Overview: This SJK Strider pack is Kryptek camo in a tropical colorway of light greens. The pockets are fair sized for an EDC bag, and the main compartment has enough depth and breadth for most daily items. The MOLLE slots are a bit limited, but the pack doesn’t seem to be designed as something you’d want to have for long term travel. I would like to see some additional padding at key stress points on the straps, but for a quick EDC bag it’s very comfortable. While the back support is somewhat sufficient, I would like to see it be a sturdier material. It’s rather flimsy and some of the items I put in the bag, while not puncturing the material, poked through the bag making it very uncomfortable. It also doesn’t provide much in the way of support like an internal frame, the sewn in integral support seems to be more to hold the shape of the bag. The look was great, but the camouflage patterns have hard edges, making it harder to blend into environments (catches the eye easier). It seems like the camo is more for aesthetics than usefulness in a field environment. On the trips I’ve taken it on, the bag was very useful in getting all the items I needed to transport from one place to another. I loved the open main pocket that runs the entire length of the bag with no separation pockets. I find this to be much more useful for my EDC needs. Yes, this does make it difficult to retrieve an item from the bottom should the occasion arise, but the zippers draw down far enough, and if you’re smart enough to pack commonly used items towards the top, items can be easily accessed when needed. The exterior pockets are somewhat small, but they did provide a great shooting platform between the two exterior pockets for my 16 inch barrel on my AR 15. My bolt action Ruger 7.62 long barrel fit well in there as well without causing deflection of the barrel, even as I put various items in the pockets (within reason of course). The only real complaint I have is the fact that the straps are not adjustable at the top of the pack. I’m of average build, but when I put on a lot of gear or a combat load for shooting\hunting exercises, it would be nice to be able to adjust the straps at the top. Other than that, I highly recommend this pack as an EDC\72 hour bag.
Look - 9 out of 10; very stylish with decent looking camo and color options.
Comfort - 7 out of 10; Fits good on the back but the padded straps are sewn in at the top, making it impossible to adjust for those with a broader shoulder base. In addition, the back support plate is ok, but with certain equipment loaded in it, there is a lot of pressure on the back. Fit - 9 out of 10; Other than the afore mentioned straps, it’s pretty comfortable. The straps have a small amount of padding that is a consistent the length of the strap.
Durability - 10 out of 10; I have used the bag for months for various things from photo shoots to some small hiking trips and even moving from my old place, and the straps show no sign of wear, the material hasn’t shown any signs of ripping or tearing, the color of the camo hasn’t faded and other than the Velcro portion on the front it looks brand new still. The Velcro portion only looks older because of the normal wear and tear of usage.
Weight - 10 out of 10; The pack is fairly light, making it ideal as a EDC bag. Keep in mind this is ideal for a 72-hour (tops) type trip
Pros: Light weight, durable material, perfect for small trips or recon missions.
Cons: Straps have limited padding, camo isn’t very effective, can be uncomfortable in some cases due to the weak support from the back plate depending on what you have in the pack
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10 bones
Specs (from site):
Torso: One Size Fits All
Volume: 1,602 cubic inches
Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz
Two front zippered pockets with internal organization for field gear or personal items
Proprietary compression carry system (CCS) easily adapts to carry bipods, trekking poles and other gear
Low profile twin side pockets provide easy access to frequently used items
Removable webbing waist belt
PALS webbing provides multiple attachment points for accessories
HDPE Framesheet and padded shoulder straps create a comfortable and versatile everyday pack
-MSG Tom Porritt
US Army Ret.
When it comes to the design of a basic dry bag, there’s not a whole lot of inter-manufacturer variation. However, the Sea 2 Summit www.seatosummit.com Hydraulic dry bag proves to be a cut above the rest in the areas of: quality of material, quality of construction, and apparent attention to detail throughout the design and production process.
