A couple of years ago, OK…like eight years ago, I was going through trying to find the right backpack. I found it in the Expeditionary Pack. It is tough as nails, comfortable, and large enough for a 30-day journey. But, it was just that…HUGE! I started looking for something smaller. Since then I’ve found several decent smaller packs, one was perfect for many applications, Fieldline Surge Tactical Hydration Pack. It was especially well-suited for the Field Trauma Care Kit (FTCK). But I still wanted something more portable, more applicable to urban escape & evasion where low-profile is a top priority. I found a great pack just for that purpose – the Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack
Mission Statement –
“A sturdy low-profile backpack of sufficient size to carry supplies, gear, and equipment for 72-hours in an urban setting.”
Requirements & Restrictions –
- Must be sturdy.
- Must have multiple internal pockets and compartments to organize contents.
- Must have a concealed compartment for a pistol.
- Should be highly weather resistant.
Technical Information –
- Ambidextrous shoulder strap
- 9 liters of total storage
- Quick-release buckle on main strap for rapid deployment
- On-the-go style carry handle
- Snap-closure concealed-carry sleeve on back panel
- Two external pockets for quick access to items
- Master compartment houses a slip pocket with touch-fastener closure
- Master compartment accommodates an iPad or other popular tablets
- MOLLE webbing platform on front and shoulder strap for adding pouches and gear
- Rugged 600 Denier Polyester construction with PVC lining
- Size: 8″W x 12″H x 6″D
From the Manufacturer –
Our most popular concealed-carry pack is the Rover Sling Pack. The Rover is equipped with an ambidextrous sling which allows for quick, hands-free access. A concealed-carry sleeve on the back panel of the bag easily and comfortably houses a pistol. The main compartment of the bag is large enough to fit most popular tablets. The three storage compartments are large enough to tote a first aid kit, binoculars, ammunition, or many survival essentials. Internal and external pockets contain admin dividers and organizers.
Features & Findings –
The first thing that struck me was the apparent quality of the build. The pack is well sewn, reinforced where needed, and padded where required. The 600 denier material appears to be pretty dang decent and has held up well. The color is very subdued and blends in well in almost every environment. Then there are the pockets.
The overall interior is plenty big enough to match the mission statement. Remember, this pack is not meant to be some GOOD BOB or even a 3-day tactical mission bag. This bag is meant for a short-term (up to 72-hours) requirement or when low-profile is the top priority.
The interior has plenty of pockets of various sizes. You know me, I believe that a pack’s contents must not only be organized, the contents must be properly stored in an organized format. You don’t want a big blob of contents just floating around in a bag. Results of that mess would be never finding what you looked for without dumping everything on the ground. You won’t have that worry with this bag.
The Rover comes in all of the standard colors plus some camo options as well. The options are –
- Coyote (lighter brown)
- Flat Dark Earth (darker brown)
- Olive Drab
- Woodland Digital
- Coyote Brown with Olive Brown MOLLE Webbing
- Olive Drab with Red Stitching
- Tornado with Black MOLLE Webbing
- Tornado with Royal Blue Stitching
You know me a little by now, the only colors I would suggest are the Coyote (lighter brown) or Flat Dark Earth (darker brown). Black will be a bright white beacon under night vision. Any camo pattern will make you stick out. Olive Drab looks to military. Any of the combo colors just isn’t my style. And I have no idea what the “Tornado” color looks like in real life.
Two basic options…in the main compartment or the rear pocket.
The pack also has a nifty little strap that can be used to stabilize the pack if needed. And if you were getting really physical while wearing the pack the strap would come in real handy.
Amazon Rating 4.4 stars out of 5.
I like this pack, I like it a lot, it has a lot of great features. Plus, it is low profile as well. You don’t look like a survivalist specialist, former Special Forces, death machine while wearing it. You look like just another person wearing a sling pack.
What you know, that they don’t, is this pack is extremely sturdy, well laid out, plenty of organizational pockets, and that great little hide-a-way pocket for your weapon. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t advocate not carrying your pistol on you. But, should you find yourself in the situation where it isn’t the right thing to do…then this pack keeps that weapon close at hand while being well hidden.
How much do I like this pack? I own one and I bought another for my wife.
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