Review:

Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack


Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack



    PROS
  • small size

  • multiple compartments

  • tough material

  • MOLLE compatible

  • accomodates a hydration pack

  • pack it flat, like a suitcase
    CONS
  • small size

  • relatively heavy even when empty



The Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack is a small (25 liter) backpack that packs big organization features. You get four main packing areas and MOLLE capability in one rugged backpack.

This backpack is perfect for a one day expedition or an overnight out in the field.


Storage

This bag gives you several storage areas as shown below:


Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack storage areas

First, let's take a look at the main compartment highlighted by the red rectangle in the picture below.


Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack main compartment

This is the only compartment where the zippers go all the way down the bag so you can lay both sides of the bag flat for easy packing and unpacking. Also both sides of this compartment has a sleeve. One of them is an open mesh sleeve the other is a zippered sleeve.

Now let's look at the secondary compartment located in the middle of the bag and highlighted below.


Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack secondary compartment

Still more space for you to use and double pockets on the compartment wall.

Now let's move to the front of the bag where you have two storage options, one on top of the other. The larger bottom front compartment is highlighted below:


Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack front bottom compartment

This large pocket has an organizer feature for the items you want to hold in place rather than bundle up and pack.

The last compartment in the top front part of the bag is next.


Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack front top compartment

This is a simple zipped pocket that gives you a small, open storage area meant as a quick access pocket on the trail.


Durability

Maxpedition markets itself as a "Hard Use Gear" company. The first indicator of that with the Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack is the material. The main material of this bag is 1050-denier nylon. That's a very heavy and tough fabric which is supported by the fact that this backpack weighs 3 lbs. when empty. This is a good thing since you will be taking this bag into some rough areas. You want the main bag material to be heavy and tough.


Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack

You also want this backpack to be able to take a punishment from the elements. The bag material has been coated with teflon. That means rain- resistant and abrasion resistant. Special attention has been given to the bottom of the bag which is covered with a rubberized material.

Also, tough materials are useless if the zippers fail. This bag has some heavy duty zippers, more than that, the zippers are self- repairing.


Comfort

This is a tough bag and you can put really heavy things in it. The next logical question is: How will it help you carry all that weight?

This bag comes with both sternum and waist straps to distribute the weight to your entire body, not just your back. It gets better. This 25 liter pack has compression straps. One of the reasons for fatigue and strain on the trail is constantly shifting bag contents. This bag will allow you to "tighten up" the load with a nice set of compression straps, including a nice 'Y' shaped compression strap in front. It's not over, you also get load lifters. These are straps located on top of the shoulder straps allowing you to control the set of the load. This is a tremendous comfort feature and having this on a 25 liter pack is quite remarkable.


M.O.L.L.E. Compatible

A cursory look at the backpack reveals this reveals this.


PALS webbing, MOLLE attachment

This is PALS webbing and it is found all over the bag including the shoulder straps. This means that the pack is MOLLE compatible . You can purchase any number of MOLLE attachments like knife sheaths, canteens, compass kits, and others allowing this bag a range of flexible options. Here's a small selection of what you can add to the bag.

molle water bottle molle pouch molle flashlight molle utility pouch


Hydration

Behind the main compartment, right up against your back is a special storage area for hydration packs. You can carry as much as 6 liters of drinking water on the trail with a special port for the hydration tube.


Maxpedition Falcon II backpack showing the hydration pack feature



Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack (Black)



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