Just received the bug out bag this morning and have to say it's pretty nice. Overall construction is fairly solid, the seams are well sewn and I only had to trim back 2 loose thread ends near the zippers.
Unexpectedly, the main carry grip in the center of the bag's top has a nice and squishy soft wrap around the straps, which is a big change from the stiff webbing handles of other gear bags like this. I’m betting it will make carrying it MUCH nicer on the hands.
All of the zippers have a knotted cord pull instead of a metal pulltab, which I personally like, but others may not. It definitely reduces clinking and clattering noise. Though the cord supplied is great, I’ll be replacing them with custom 550 paracord pulls. That’s just something I’ve done with all my bags.
It’s got some roomy outer pockets, but those are really for quick access things like your wallet, phone or a small medkit. The inside is very spacious and is uniquely designed, at least from my experience. It has a pair of mesh pockets in the lid for some small stuff. The main compartment, which I really like, has a pair of floppy dividers that have zippers on each edge so you can have 4 different division configurations depending on how you pack it up. The strapping material is good, strong quality webbing you’d find on more well-known bags, and the molle rigging on the faces is well attached.
If I had to find a fault it would be with the shoulder straps. They’re constructed well, and good enough to do the job intended, but they’re just a little thin on the padding. On the other hand, I do like the fact that they detach at the bottom and can be folded away in the zippered compartment that covers the entire base of the bag when not needed.
Overall grade: 4.5 out of 5. Sturdy materials with what appears to be top-notch construction makes for a durable bag that will take some abuse and come out looking good. If you give this company some time and experience to refine the designs and accessories, I’m guessing they’ll approach Maxpedition’s quality fairly quickly.