Briefcases aren’t for everyone, and some men lead lives that take them both in and out of the cosmopolitan landscape.
Like many necessities from the standard military issue, backpacks are becoming the modern man’s must-have.
Whether you’re trekking through harsh terrain or tackling the daily commute, a tactical backpack is worth its weight in gold. Sturdy and sporting an updated, streamlined sensibility, nouveau military style backpacks are designed to hold all of your personal items and protect them from the elements, as well as unwanted outside tampering. Multiple pockets, both accessible and concealed, industrial snaps and zippers, and durable fabrics render the combatant backpack able to withstand the best and worst the world has to offer.
Life isn’t a simple, pared down affair; the modern man can seldom reduce his accoutrements down to pocket-friendly portables. A combat quality backpack not only allows for optimal mobility, but a fuss-free style that compliments any occasion. Widened straps and adjustable support add extra comfort, while timeless silhouettes enhance, rather than detract from, the perfect blend of practical and bespoke.
Bound for the mountains or headed home from a grueling day at work, the military backpack is made for no less than the warrior gentleman. Wherever your work and travels take you, the last thing on your mind should be the placement of your belongings. With that said, go ahead and check out the top 20 best tactical backpacks for men below.
1. 5.11 Tactical Rush24
If you are looking for a bag with the maximum amount of storage space, look no further. This bag has three mesh admin compartments, a zippered side water bottle pocket and up to 37 liters of space. It is also made of a durable Nylon material, so it can stand up to the elements and has a separate hydration bladder compartment that can be great for a small laptop if water isn’t a concern.
2. 5.11 Tactical Rush72
Constructed of water-resistant 1050-denier nylon, this is a sturdy bag that can easily hold several days’ worth of clothes and supplies without issue. It also has a 55-liter capacity, as well as metal support rods that can be removed for trips to the airport and such, meaning that it can double as a great travel bag as well.
3. 5.11 Tactical Rush Moab 10
With an ambidextrous cross-body shoulder strap and a concealed pistol compartment, this bag sets itself apart distinctly from many others. Couple this with a comms pocket complete with a pass-through for a mic or headphones, as well as a fleece-lined, non-scratching sunglass pocket, and you can see why this is perfect for the urban prepper, as well as those looking for a different but functional design.
4. Condor 3 Day Assault Pack
With seven pockets, this pack is perfect for those who prefer an organized pack. And with 3038 cubic inches of storage space, there is plenty that you can stash in here for those long treks. Add to that a hydration-pack capable of holding up to 3L, and you have an ideal bag for the outdoors.
5. Direct Action Dragon Egg
Made of DWR coated, 100% Cordura 500D material, this bag is both waterproof and can help to avoid detection from night vision goggles. The pack also has elastic side pockets that can stretch to hold a standard canteen or Nalgene, and its laser-cut MOLLE/PALS give it a low profile look that makes it a perfect 2-day bag for military or law enforcement, or as a bug-out base.
6. Eberlestock G4 Operator Pack
Ideal for shooters, this bag has a trademarked Backscabbard gun sheath sewn right onto the bag, allowing for easy access to your weapon and ammunition. It also has a removable Intex 11 frame, but be warned: this one runs a bit heavier than most, weighing about 9 pounds.
7. Eberlestock Halftrack Hunting Pack
Another ideal pack for long trips, this bag has not one, but two 3L hydration kits, allowing for plenty of water to be hauled with you. It also comes with a lightweight pull-out rain cover, stowed in a pocket on the bottom of the main compartment, as well as an internal aluminum frame to provide some support in carrying those heavy loads.
8. Triple Aught Design Fast Pack EDC
This bag was created with the best of military design and mountaineering ergonomics in mind, so it is easy to see why this might be one of the most rugged packs on the market. The bag is also highly modular, and the website allows you to customize as needed to craft the perfect pack for your needs.
9. Triple Aught Design Fast Pack Litespeed
Designed with comfort and utility in mind, this bag is ideal for the minimalist prepper. That said, however, its modularity means that it can handle plenty of attachments, and its MIL-SPEC 1000 Denier Invista Cordura build means it can stand up well to the elements for those rough outdoor excursions.
10. First Tactical Specialist
With dual density shoulder straps and a double layered bottom, this pack is perfect for those looking for a bag to take a beating. Most interestingly, however, is the multi-use backboard that comes with it. Aside from providing back support, the backboard can also be made into a splint, a shovel, or even a paddle, giving owners a nifty multitool as an added bonus.
11. Goruck GR3
The most expensive bag on our list at $425, this bag is one of the finest on the market today. With 45L of storage space, this bag is also highly customizable, allowing for users to choose between a sleek look without compartments or handles or a more utilitarian one with webbing and such attached. It also has a “bomb proof” laptop storage compartment and was made to be TSA compatible, meaning that this can easily double as a great travel piece as well as the perfect bug-out bag.
12. Hazard 4 Plan B Sling Pack Molle
A sling-style pack, as the name implies, this bag was made for fast maneuvering and comfort. The sling-strap is also ambidextrous, and can be realigned as the wearer prefers, and allows for easy rotation to swing the pack around to the chest if need be, giving rapid access to the large main pocket.
13. Maxpedition Falcon Ii
One of the best bags around when it comes to resisting the elements, the Falcon II is finished with a triple coat of polyurethane as well as a layer of DuPont Teflon Fabric Protector to ensure that your things stay dry even in the wettest of weather conditions. Couple that with loads of storage space and room for two 3L water reservoirs, and it is easy to see why this makes for a quality bugout bag.
14. Mystery Ranch 3 Day Assault
This bag has plenty of storage space, but what makes it really unique is the fact that it was made with carrying a radio in mind. With a specially designed zipper port for radio and antennae access coated with urethane, this is the ideal bag for any comms guy to keep in touch with society should things go south.
15. Red Rock Outdoor Gear Large Assault Pack
With four expanding compartments providing up to 35 liters of storage, this pack has plenty of room to keep all of your gear. It also comes with an adjustable waist strap and sternum strap to help evenly distribute the weight of the load, as well as MOLLE webbing straps to allow for a significant level of customization.
16. Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack
Another sling pack, this one is made of 600 Denier Polyester with PVC lining and has a concealed pistol compartment on the back panel. It is, however, not the biggest bag, but it can certainly a first aid kit and ammunition comfortably. Just don’t expect to take it on a 3-day romp through the woods!
17. Sandpiper Of California Long Range Bugout
Another bag with room to carry several days’ worth of gear, this water-resistant pack has plenty of loops, tie-downs, and attachment points to add whatever you need, as well as padded lumbar support for maximum carrying comfort. Mix in your MOLLE / PALS pouches, and you could be good to go for weeks!
18. Tactical Tailor Fight Light Operator Modular Pack
With a large main compartment and two smaller ones for storage, this pack has 2403 cubic inches of storage space. Add that to contoured shoulder straps for comfort, as well as sternum and waist belts to help better distribute the load, and this makes for one comfortable pack.
19. Vanquest Trident 20 Gen 2
With a 21-Liter capacity and over 30 organizing compartments, this is the little brother to the TRIDENT-31. The pack also has a dual hydration system allowing users to haul 5 liters of water at a time, and a hydration hose which can be anchored to the left or right shoulder straps, as the user desires.
20.Vanquest Trident 31
Constructed of rugged 1,000-D Mil-grade Cordura fabric with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) fabric protector, this is a great all-weather bag that can take a beating. It also has 44 organizing compartments and slots as well as a built-in water bottle holder, making this a must-have for those who like a neat, organized pack.