The quality of a dry bag can be extremely important, for reasons that are probably obvious to most people who have used one. Whether on the water or trail, during camping trips or expeditions, a dry bag often contains the most expensive and/or most important gear. Sensitive electronics, consumables, medical equipment, or survival equipment in a compromised dry bag could cost you anything from your hard earned money via damaged contents, to your life in extreme survival situations. In our personal experience, we have found most dry bag failures to occur in one of two major ways. Both include either a rip, puncture, hole, laceration or tear in the bag itself. The first type of malfunction usually occurs due to lack of material durability. Durability issues seem to manifest themselves when either the material is simply too thin to begin with, or becomes prematurely dry rotted from age and UV exposure. The second failure we’ve seen is usually with dry bags that contain an air release nozzle or unnecessary handles and attachment points. These extra features tend to get caught on things as the bag is moved around, become a point of increased wear, and cause separation of the material. The S2S Hydraulic dry bag is sleek and streamlined with nothing extra or unnecessary hanging off that can get snagged or hung up. It’s also made from thick, durable TPU laminated material. Thick enough to protect against rips and tears yet still allowing flexibility of the overall size and shape of the bag. This balance of durability and flexibility ensures the bag won’t take up unnecessary space when storage area is limited which is often the case on maritime vessels. The few attachment points are minimalist, light, and strong. Heavily stitched and also themselves made out of durable and flexible Hypalon material. The top lips are also thick and reinforced molded TPS. The buckles are high quality plastic and field replaceable.
In approximately 6 months of testing we’ve noticed no breakdown of the material or components of the bag. We’ve carried our camera equipment in this bag, inside of a main pack on extended backpacking trips with excellent results. We’ve also carried this bag by itself on boat trips with similarly excellent results. The only thing even close to a negative we could say about the Hydraulic dry bag is that it doesn’t come with any shoulder straps for backpack carry. We fashioned some out of paracord that work fine. We recommend this particular line of dry bags to anyone who needs a heavy duty dry bag they can trust.
Pros: Durable, well-made, simple and streamlined design.
Cons: Does not include any type of carry straps.
Rating: 9 out of 10 Bones.
SJK is the new branding for the Slumberjack Gear Company, an old name in the world of outdoor equipment. This rebranding isn’t just a catchy marketing gimmick, it represents the companies return to their roots… A product line dedicated to camping, hiking, hunting, and overland expedition. When we met one of their account executives at the Outdoor Retailer 2015 we quickly learned of this production shift back to our kind of equipment, we swapped a few overland expedition stories, and we left with some gear for testing and review. One of the things we received was an SJK carbine 2500 pack in Kryptek highlander.
Overall, this is a great light to medium hunting pack. The pack itself is lightweight, fully adjustable, well designed, and well made. The Carbine 2500 maintains its light weight mainly via two features: the streamlined essentials-only design and the choice of nylon over cordura material in its construction. By choosing to produce the pack out of nylon instead of cordura SJK was able to keep the weight and price of the pack down. Many people prefer nylon over cordura for durability reasons as well. Although Nylon is not necessarily as “heavy duty” as cordura it stretches and has more give to it, this can prevent it from tearing in situations where cordura would. The various Kryptek camo patterns this pack is available in, although not ideal for military or security contract work, is very well suited to hunting. The hard lines and sharp angles make this pattern relatively easy to pick out in rural environments to the trained eye, but with the right pattern for your area you can be as good as invisible to most game animals. The storage areas of the pack are also well designed and can easily carry a full 72 hour kit. The main compartment is large and easy to access, the smaller compartments are well placed and can keep important items like medical equipment, water bottles, and ammunition very handy. The pack easily carries a rifle or carbine and makes a great shooting rest, complete with easily accessible soft loops for rounds. The open area between the main compartment and smaller pouches on the back can also be used to carry a sleep system or the head of a trophy game animal after a successful hunt. These features make the pack excellent for stalk hunting. This pack adjusts to fit a very wide range of individuals, and therefore carries well when properly adjusted. It does not contain a frame system so we don’t recommend using it as a heavy pack. I found anything over 50lbs to be uncomfortable for extended trips. During testing I carried the pack approximately 30 miles over varying terrain with varying loads over one particular two day period. The pack now contains a 72 hour loadout and stays in the storage system of the Bone Tactical Overland Expedition Vehicle for overnight hunting or hiking trips. It took the place of a US Military three day pack.
The one negative we found with the pack was that the base/bottom of the pack was not reinforced with a denser or thicker layer of fabric. We believe packs should have a reinforced bottom because of the increased abuse the base of a pack often receives during descents from elevation. When descending from elevation at a sharp grade that in climbing terms would be considered a “scramble”, one often has to resort to sliding down on the buttocks. This is a sure way to tell the quality of material of your pants, and the bottom of your pack. We have ripped many pairs of pants and many packs. I wear pants made out of fire hose material for this very reason. The lightweight nylon this pack is made out of is simply too easy to snag on sharp rocks and debris. We recommend this pack to anyone who is a stalk hunter or hikes any distance to their tree stand or blind. Because of the material not being reinforced at the base, we can’t recommend this pack to anyone who would be using it in extremely mountainous terrain.
