Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy For a Warm Weather Backpack

The Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy is an excellent all around backpack, including a warm weather backpack. It’s just big enough for a day long hike, or a light weight overnight camping pack, without being too large the hiker is tempted to carry unneeded gear.

Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy

One of the questions I have been asked, “what makes a pack a warm weather pack?” In my opinion, its the packs size – its so small you can not carry spare clothing. In a cold weather camping or hiking situation, you will probably want to bring extra clothing, maybe a hat gloves, extra socks,,,, the usual stuff that hikers and campers my need in cold weather.

In hot weather you can take clothing off, in cold weather you have to have extra clothing to put it on. If the extra clothing is not in the pack, there is nothing to put on.

Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy

The Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy was picked because of its perfect size. Its just big enough to fit everything I carry on a warm weather camping trip.

Inside The Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy I Sometimes Carry

  • Parachute Hammock
  • Rain Poncho
  • Poncho liner
  • Food
  • First Aid kit
  • GPS
  • 2 Compasses
  • TOPO Maps
  • Gerber Multitool
  • Water Filter
  • Water Bottle
  • Nylon Cord

And a some other stuff.

In warm/hot weather camping there is no need in bringing a sleeping bag rated at 40 degrees.  Instead of a sleeping bag, a US military poncho liner is used.  This provides protection from the chilly night air. Instead of a tent, bring a hammock.  The rain poncho can be used as a shelter over the parachute hammock.

maxpedition falcon-ii pygmy

There is a lot to love about the Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy.  The built in water bottle pouches save having to add canteens.

The external pouches are large enough for TOPO maps, compass, GPS and water filter.  Having the most used gear in the external pouches saves having t open the main compartment every time the hiker stops for a rest break.

Over the years the Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy has been taken on numerous hiking trips.  Due to its rugged design, it has earned a place as one of my favorite Maxpedition backpacks.  As far as I am concerned, the Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy is one of the best Maxpedition backpacks on the market.

★★★★★
$136.70
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Features

  • Overall size: 9"(L) x 10"(W) x 18"(H)
  • Main compartment: 9"(L) x 4"(W) x 18"(H)
  • Secondary compartment: 8"(L) x 3"(W) x 16"(H)
  • Volume: 1400 cu.in. / 23L

Description

  • Overall size: 9"(L) x 10"(W) x 18"(H)
  • Main compartment: 9"(L) x 4"(W) x 18"(H)
  • Secondary compartment: 8"(L) x 3"(W) x 16"(H)
  • Volume: 1400 cu.in. / 23L
  • One (1) 8.5"(L) x 17"(H) zippered compartment with internal loop field accommodates CCW or 100oz/3L water reservoir

User reviews

Nice looking product, durable build, but I'm 6'2" @ 240lbs, it's a bit too small LOL, should have measured it, really needed a much larger molle pack. I really like the design and durability and hope to see a much larger pack for us bigger guys. I purchased the Falcon 3 (without measuring it) too and it's too small as well. However, my kids love them, they use them for everything, so no loss!
I load up 40 pounds of sand and then some books and electronics - sometimes a water bottle and a poncho in case it rains for may daily 3 mile commute on foot that I sometimes cut through hiking trails on. This stays put on my back and it is hardly noticeable. I've used other heavy duty (tactical) brands but this one is the most organizable and least noticeable. I dont hate my other backpacks (I have a lot of backpacks and sling bags) but this one is by far my favorite for daily and for adventuring.
Love this bag. Looks great, feels very durable and sturdy. I've bought other bags like this for way cheaper and they fell apart after a little bit. This one has been way better. Comfortable to wear around. Have not used it with a hydration pack yet but I fit a 2L in with no issues to test it. Straps are sturdy and mounted a bottle carrier on the side, nice tight fit.


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Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack

★★★★★
$162.99
$139.24
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Features

  • Main Compartment: 18"(H) x 9.5"(W) x 4.75"(D)
  • Secondary Compartment: 16"(H) x 8"(W) x 3"(D)
  • Upper Front Pouch: 4"(H) x 7"(W) x 2.5"(D)
  • Lower Front Pouch: 10"(H) x 7"(W) x 2.5"(D)
  • Capacity: 1520 cu. in. / 25 liters

Description

  • We finish our bags with a triple coat of polyurethane for water resistance and add a final coat of DuPont Teflon Fabric Protector to repel the elements. Only the best components and designs are used.
  • We use complete YKK zippers and slides exclusively unlike our competitors who put YKK slides on generic zippers.
  • we add military grade nylon webbing for straps, handles,...

