Did you know that most tactical packs have specific features that everyday backpacks do not? Of course that is not really to say that one pack actually has combat skills and can beat another backpack in a fight. But some of these added features make tactical packs a better choice than regular backpacks. And hey, the extra comfort, durability, and convenience you experience just might make you feel unstoppable.
1) Strength and Durability-
Tactical and military packs are designed to be more durable. This means you get more bang for your buck! Normal backpacks are typically constructed of lighter grade polyesters that wear out or tear more quickly.
Tactical packs are constructed of heavy-duty polyester specifically intended for rugged use. In the long run, the cost of buying a second and third backpack when the first one rips or tears will be far greater than paying the extra for the one tactical pack you wanted to begin with.
2) More Compartments-
Most regular backpacks have only two compartments, three if you’re lucky. But don’t we all have more than just a couple things? No one likes looking around frantically for their keys or cell phone, only to find out later they were buried in the abyss of random stuff at the bottom of their backpack.
On the other hand, it is not uncommon to find tactical packs containing ten compartments and a multitude of other accessory pockets. This is an obvious benefit to anyone, no matter what the pack is being used for. At the end of the day, the more pockets and compartments your pack has, the easier it will be for you to stay organized.
3) Extra Comfort-
A couple great features found in many tactical packs, but not in every day backpacks, translate into extra comfort for you. Tactical and military packs have more padding in the shoulder straps as well as breathable, padded backing and a padded waist belt.
A padded waist belt helps distribute the weight you are carrying through your shoulders AND your hips. This is a great benefit since our hips are stronger than our shoulders. The waist belt makes carrying heavier loads easier, which will leave you with more energy to focus on the real task at hand – not your aching back.
The superior design of a padded waist belt is a clear advantage to the thin nylon straps seen on most backpacks. Those flimsy little straps are more like gut-cinching devices than they are load distributors.
4) Hydration Pocket-
Did you know that many tactical packs contain hydration systems? This means that you don’t have to work hard to stay hydrated. With a typical back pack, you’ve got to fumble around and contort your arm behind your back trying to get your water bottle out. Tactical packs make it easy to drink all the water you need; you’ve got a soft bite valve connected to your water supply that’s brilliantly tucked away within your pack. What’s more is that your hydration system won’t spill and leave your stuff more hydrated than you are.
5) Discrete Design-
Another advantage tactical packs have over regular backpacks is that they don’t have big logos sewn onto the back that turn you into a walking advertisement. Searching for the perfect pack is hard enough, and if you don’t want to be defined by the brand you choose for your pack, your options are slim.
Some people just prefer functionality and design over making a fashion statement; they don’t want to have to choose between the skater’s brand, snowboarder’s brand, mountaineer’s brand, or school clique’s brand. That’s what makes tactical and military packs a great solution – they let you be yourself!
At the end of the day, one must consider all of the options when picking out a pack. The extra features that tactical packs have add more comfort, convenience, durability, and make the choice a little easier. Although the tactical backpack cannot actually kick the regular backpack’s butt, it is probably because the regular backpack retreated and faded into the background – to be forever replaced by its superior, tactical counterpart.