In the past my go to general use back packs have always been the Eagle AIII and the ATS/Lightfighter RAID but they were somewhat overkill for what I usually needed. With that in mind I recently started looking for something a bit smaller, lighter, and cheaper.
In my search I came across the Adapt pack produced by Tactical Tailor and available through the Milspec Monkey website. The pack is a variation of Tactical Tailor’s Fight Light Removable Operator Pack and priced at a reasonable $99.00
The Adapt features a 17” tall x 9.5” wide x 5.5” deep main pocket and a 14” tall x 8” wide x 2.5” deep side zipper front pocket for a total volume of 1178 cubic inches.
Here it is with a .50 cal ammo can placed inside to give you a rough idea of interior size. There was a bit of room on all sides to put more stuff into the compartment.
The large main compartment has two elastic pockets built into the sides for holding things like water bottles.
The smaller front compartment is lined with Velcro for attaching Velcro backed pouches inside.
The exterior of the pack features MOLLE webbing on the front and sides, the front being four columns wide and three rows tall and the sides being three usable columns wide and three rows tall.
The front of the pack also has a Velcro portion for attaching patches, and length adjustable elastic cord for securing things like jackets.
The top of the pack has the industry standard carry handle and two Velcro closure ports for routing cables or drink hoses.
One of the main features of the Adapt pack and its Removable Operator Pack cousins is the ability to securely attach the pack to a larger ruck sack or the back of a plate carrier and quickly attach or remove the pack. To that end the Adapt comes with two MALICE clip adapters that attach to the host equipment that then clip into fastex buckles near the pack’s shoulder straps.
There are a second set of fastex buckles designed to have MOLLE webbing threaded through them mounted on the lower sides of the pack to secure the bottom of the pack to its host equipment.
When being used in this fashion the pack’s shoulder straps can stowed in an internal compartment to reduce clutter. This compartment can also be used to hold a camelbak style water bladder.
Given that I bought this pack for its compactness I haven’t had a reason to attach it to any sort of larger load carrying equipment, but have found another use for the shoulder MALICE clip adapters. I run a carabiner through the webbing on each and then use those to clip the pack to the head rest posts of my truck seat that way the pack is secured, easily accessed and up out of the floor and seat.
My main criticism of the pack is that lacks compression straps on the sides to cinch it down. My only point of concern with the pack is the stitching for the MOLLE webbing on the front of the pack doesn’t seem very substantial. It’s not been an issue so far and there are no signs of the stitching pulling out yet, I just wonder if it may be an issue in the future.
So far I’ve been quite happy with the pack. It’s proved to be a useful grab and go type pack for day trips. Given that the main Loose Rounds test area is on a fairly remote mountain top I usually throw a change of clothes and misc other personal items it’s nice to have on hand in the pack. Clipped to my headrest it holds what I need and keeps it out of the way. I also used it at the recent NRA annual meeting to hold my camera, a second lens, rain jacket, etc. The pack is a nice mix of just big enough to hold what you need for an active day without being overly bulky or heavy.