Preppers Bug Out Bag Gear Review – Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack

by Mac Hanks

Preppers Bug Out Bag Gear Review – Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack

Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack - Tan - Preppers Bug Out Bag

Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack – Tan – Preppers Bug Out Bag

The other day I posted a review of the Echo-Sigma Get Home Bag which is built around the Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack. This pack is actually the bag of choice for many preppers because of its quality, usefulness and value. I thought it would be a good idea to follow up the Echo-Sigma review with a review of this pack since it’s so popular with preppers everywhere who are looking to build their own bug out bag or use this bag as a spare/car bag.

Preppers Bug Out Bag Gear Review – Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack – What Is It?

First off, even though this pack is called the Compact Assault Pack don’t let that name fool you. This pack has loads of room for its size. It expands to hold a lot more than you’ll think it will upon first inspection and it’s got a ton of compression straps, MOLLE attachment points and some velcro points too. The bag holds 1362 cubic inches and measures 18”x10”x10. It comes in a variety of colors including black, tan, red and multi-cam all of which are well suited for a bug out bag.

Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack Interior - Lots Of Room For Your Gear - Preppers Bug Out Bag

Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack Interior – Lots Of Room For Your Gear – Preppers Bug Out Bag

Preppers Bug Out Bag – Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack – What I Liked

This bag is roomy considering it’s small size. It’s a great candidate for preppers who are looking to build their own bug out bag because of all that roominess. There are a main front, main rear, front top and front bottom compartments. The Compact Assault Pack also has a pocket to add a hydration setup to the bag with holes for the water tubes. The empty pack weighs about two pounds. This bag does not have a frame but it really doesn’t need one. It’s intended to serve as a 72 hour bug out bag and it serves that purpose well.

The Compact Assault Pack is well built and the zippers seem to be high quality – this is important because it seems that all too often the zippers and fasteners on a bag are the weak points. The last thing you want on your bug out bag is faulty zippers that result in you losing important gear. I don’t see that as an issue with this bag. There is an abundance of mesh dividers in the pockets/compartments to help you keep things organized and stabilized. The shoulder straps are decently padded and appear to be very securely attached. After several weeks of using this bag as an every day bag for testing purposes I haven’t noticed any signs of wear or fraying at any of the attachment points. The waist best is a simple nylon belt that will keep your bug out bag from slipping around.

The hydration kit for this bag is the Comdor 2.5 Liter Hydration Bladder available here.

Condor Outdoor 2.5L Hydration  Bladder - Preppers Bug Out Bag

Condor Outdoor 2.5L Hydration Bladder – Preppers Bug Out Bag

Preppers Bug Out Bag- Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack – What I Didn’t Like

To be completely honest it was hard to find fault with this bag. It’s a really practical bag that’s ideal for use as a bug out bag. I did notice at first that with a heavy load the shoulder straps seemed to move around a bit where the adjustment point is, like they worked loose a bit and started to slip. This problem seemed to resolve itself after a week or two of use when the pack sort of “settled in” to the shape it was going to be from me wearing it. I also noticed that the MOLLE attachment points seemed to be spaced a little oddly and I needed to use an extra strap or carabiner to hold things securely in place depending on the extra item or pouch size. While the shoulder straps are padded, bear in mind that you should be limiting the weight to a reasonable amount. If you load this thing up with 30-40 pounds of anything, you’re going to be sorry because it isn’t going to be very comfortable at that point and you would be better off going with a larger bag if you plan on carrying that much gear in your bug out bag.

One other thing to keep in mind is that this is still a fairly small pack so if you’re a big guy with a big frame it may not be completely comfortable for you to wear for long periods and you may actually want to go with a larger size pack due to your body type. Conversely that same fault for large framed men can make this an ideal pack for a more medium to small sized woman or teens who need a bug out bag.

Preppers Bug Out Bag Gear Review – Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack – Conclusions

For those of you looking to build a complete survival kit as opposed to a bug out bag or a get home bag, keep in mind that this is a compact bag. Having said that, if you have doubts about the usefulness and ability of the Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack to be the basis for a 3 day bug out bag then take a look at my other review of the Echo-Sigma Get Home Bag here. You’ll see that it fits everything you’d want for a bug out bag with room to spare for some optional and/or upgraded items.

Echo Sigma Get Home Bag - Preppers Bug Out Bag

Echo Sigma Get Home Bag – Preppers Bug Out Bag Review Here

Another great feature of this bag is that it is great quality all the way around and is value priced as well. These bags have an MSRP of around $60 but I typically see them at Amazon or other online retailers for $50 or less. That makes it very affordable, even for preppers who are looking to build a bug out bag but are on a tight budget. This is most definitely a better bag than what you’re going to find at your local Wal-mart or other big box retailer. It’s easy to see why so many preppers like this bag and use it for their own bug out bag.

Get your own Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Pack here!

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