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Gear Review: Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy

The Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy backpack is a well rounded backpack suited for day long excursions into the wilderness. Featuring a main compartment large enough for most items needed on a day hike, a smaller outer compartment, and two water bottle pouches, the Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy backpack should fit most needs.

Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy Backpack

It was in the summer of 2009 when I received my Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy. After using the Falcon II Pygmy on a couple of hiking trips, it quickly turned into one of my favorite daypacks. Hang on, let me take that back, its more like my favorite day pack.

One of the first times I used the Pygmy was on an eight mile hiking trip with my nephew and my son. It was on a super hot August day, and I knew I was in trouble when I noticed the signs of heat exhaustion setting in. But we found our way to a creek with a nice sized swimming hole where we were able to take a swim and cool off.

Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy Specifications

  • Durability – 1000 denier cordura construction
  • Self repairing YKK zippers.
  • From the Maxpedition website:
  • Dimension: 18″(H) x 9.5″(W) x 5.5″(D) Main Compartment
  • 12″(H) x 7.5″(W) x 2.75″(D) Front Pouch
  • 12″(H) x 7.5″(W) Slip Pocket
  • Capacity: 1,400 cu. in. / 23 liters
  • Hydration: Two side pouches for 1L Nalgene water bottles
  • Support: 1in Adjustable Sternum Strap
  • Optional Accessories: Grimloc Carabiner
  • Empty Weight: 36.9 oz.

Over the years, the Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy has turned into one of my favorite Maxpedition backpacks.  There have been a few times when I did not know if a hiking trip would turn into a camping trip.  Just to be on the safe side, I packed all of my warm weather camping gear into the Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy.

I like that the outside pouch is large enough for TOPO maps, GPS and water filter.  When I stop for a rest break, I like to keep the most used gear in the outer pouches.  this saves having to open the main compartment every rest break.

Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy Final Thoughts

maxpedition falcon-ii pygmy

The Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy is one of the packs on my “grab and go” list.   This means when heading out on a day hike, the  Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy is one of the packs I may grab on the way out the front door.  Another pack I use on a regular basis the military surplus patrol pack.

Overall, I think the Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy is a wonderful pack.  That statement comes after hiking dozens of miles with the pack.


Full disclosure:  I received the Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy at no cost to myself.

Kevin Felts © 2008 - 2018