Maxpedition Falcon II Review


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.
maxpedition-falcon-II_4The 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 maxpedition-falcon-II_2total 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 maxpedition-falcon-II_3and 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.


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5 comments… add one
  • Ron G. Feb 6, 2015, 11:10 am

    I liked this pack so much I bought a second. One of them I keep loaded as my shtf bag, and the second is used for backpacking outings. This is a really great site Mike – keep up the good work and Semper Fidelis!

    • Mike Feb 6, 2015, 11:15 am

      Hey Ron – thanks for the comment on your Falcon. I’ve always liked Maxpedition packs myself and I like your setup with the shtf pack. In the Marine Corps, we love preparedness. Semper Fi!

  • SurvivenThrive Feb 6, 2015, 12:02 pm

    Excellent site!

  • Raymond Feb 10, 2016, 1:32 am

    Hi Mike,
    I came across this web page, when I was doing my research on a good backpack to purchase. Let me introduce myself, my name is Raymond & I am from Perth Western Australia. I am just an average family man with a hard working background. When I do need to buy something expensive, I always do a good research before letting go of my hard earn cash. Most of my purchase online are decided on others experienced people reviews & recommendations, just like yourself! When I came across this webpage, I was in for a treat. I personally found your review to be a wonderful guide to someone like me. I decided on the Maxpedition Falcon II (Khaki) with FR-1 Medical Pouch & 12×5 Insulated Water Bottle Holder. I just received my goods the other day & have been using it for work daily. I also plan to use this for camping, hiking & travels. Maxpedition Falcon II is all I imagine it to be. It is very well constructed & quite a good looking bag. It is a perfect size for me (approx. height 165cm) & sits on my back very well. It is very tough & I can see this bag lasting me many years to come. But then again, I always do look after all my gears. The bag has so many pockets for all your needs & hidden pockets for your documents (which is very handy on travels). The zippers is very well designed which I find that it will not be caught or jammed with the side material. I would recommend this bag to anyone looking for an good investment. Finally I would like to thank you for your web page, which made it very easy for me to decide on such an awesome bag!
    Kind regards,
    Raymond from Perth Western Australia

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