Maxpedition Condor-II Review


Maxpedition is based in California and has been making Military Specification nylon gear since 1988.  Their guiding philosophy has always been self-improvement.  This is evident in their constant innovations in the areas of user-friendly design and ergonomics.

The Condor-II is definitely proof of their quality workmanship.  This backpack comes in Black, Olive Drab, Khaki and Foliage Green.  The Condor-II is in the large end of the medium size class and due to it’s intelligently compartmentalized design, has an internal capacity of over maxpedition-condor-II_31950 cubic inches plus a special section just for a 3L hydration reservoir with b-directional tube port (not included).  The Condor-II is unique to it’s brothers and sisters because it’s design incorporates more PALS webbing than any other Maxpedition backpack.

This design has become the industry standard for tactical and military specification gear attachment.  While we’re talking about gear attachment, this model backpack can be fitted with the TacTie(TM) attachment strap system.  Designed by Maxpedition, the TacTie(TM) system is designed to attach external pouches, pockets and accessories onto MOLLE and PALS packs by way of interlocking.  This greatly increases the Condor’s load bearing ability above and beyond it’s already generous design.

The back padding is soft and well ventilated and, with well padded, curved shoulder straps and sternum support, this pack remains comfortable even when it’s stuffed to capacity and full of external attachments.  You won’t be long into your first excursion with this bag before it’s clear; ergonomics were at the forefront of the Condor’s development.

Overall, this pack measures 13″L x 16″H x 9″W and has almost 80 channels of PALS webbing.  Made from 1000D water-resistant ballistic nylon with Teflon, you can be sure your gear stays safe and secure.  All internal seams are taped and finished and, the entire bag is stitched using maxpedition-condor-II_2high tensile strength composite nylon thread and triple polyurethane coated.

One of our favorite features of the Maxpedition Condor-II is its TacTie attachment system.  There are tons of accessory bags which can be attached using this system, not to mention that it’s fully compatible with all of your MOLLE gear as well.  Attach some GRIMLOC D-rings, cell phone, you name it. Plus, the bag actually has 2 loops on the top of it and short straps on the main pack straps.  Maxpedition doesn’t makea big deal out of these but we will!  That’s more attachment possibility so it counts for a lot in a review.  If you held a gun to our head and forced us to choose one best thing about this backpack, it would have to be comfort.  After a 6 hour hump fully loaded, I must say, at the end of the day (literally), this bag is just flat out comfortable.  If you’re in the market for a smaller backpack that delivers ten times what it ought to, make sure to include the Maxpedition Condor-II on your short list.

Maxpedition is by far one of our favorite manufacturers of military and tactical storage bags.


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