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5/23/15

Haley Strategic releases the FlatPack



This is a pretty slick little pack/back panel to integrate into the D3CR.

It is pretty small - 1 liter hydro capacity, 700 cubic inches when fully expanded - but is sized well to fit onto the back of a plate carrier. Tactical Tailor/Grey Ghost Gear and others have launched backpacks designed to integrate into the back of an armor carrier, but they mostly seem to end up a bit big, bulky and unwieldy.

A compressed FlatPack looks about as slick as you can hope to get for a hydration carrier, yet it gives you the ability to expand out and carrier more gear if needed.

This isn't for carrying a multi-day load for sure, but enough space to support a day at the range, a long hike or a short range patrol activity.

I have a D3CR, and the chest rig harness is a bit on the lame side. That makes the FlatPack all the more appealing to me, given that it's is intended to replace the harness and integrate in with the chest rig.

The price may be a bit rich for a small, fairly basic pack ($130), but it's got a unique set of capabilities that don't exist elsewhere.

6 comments :

  1. AnonymousMay 23, 2015

    Mine should be in next week, can't wait to try it out with my D3 rig. I had been searching for a small pack to attach to my Mayflower APC and this seems to fit the bill.

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  2. I am seriously underwhelmed at this.
    1) Clipping a backpack to your kit just doesn't really work that well. You either have to take the whole thing off or have a buddy grab items for you. Butt packs (which we universally abandoned for a reason) were at least low enough you might be able to finagle a hand in to grab an easy to find item. For a hydration carrier it isn't a big deal as most people fill them up and are good till they take their gear off but a backpack you want to get into. The hydration carrier is a fine idea but a liter is a bit on the light side and Camelback already makes those at a far lower price.

    2) A hundred and thirty bucks, you've got to be kidding me.

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  3. Depending on how you attach it, accessing the pack can be as simple as undoing a few quick releases - integrate with a chest rig versus direct MOLLE. Agree that pricing is on the steep side, but similar packs - Kifaru e&e for example - also run north of $100.

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  4. I will add that it is surprisingly small, kid backpack sized. That's intentional, to fit in the space on the back of a plate carrier, but it's a bit jarring if you are expecting a real backpack. The shoulder straps are also unpadded webbing, so I wouldn't expect much comfort if you did need to carry more than a few pounds. I had some hands on time with a prototype late last year and left undecided.

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  5. I'm sure he has a vision and did some market research or whatever but this guy is not seeing it.

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  6. AnonymousMay 25, 2015

    I'm very interested in this pack. In the constant battle of EDC size vs mobility, I ended up carrying a small Condor hydration backpack that zips open to expand capacity, pretty much exactly like this bag; the problem with that back is it's bad design, specifically the thin as hell straps (one inch webbing at max), this looks perfect for what I want. The price is a little steep, but I've always heard good things about Haley's gear.

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