    User reviews

    Maxpedition Falcon II BackpackPros: Sturdy, ridged, perfect size for a small to medium size frame, compact and expandableCons: Awful chemical smell! Loose and uneven stitching, too many loose straps, no bottle holder (you have to purchase one separately)I usually carry an EDC (Every Day Carry) along with my work stuff in one backpack. Most tactical backpacks are bulky and cumbersome. Not so much with the Falcon Backpack. Reviewers commented on how small this bag is and I can see why they say that. When I first opened the box shocked I was relieved by the compact size. I was looking for something that wasn’t too big as I’m a little over five feet tall. I can see why this pack could be too small for some though. This is a perfect size for a carry on - especially if you keep a couple days worth of clothing and personal hygiene items with you in case your luggage gets lost.My old backpack was bulky, use to sag, and pull on the straps if I put a decent amount of stuff in it. This pack is ridged, not flimsy, so it keeps its form. I haven’t noticed the weight like with my other bag. I like that it has several straps to keep it compact but will also allow for greater expansion if needed.I have two main complaints. One, the smell is horrendous! It’s a mixture between formaldehyde and dog poop on your shoes. I know that sounds strange but that is the only way I know how to describe it. I’ve had this backpack by my desk for several days and the headache from the smell is nauseating. My eyes are burning. The attached tag stated that the pack was treated with Teflon-which might explain it. It would also explain why this pack is so ridged. It seems that you could do all kind of damage to it and it will still keep its shape. I now understand why one reviewer stated that the pack is bulletproof. If you want something that is supple or malleable this is not the pack for you. The second complaint would be the stitching. I paid $140 for this pack. I was expecting better quality and even stitching.FYI: This pack doesn’t have a side pocket for a drink/water bottle. You have to buy one separately. I’m guessing they decided a beverage pouch was not needed because of the water bladder compartment. Speaking of the water bladder-it goes in a separate zippered compartment in the back. The bottom of bladder compartment does have a hole for drainage if something happens to the bladder. The rest of the packs bottom is solid. If you put it down on something wet it shouldn’t immediately seep into the inside.It has a good bit of Molle webbing on the front, sides and shoulder straps. It has a key ring above the top pocket that has a snap closure. It also has a clip attached to one of the inside pockets.There are eight straps that are free to whip in the wind. I was disappointed that they didn’t come with some sort of tie down. It reminds me of an octopus with flailing arms. They are distracting, cumbersome and messy looking. The straps are nicely padded. I Used a towel in the end photos to show the straps on the bottom. The bottom straps can be used to hold a sleeping bag, coat or additional carry on attachments.Overall a strong sturdy backpack.
    My background: I own more than two dozen tactical bags, packs and pouches, the majority of them being Maxpedition--multiple Versipacks, laptop bags, messenger bags, ARG gear, etc., some of which I have been using for roughly a decade. I am extremely active, have taken my Maxpedition bags with me through every form of sporting activity, have used them extensively in the field and have taken them around the world on my regular international travels. Maxpedition gear is, hands down, the toughest stuff I have found at ANY price range. Some of their bag layouts are dated and not always an efficient use of real estate (Fatboy), but they are the only bags that I can honestly say have NEVER failed me, or even hinted at failure. I bought this Falcon II for the primary purpose of being my international carry-on, replacing my Max laptop quad bag that didn't hold enough travel gear. And while I only unpacked my new Falcon II a few hours ago, I can already tell you that this is my new favorite backpack and an amazing piece of work.INITIAL IMPRESSION: Again, I just received it. But again, I've owned Max gear for years. I can spot/feel quality, and this is quality. As always, the bag is stiff and compacted. Max bags generally take a month or two to soften up a bit, but they will never be "soft" bags. The thick, quality material that does not give in. I own a 9yo Versipack that I have beat the living **** out of over the years and it still looks new. Granted, it's covered with white crusty stains--that's my old dried sweat salt, from using it in the field and never washing it. A cop buddy of mine bought his Max bag just before starting the police academy ten years ago, and to this day still uses it. Crams it full of backup/tactical gear, ammo, magazines and chucks it in the trunk of his patrol car every morning and a decade