Light, well made, functional, carries a rifle well and makes an effective shooting rest, moderately priced.
Bottom of pack not reinforced for abrasion during descent from elevation.
8 out of 10 Bones.
The Karrimor SF Sabre Delta 25 pack from Grey Ghost Gear has been a bittersweet pack to review. It has some incredible features that make it a great pack as well as some unfortunate design oversights. The fit, finish, construction, and material are flawless. It’s well made, tough, resilient, and modular. It is definitely a tactical application pack, but at the same time doesn’t scream “sheepdog”. It’s small enough to carry every day, and large enough for an overnight backpacking trip. On the down side it’s not a one size fits all pack, it was built for small men and possibly women. It also has limited organizational capabilities which leaves something to be desired in a pack of this size and type.
This pack is built right, and built tough. Fabric is 1000 Denier Nylon coated with a Silicone/PU elastomer for improved tear strength and flex resistance. The 1,000D nylon gives it the perfect balance of strength and light weight. It’s also coated with fluorocarbon to make it water resistant. They’ve used a great addition of mesh in the side pockets and waist strap to further streamline the design as well as minimal loops and Molle attachment points only where you need them. Limiting the amount of Molle attachment points and external loops allows the pack to stay low-viz. This is important so you’re not announcing to the world that you’re a second amendment supporter with a gun, thereby defeating the purpose of your concealed carry. This pack in the coyote color scheme looks enough like a hiking pack to stay just under the radar. The clips, buckles, zippers, loops, and straps are all the highest quality as well as being color matched. The shock cord lacing system on the back is an excellent external storage tie down point for things like bed rolls. The pack features a quick access map pocket on the back (I use for gloves, zip ties, and TQ), as well as side water bottle pouches, and an ice axe loop that works well with a Bone Hawk.
With a volume of approximately 1,525 cubic inches, this pack is about what I would consider to be an average sized backpack. That being said, it has only two pockets and an internal divider, with no internal organization system of any kind. This means one would either have to just carry everything loosely in the pack, or use smaller organizational pouches. If you use smaller organizational pouches this pack fills up quickly.
The first week I had this pack in for testing I loaded it up and set out to do the workout known as “Murph”, something I generally do about once a month. Murph is a hero workout completed in remembrance of fallen SEAL Michael Murphy (6/28/2005). It consists of a 1 mile Run, 100 Pull-ups, 200 Push-ups, 300 Squats, and another 1 mile Run to be completed for time with a 20lb plate carrier, vest, or rucksack. It also happens to be the way I test new packs. This pack failed this test for me miserably. Because I’m a muscular guy I couldn’t wear the sternum strap without it badly restricting my breathing at its largest setting. This means I had to choose between heavily labored breathing, or my pack bouncing around… not cool. The waist straps are not as bad but are definitely not designed for men who wear over a 36” waist. If you do have a waist over 36” you’ll probably need to remove the straps from their keeper’s. This is not a major issue. It put me on the border, but it would be uncomfortable for the average American. The padding on the back is an awesome design that actually slightly massages the muscles of the back while keeping weight off the spine, creating a channel for airflow and reducing body temperature.
We recommend this pack for anyone with a 34” waist or smaller, slight to medium build, who wants a pack to carry daily that doesn’t scream “I have a gun”.
Tough, well-made, clever design features.
Not designed for large men, limited internal organizational capabilities.
Seven out of ten bones.
With the Coolmesh windtunnel back system the Delta 25 allows moisture to evaporate and be carried away from your back. Mesh side pockets are included for drinks as well as an easy access map pocket on the front.
Main fabric: KS100e
KS100e is a 1000 Denier Nylon fabric coated with a Silicone/PU elastomer for improved tear strength and flex resistance. Finished with a fluorocarbon durable water repellent (DWR) that improves the water resistance of the fabric. Camouflage models are manufactured from 500D Infra-Red Reflective (IRR) fabric.
Weight: 1.1kg (Multicam 1kg)
● Coolmesh Windtunnel back system
● S-shaped shoulder harness (fits your torso perfectly, maintaining balance)
● Sternum strap (removable & adjustable with buckle)
● One main compartment
● Mesh side pockets
● Hydration system compatible
● Compression straps
● Shock cord carry system
● Crampon loops
● Ice axe holder
● Map pocket
● Rotproof thread
● Reinforced with bartacks
● Durable water repellent (DWR)
● YKK zips