You never get a second chance to make a first impression. And from the first moment I handled the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack, I knew the pack is a solid piece of equipment.
One reasons why this buttpack was picked, I needed something to carry just enough gear for a day hike. My current fannypack is a little big, so I decided to downsize.
Not only is this a fannypack, but it has a grab handle on the top. So the pack can be carried by hand, or worn around the waist.
Since the Versipack as ALICE attachment points, this makes the pack a modular system. Instead of carrying a water bottle inside the pack, I added a 2 quart canteen on the back of the pack.
Please note that the canteen does NOT come with the pack. The canteen is one that I had on my Maxpedition Vulture II backpack.
I took the canteen it off the Vulture II pack and put it on the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack.
After wearing the canteen on the pack as shown in the picture, it became clear that the weight of the canteen on the backside of the pack was not going to work out. I ended up taking the canteen off the pack.
The main compartment is large enough for a bottle of water, which worked out better then a canteen attached to the outside of the pack.
Some of the materials used in the construction of the pack:
* 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
* Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance
* High tensile strength nylon webbing
* High tensile strength composite nylon thread (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread)
* Internal seams taped and finished
* Paracord zipper pulls
* Stress points double stitched, Bartacked or “Box-and-X” stitched for added strength
Zippers are one place that manufactors try to get off cheap. But since this pack uses YKK zippers, you dont have to worry about them failing in the middle of a hike.
In May of 2008, my daughter, my son and I went on a hiking and camping trip. We did not hike that far, maybe about 3/4 mile from where the truck was parked. On the way to the camping spot, One of the zippers on my daughters pack failed. Some of her gear fell out of her pack and onto the ground. The zipper was not a YKK and the pack was not a product of Maxpedition.
Because the Proteus Versipack uses YKK zippers, I suspect the zipper will not be failing in the middle of a hike.
Its really nice when a manufacture pays attention to little details. Lets take this pack as an example. There are two clasp on the belt that holds the extra slack. This keeps the unused portion of the belt from flopping around as you walk.
I own a pack that cost twice as much as this one (its not made by maxpedition). But the more expensive pack is missing those little clasp. Surely they dont cost more then 10 cents or so (just guessing). So why did is more expensive pack missing the details?
Maybe because they were over looked? But from what I see, there is very little that is overlooked by the designers at Maxpedition.
My rating for this product is an A+. Rarely do I see anything that is built like this pack – and I have tried a lot of brand names. When your miles from the nearest person, and out of cell phone range you need gear that can keep up with you.
This is part 1 of a review series on the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack. The next part of the review will be an actual in the field test. While your waiting for the second part of the review, visit the official Maxpedition website.
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