later it still ain't coming apart.SIZE/LAYOUT: This is the area I'm most excited about. This bag is the PERFECT size for me. We've all seen the pics so no need to go into detail about the compartments--there's a main compartment, a middle one, two smaller pouch-type compartments on the exterior and a hidden compartment in the back for hydration or a concealed handgun rig. For my needs, I wanted a backpack that could fit my laptop in it and comfortably accompany me both on the airplane and also out in the field where I may, at times, be moving quickly. This is a long but narrow pack, not at all bulky even when fully extended, and is just the perfect size to combine storage space with maneuverability. I know some guys have said they would use it as an overnighter bag, and I'm confident I could pull that off, but I seriously would not want this as my primary bag if I was going into a situation where there's even a remote chance that I might have to stay out for more than a night. That's when I switch to my Samsonite Airlight shoulder pack and a smaller tactical secondary for my electronic/weapons gear.If/when I carry a firearm I do so in a concealment rig on my body, and I'm not carrying a hydration rig, so the only thing the hidden pocket will be used for--and very effectively--is to hold my boarding passes and other airport paperwork that I don't like to store in areas more easily accessible to thieves (like the outer pouch). To that end, the hidden compartment wonderful. Simply swing the bag to the side and grab my documents. The zipper and layout would be very, very difficult for a thief to access without my knowing.My main concern with the main compartment would be that it fit my 14" laptop in a sleeve, a sweater/fleece and perhaps a couple cans of beer that I always sneak onto the plane. I can tell you now, IT DOES.The middle compartment is perfect for my 10.1" Samsung notebook and Amazon Kindle. This compartment, like the main, is quite tall and surprisingly roomy, so you can fit a surprising amount in there. I took off all the cross-body straps and store them in the bottom of this compartment, just in case I have to use this pack while running. I obviously don't need to be all strapped-in to a rig while strolling through the airport.With the outer pouch pockets, the larger (lower) of the two has an internal panel where I'll probably just store a few pens and a flashlight, plus my medicine kit and toothbrush travel set. It can hold much more. The smaller will be for all of my travel USB cables and chargers or, once I've landed, perhaps a pair of sunglasses. You could probably fit at least two pairs in there.OVERALL COMFORT: This is not a bag meant to carry heavy loads. I would probably be hesitant to load anything more than 30lbs in this pack, as it's simply not built for that kind of payload. The straps are well made and designed, but not thick, padded or robust enough to carry around a lot of weight, and while I have no doubt the structural integrity and materials of the bag could withstand 50lbs of crap in the bag, I doubt it would be very comfortable. This is a light bag for a person who many need to maneuver through dynamic situations.LIKES:1) Size, layout, expected Max quality and projected durability.2) There's an ACTUAL, WELL-MADE CARRYING HANDLE ON TOP!! This has consistently been my only criticism of Maxpedition gear--go ask anyone who owns a Fatboy Versipack, or almost any other Max pack. But the Falcon II has about as tough of a handle as you can ask for and it's AWESOME.3) Fits everything I need as an airline/tactical bag, nothing more, nothing less.DISLIKES:1) This is not an actual criticism as it plays a functional component of this bag, but there are SO MANY straps hanging here and there. Again, I removed the cross-body straps and keep those in the middle compartment. If you don't have any specialist hardware to tie-up or tie-in all the loose straps hanging about, just get creative and fold, flip or otherwise rig them into any of the many existing and functional loops.2) This is also not a criticism but a hopeful suggestion. If, like on most other Max packs, they could rig a small side pouch or two on the exterior (yes, I know you can purchase one separately and I do own them), that would be amazing. Somewhere to store my Leatherman or tac light for quick and easy access, or perhaps a small camera or even pepper spray. Small side pouches are always useful and wouldn't take up much space or obtrude much on a pack this slim.I rarely receive new gear and am so excited about it that I spend the next three hours playing with it and writing about it on Amazon, and like I mentioned earlier, this is not my first tactical bag. That should tell you all you need to know. If the dimensions and layout work for you, don't bother having to ponder over this one. Just hit order, and you'll have your new favorite bag.
    I just received my Maxpedition bag And was damaged. It came with a broken snap....See attached photo. Very unhappy!!


