• #0468 Kodiak S-Type Gearslinger
•Single shoulder backpack designed to maximize utility when rotated towards front of body
•Main compartment: 17" high x 10" wide x 4" thick with internal organization
•Top front: 4.5" high x 9" wide x 2" thick with internal organization
•Bottom front: 10" high x 9" wide x 2" thick with internal organization
•Approximate Capacity: 1100 cu. in.
•Fits up to 15.4" (diagonal screen size) laptop computer.
•Main compartment and hydration compartment can accept CCW accessories
•Shoulder strap designed to go over left shoulder for better weapon shouldering
•Bag can be worn in front and contents comfortably accessed while sitting down
•Water bottle pocket sized to fit 32oz Nalgene bottle
•Compatible with 100oz hydration reservoir
•Theft deterrent devices built-in to capture zipper pulls
•PALS modular webbing throughout to for attaching accessories
•Top and side handles
After I got it in the mail (like a little kid at Christmas) I filled it with a bunch of junk laying around and walked outside with it. I was immediatley relieved to find that it felt 100% better on my shoulder. The key is that the strap is sewn on one side, making it sit more like a traditional backpack but with the speed and ease of one strap. It also has a cross chest strap the helps hold it in place(the buckle for this even has a neat little built-in whistle). When I originally ordered this I was worried that the strap wouldn't be long enough for my thick build( I would lie and say I was built like a brick sh#$house, but built like a barrel is more like it) and had also ordered a neat setup called the Janus extension strap/pack. It is also sold/made by Maxpedition and extends any of their packs by up to 12" or so. I was pleasantly suprised to find that I didn't need it at all. The Kodiak fit great and could fit someone bigger than me with no problem. The quality is excellent and I could find no faults with the bag. All the stress points were tacked and the webbing is the high quality stuff.
As seen in the top pic, the bag has two main front pockets, a side water bottle pocket, a roomy main compartment, and a hydration/CCW pocket hidden between the back and main compartment.
The Main compartment is roomy and is large enough to get a change of clothes in it, no problem. It has dividers to the front and rear as seen above that are subdivided and have straps with buckles to keep them from flopping around. The divider to the front of the bag(left in pic) is divided into two mesh, zippered pockets with a full size space behind it. I often keep small stuff like matches, lighters, fire starter in here so they don't get lost. The rear divider has two solid material zippered pockets and a full size area behind it. It can be opened all the way open like a book and has plenty of room. For overnight trips I will throw my change of clothes in here. The upper right zippered compartment has a homemade first aid kit in a plastic box. Once again, plenty of room, you don't even know it's there.
Strap and padding: The padding on this bag is pretty comfortable and is made of a cool mesh type material. The shoulder strap is attached to the left so you can shoulder a weapon on the right, no problem. You can see the webbing that holds a drinking tube and the buckle attachment for the cross strap. The buckle slides up and down a piece of webbing to give you about 3-4" of adjustment on where you want the strap to ride. It actually stays in place, too. You can also see the stout spring clip on th strap also for quickly attaching or detaching items to keep handy; compass, GPS, etc. (this bag is also now made with the strap on the right- for lefties. Make sure you get the right one)
Exterior of bag:
I like this bag a lot if you haven't figured that out yet. It is super handy and accessible. I took it dove hunting the other day and had a whole case of shells, t-shirt, two water bottles, choke pouch, hat, plus all the other stuff I usually carry on a day like that(EDC stuff). It took the load no problem and I got several comments on how handy it was. I originally bought this with the idea if possibly using it as my truck/BOB bag but like it so much that I am now just using it as an EDC/day bag. I got it for around 100 bucks on Ebay. I've seen them run anywhere from 95-135 bucks. Is that a lot of money? You bet. Especially in today's economy, but, that being said I bet this bag will last me for many years to come. It is very well made and is constructed of good materials. I usually stick to the adage that you get what you pay for, and in this case you get a lot. I have a kiddie field trip coming up soon, so we'll see how it holds up to 5 year olds. That, my friends, is a whole different kind of torture test. So...that's my two cents. If you have any questions, shoot me a message. By the way, Maxpedition didn't pay me to write this, but I sure do wish they would. Y'all have a good 'un.