is being used. The curved shoulder straps are foam-padded and cushion the weight of the backpack. We had the straps wrapped smoothly across our shoulders, while the loads were being easily supported across our backs. The waist straps, which were removable, helped to control any rocking motion and locked the loads into fixed positions, when we hiked across rough terrain.
There are two compartments that will each accommodate a three liter water reservoir. The rear bladder pouch is large enough to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). The front of the backpack has an upper and a lower zippered pouch. There are two internal mesh pockets, two internal zippered mesh pockets and six slip pockets. The backpack has five compartments, which offer a total of 2510 cubic inches or 25 liters of storage space.
There are two grommets on the bottom, which function as drainage ports. The bottom of the bag is designed to prevent slipping and to resist abrasion from rough surfaces. The backpack is made from 1050-Denier ballistic nylon, which is water-resistant and resists damage from abrasion. The nylon is treated with a DuPont Teflon® fabric protector that resists damage from grime. We simply used wet cloths to wipe the dirt off of our backpacks. The fabric is also triple coated with polyurethane for water resistance and should not be machine washed or cleaned with a detergent.
The top of the backpack has a grab handle, two attachment straps and a port for a tube. We could easily lift the bags, which have an ergonomic design. The compartments are sealed with dual-directional YKK® zippers that have para-cord zipper pulls. A closed-cell, AS-100 foam padding is used in the shoulder straps and cushions the load. The webbing and thread are made from high tensile strength nylon. The strap buckles are made from UTX-Duraflex® nylon and quietly cinch together.
There are side and front compression straps that safely secure a load. When the bag is compressed, there is less damage from gear that may roll around. We could tighten the straps and compress the backpacks into firm bundles that could be smoothly supported across our shoulders. The straps and stress points were reinforced with stitching, which permitted us to firmly cinch the compression straps. The internal seams are taped to prevent damage to the seams and to keep the backpack tightly sealed.
If you’re looking for a medium size pack with huge features, the Maxpedition Falcon II won’t let you down.