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Maxpedition Falcon III Backpack, Khaki

★★★★★
$202.90
$168.45
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Features

  • Overall size: 10"(L) x 12"(W) x 18"(H)
  • Main compartment:  10"(L) x 6"(W) x 18"(H)
  • Overall volume: 2160 cu. in. / 35L

Description

  • 100% Denier
  • Imported
  • Overall size: 10"(L) x 12"(W) x 18"(H)
  • Main compartment: 10"(L) x 6"(W) x 18"(H)
  • Overall volume: 2160 cu. in. / 35L
  • CCW pocket, with lockable zippers, fits large pistols
  • 3D breathable mesh padded back and shoulder straps

User reviews

Overall summary: The Falcon III backpack is constructed exceptionally well with premium zippers, buckles, and material. Heavy loads are easily accommodated and the bag can be filled to capacity without fear of “blow out” or failure of the zippers, seams, or other hardware. The design is well thought out including the placement and implementation of the compression straps which provide outstanding load compression and control. Additionally, when not completely loaded, the backpack can be compressed to a very thin profile. At approximately 20” high the overall height is short enough to allow the bag to work double duty, both as carry-on luggage and a daily use bag when on travel. It also does well as a daily commuter for school or office. The hip belt is adequate but not padded and, due to the bag’s overall shorter height, the belt tends to ride above the hips and more on the abdomen. Loosening the shoulder straps does allow the bag to ride more on top of the hips but this may not work as well for tall individuals. Bottom line: Maxpedition’s slogan is “Hard Use Gear” and in my opinion this backpack exceeds that claim.I have experience as a back country backpacker and this review is approached from that perspective.Comfort and use as luggage and as a day pack:The Falcon III was used as a carry-on bag, and the only piece of luggage I brought, for an 8 day trip to Disney World/Orlando, Fla. in December. The items packed in the carry-on, along with the other bags referred to in this review, are listed at the bottom for reference. Overall, the Falcon III accommodated the weight of the items easily. Additionally, the versatility of the bag was well demonstrated as it was used daily in the parks to carry up to eight people’s jackets, snacks, a couple bottles of water, and a couple of travel umbrellas. The clamshell design of the main compartment allows the bag to be zipped open and lie completely flat. This is not only a requirement for luggage (for me), it worked very well at park security checkpoints, allowing personnel to inspect the contents without having me completely empty and repack the bag at each checkpoint. Since being back to work I’ve frequently carried two 10” laptop computers simultaneously, their power cables, and other work related items very easily to and from the office.Compression straps:The compression straps and buckles are outstanding. When cinched tightly the buckles held the straps in place very well. The straps didn’t loosen and were extremely effective at providing a thin profile. And when fully loaded as luggage, I was able to reduce the depth of the bag (quite a bit) to make it easily fit into the airport's "carry-on test enclosure" (see photos). No airport employee even glanced at, much less questioned, the size of the carry-on. The hip belt and compression straps have an elastic band. When cinched tightly, the straps’ loose ends can be feed back inside the elastic loop so that long straps aren’t hanging all over the place.Hip belt (unpadded):At approximately 20” high the bag overall is fairly short (and at 5’ 5”, so am I). Because the bag is short, the unpadded hip belt rode slightly above my hips when the shoulder straps were snug on my shoulders and chest. This was not comfortable and not where a hip belt should be tightened. Once I loosened the shoulder straps the bag rode further down on the top of my hips. I don’t know where the hip belt would sit If you are tall so that might be something to consider.The shoulder straps and back are well padded, with a “breathable mesh” according to the Maxpedition website. They are both comfortable, and the straps are easily adjustable (both tighter and looser). I did not ever have a soaking wet back from perspiration while carrying the bag but maybe this was due more to the daily temperature (65-80 degrees F) than the mesh. The sternum strap worked well to keep the straps in place, especially once the straps were loosened to allow the hip belt to ride lower on my torso. There are also load adjusters at the top of the shoulder straps. These did help a little to bring the top of bag closer to my back, especially when the bag was not completely full as a day pack. However when the bag was full and heavy (when used as luggage) they were less effective.Falcon III compartments and capacity:As shown in the photos, the rear/main compartment easily fit the US men’s size 9.5 running shoes (and would probably fit size 10 shoes), a travel umbrella, and the two Maxpedition “cuboid” bags listed below. Those cuboid bags are also