Bug Out Bag Review Maxpedtion Condor II

Maxpedition Condor II Bag
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 on May 9, 2013


Bug Out Bag Review: Maxpedtion Condor II

By Chris Mandia

bug out bagSo things just got ugly. It’s time to bug out. But lugging an Army surplus store on your back isn’t exactly tenable. As a matter of fact, it’s downright dangerous to subject your spine to such overwhelming weight. So let’s talk sensible load bearing packs.  In particular, Maxpedition’s Condor II – a virtual panacea for the short-term bug out.


Maxpedition is an American company…kind of. Although based in the Greater Los Angeles area, their “hard use gear,” is manufactured in Taiwan. Generally, that’s a big negative in my book – but Maxpedition breaks the mold. Crafting high-grade rigs that compete with – and at many times surpass, legitimate Government Issue. And they usually look a hell of a lot cooler too. The Condor II Assault Pack is one such product. Coming in at $150, this isn’t an inexpensive backpack, but it is worth its weight in gold.

Maxpedtion Condor II

Maxpedition tends to vary their color scheme from year to year – they currently offer the Condor II in black, OD green, khaki and foliage green. At 13”x16”x9”, the pack holds up to 1950 cubic inches of gear. Unloaded, it weighs in at approximately 48-ounces. Equipped with a slew of PALS webbing (27 channels), you can tap the rig with all sorts of goodies. Just about the entire pack is fashioned out of 1000-dener ballistic nylon. It’s thick. It’s stiff. And it can take abuse. A breathable back panel helps insulate a 100+oz bladder compartment – perfect for your old Camelback. Suffice it to say, this pack exudes quality – from the heavy-duty YKK zippers, UTX-Duraflex nylon buckles and double-downed sternum/waist straps, Maxpedition genuinely embodies their “hard-use gear,” moniker.

I’ve owned a Condor II since 2004. It’s been subjected to hellish tours in the Sunni Triangle – where the insulated bladder came in handy on those 113-degree days; rain and sleet of New England winters; a plethora of personal adventures in the American Southwest; and beachy summers in Southern California.Condor 2 bag And you know what? It still looks great. Able to sustain at least three days in the bush, you can pack the Condor II with just about everything you need – and what you can’t, you can strap to the ample PALS webbing. Whether you’re bugging out post-zombie apocalypse or just heading out for a friendly hike, Maxpedition’s Condor II makes for a perfect traveling companion.





Chris MandiaArticle by Chris Mandia

Chris Mandia is a Southern California writer who writes on military issues. Serving two tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantryman, you can find out more about him at www.chrismandia.com.




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