extremely sturdy and well made. As a bonus the rear compartment easily fit a 15 pound Dachshund (see photos).The Falcon III center compartment is compatible with Velcro (hook and loop) products. One side of the compartment is the smooth part of the Velcro (the loop side of hook and loop). The two Condor Rip-Away packs mentioned below have the “hook” or rough side of the “hook and loop” on their backs. The Condor bags firmly attached to the Falcon III smooth surface which kept the Condor bags tightly in place, one above the other, so that they didn’t migrate to the bottom of the Falcon III. This allowed the overall width of the Falcon III to be more consistent from top to bottom, easier to carry, and much easier to compress with the compression straps.The two compartments on the front of the bag:The bottom compartment is large enough to hold a 10.1 inch tablet computer (iPad, Samsung, etc.), a passport, keys, pens, change, charging cables, phone, etc.The smaller top compartment is large enough to hold the contents of a quart size Ziplock bag with shampoo, toothpaste, razor, toothbrush, etc. (containers all at or less than 3.5 ounce capacity).The hydration pocket:This pocket is located at the rear of the bag can easily accommodate a 48 ounce hydration bag. Also, there are two ports on either side of the top/rear of the bag for the drinking tube to exit, and two drainage holes at the bottom rear for water to exit. These are not on the very bottom so that if you were to lay the bag down on a wet surface water would not easily seep in. Additionally there is a small strap attached to the top rear of the bag to allow the bladder to be attached so that it remains upright.Bottom:The very bottom of the bag is an even more durable fabric than the rest of the bag that will hold up to being placed on hard, rough surfaces, and would also keep water out if placed on wet surfaces (for brief periods of time). It is not designed to be completely waterproof but it is another excellent example of the attention to detail that Maxpedition put into this bag.Used as a daily commuter for school or work (see photos):The rear/main compartment can accommodate a 17 inch laptop computerThe center compartment can accommodate a 15 inch laptop computer (shown is the Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch late 2008 model)The front/bottom compartment can accommodate a 10.1 inch tablet (shown is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1)All three of the above may be carried at the same time, along with all of the associated cables/power suppliesAs luggage, the following items were all rolled tightly and stuffed into four smaller bags. Most of the clothing was nylon/workout type which allows for very good compression and packing. If using heavyweight cotton it would be more difficult to fit 8 days of clothing into the bag:3 pair of shorts4 pair of socks5 polyester/nylon workout type shirts (compress very well)2 cotton shirts (these don't compress as well)8 pair of boxer briefs1 pair running shoes (men’s size U.S. 9.5 - see photo)1 lightweight thermal baselayer  Pearl Izumi Men's Thermal Zip Neck Long Sleeve Baselayer,White,Small 1 travel umbrella1 quart clear Ziplock bag with shampoo, toothpaste, etc.Other miscellaneous items1 48 ounce hydration bagThe smaller bags in the photos are: Maxpedition Medium Cuboid (Foliage Green) Maxpedition Cuboid - Small (Khaki) Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch Red Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch (Black)
I've owned the Falcon III for only two days, and I've had it on just one hike, and so far, I am VERY happy with the purchase. I ordered Khaki, which in the Amazon product listing, Khaki looks more like a desert sand color throughout, and the straps are the same color as the canvas. HOWEVER, what actually showed up is two-tone that leans more toward a green, and seems more like a different color Maxpedition offers, despite the label correctly saying Khaki. (I had earlier ordered the Falcon II in Khaki, and same thing, what showed up was very olive-like with tan straps.) I returned the Falcon II partly because of the wrong color, but also because I felt it was just too small for an adult, though it would be good for a kid or tween.All of that said, I do like the Falcon III in whatever color they sent to me. Ha! Keep reading for actual review stuff...STURDYThis is legit fabric. You can take it out of the box, open it up, and it will stand up on the floor all by itself! It's that rigid. The seams and sewing all seem very well done. The Molle feels really strong. The straps and buckles don't feet cheap. I think some people will probably say, "oh, the fabric is so hard and rough, I am sending this back." But the way I see it, you want something heavy duty that will take whatever you throw at it. I seriously can't imagine using this thing so much that it wears a hole in the fabric. That seems impossible. I think you could fill this up and drag it on the dirt behind a truck, and... no problems.SIZEOkay, I am a 6-foot big dude and probably pushing 285 lb. The pack is easy to put on and easy to take off. I wasn't squirming or stretching or contorting myself to get it on or off. The overall size is great. During my hike today, I never felt like it was this tiny thing on my back... and I never felt like it was some ginormous camp-in-the-woods-for-a-month obnoxious pack. It just seemed perfect in size. The bottom of the pack hung down to just above my butt. And again, I was super glad I returned the Falcon II so that I could have the larger Falcon III. I could easily walk, hike, bike or travel with the Falcon III. It would be a great bag to fill up with essentials and get on an airplane without checking larger bags.POCKETS & STORAGE The main large pocket is big and I could very easily put my laptop computer in here. The large pocket includes a pouch where you can drop in your water bladder, and there are two covered holes (one on either size) for your water hose to come out. In that water pocket, if you didn't want to put water in there, it's big enough for a small chromebook, or a book or notepad. Also in the main pocket, there is a netted pocket that is not zippered. I put two books in there. There's plenty of space left for a jacket or blanket some extra small clothes, etc. The middle-sized pocket is just as deep as the big main pocket. This middle area has no organization. I used this space for my small medical kit and a very large 1.5 liter water bottle. And there was quite a bit of empty space left for more stuff. The outside pocket on top is not very deep and has no organization inside. It's big enough for a sandwich and a granola bar or two, but not much else. On my hike today I had a bag of peanuts, three granola bars and my sunglasses. The outside pocket on the bottom is a much larger external space and it has more organization for pens, knife, flashlight, and a hanger for keys. There's also a rear pouch inside. There was some extra space, but I would not put anything in there that is fragile (like a phone) since your knife and keys, could scratch it. My only complaint here is that I am jealous of other bags that have more organization in the main compartments. If I was the designer, I guess I would have added a zipper to at least one of the compartments in the primary space.... and for sure I would add another pouch (or two) in the secondary space. But maybe Maxpedition's M.O. is that they want customers to buy more pouches to store stuff internally, and externally via molle.BUCKLES & STRAPS The main shoulder straps are padded and comfortable. They have no storage on them, though there are D-rings and molle so you can add pouches, etc. The padding on the shoulder straps is the same material as what's on the main back pad. The sternum buckle is plenty long to fit me (again, I am a big guy). I used it during my hike just to keep the shoulder straps in place. I never hiked without it connected, so I can't say how the whole thing hangs without the sternum strap connected. The waist strap just hangs and cannot be stored or put away. That's kinda weird. Anyway, I hiked without putting it around me. I just buckled the two sides together and let it hang. That was never uncomfortable and really I never felt it or thought about it. The compression straps all around are good and also don't get in the way. You can compress two straps from back to front. And you can connect one compression strap from top to bottom. I think they did a good job with this.AIR FLOW & MAIN PADDINGI don't know what you call the main pad that actual touches your back, but that whole area is a black net finish on top of the padding (same as the shoulder straps). If anything on this bag is going to ever tear, it's that black netting. But it felt perfectly soft and comfortable on my back during my hike today. It was only about 74 degrees, so not hot enough to sweat my butt off. So I can't tell about the air flow. But so far it seems fine. My back certainly never felt wet.WHAT ELSE?I guess that's about all I can say. I am a pretty frugal guy and it took some convincing to make myself spend $150 on a backpack. But I have lived long enough to know that it's probably a good investment and will likely be the last backpack I have to buy. It's certainly not going to fall apart like the $30 bag I bought in 2017 (multiple ripping problems and straps disintegrating!) So would I rather buy a new $30 backpack every few years, or just spend $150 now on a quality back that I can get used to and have for a decade or more?
Love the pack. I have been a falcon series fans for years. I have never regretted this series. I did make a jump from the ll to the lll. It is an everyday pack for me. I work at a university and carry whatever I need including folders, lunch, misc. the ll was close, but it took extra time to pack it so all would zip closed. The lll it is not an overwhelming pack but a moderate size jump from the ll. Maxpeditions qualty is exceptional. I wish the small top pocket had a netted cargo pouch bc there is no extra security if is accidentally left unzipped. Not a big issue. If you are reading this then you are considering it. I would get it. You will be happy.


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