The right gear is an important part of any mission or adventure. When looking for the best tactical backpack, you want an option that is made with durable materials and thoughtful designs made with tactical needs in mind.
So don’t go on your next trip yet without reading our guide, this just might save you all the trouble.
The Condor 3-Day Assault Pack is a pretty large 3038 cubic inch or 50-lliter internal frame pack, with 7 generous compartments and a ton of pockets, pouches and tie downs to keep things organized.
This pack is made out of 1000-Denier, water and wear resistant nylon – which is regarded as one of the most rugged backpack shell materials.
Let’s take a closer look at the specifications why we think this is the best tactical backpack.
Comfort is key when selecting a pack that COULD be strapped on your back for days, and maybe weeks.
At their widest point the shoulder straps are about 3 1/2 inches or 8 1/4 centimeters wide and the padding is nearly 3/4 or an inch or 1.8 centimeters thick, so these straps are not likely to cut into your shoulders.
The front of the straps is designed with a multitude of gear carrying options including horizontal clip on straps, D-Rings, and vertical MOLLE webbing.
As the Shoulder straps begin to taper and contour we have a chest or sternum strap.
The sternum strap helps prevent your shoulders from being pulled back from the pack weight, they also keep the shoulder straps from shifting around and generally help kept the pack load distributed properly.
I really like that the sternum strap is adjustable both up and down AND side to side to match a wide variety of body sizes.
Now, on the back of the pack, we have about a quarter inch of padding, and on top of this padding we have 4 strategically placed padded areas that are raised nearly 3/8ths of an inch or about 9.5 millimeters...
And we have a pretty serious lumbar pad that is raised nearly 3/4 of an inch or 20 millimeters which are part of the hip belt assembly.
All of these pads are double stitched for strength and covered in a finer weave of nylon that repels moisture and sweat and stays pretty dry.
The Condor 3-Day Assault Pack has serious padding and lumbar support that makes it very comfortable to wear and these raised pads maintain a buffer zone of air flow between the pack and the back that really helps to keep perspiration down.
Now this hip belt is about the most comfortable that I've worn. It secures firmly and adjusts using a strap that's 2 inches or 5 centimeters thick.
Hip belts are important for larger bags that may be worn for extended periods (like a bug out bag) because they can transfer 80% to 90% of a pack's weight to your center of gravity reducing strain on your shoulder and back.
It's pretty amazing but the hip belt adjusts to waists from about 26 inches or 63 centimeters up to around 54 inches or 137 centimeters!
There's also an additional hip belt adjustment strap on each side, which allows you to make fine adjustments to the belt.
Now on the back of the pack we have a large zipper pocket that Condor says can fit up to 2 - 3-liter hydration bladders. The hydration bladders are secured in the pocket with two Velcro hangers toward the top.
And just in case a full bladder is damaged, there is a grommet drainage hole in the bottom of this compartment so all your stuff in this pack doesn't get wet.
Next, we have the main compartment which is sealed with a heavy duty, water resistant zipper and a rain diverting flap.
I like how the double zippers open this entire compartment right up so that both sides lay flat. This design makes it easy to quickly get to all of your gear inside...
The main compartment is around 13 x 20 x 10 inches or 2,600 cubic inches, and 33 x 50 x 25 centimeters which are around 40 liters.
Since I'm a bit of a neat freak, I love the way this main compartment is organized, and this whole pack for that matter with lots of pockets, straps and tie downs.
There are 4 ballistic nylon compression straps that can cross to secure your load in the main compartment.
Half of the compartment is perfect for your cloths and a compact sleeping bag or wool blanket with plenty of space to spare.
On the front side of this compartment, there are two large mesh zipper pouches. I used the bottom one for a full sized towel and washcloth, and the top one for my personal care and a hygiene kit.
Next, we have a 10 x 14 inch or 25 x 36-centimeter pouch that is made for maps, journals, books, pens radios and the like.
Again, it opens and closes with double zipper pulls and has 3 separate and staggered nylon dividers for maps, books, and papers.
Stitched on the front of the first divider we have pockets for 3 pens, and two radios or other stuff about radio size. This would probably be a good place to clip or keep small electronic devices like smartphones and stuff.
We still consider the Condor 3-Day Assault Pack as the best tactical backpack out there except for one minor detail: the pull-tabs on the zippers break off.
Easy enough to fix with some 550 cord or any other type of cord. The flap that covers the zippers for protection always, and I mean always, gets in the way of the zipper and gets caught up in the zipper when I'm in a hurry.
The design of the zipper flap is fair - poor and can cause a slight irritation but it is highly negligible due to its numerous winning features.
Is the Condor 3-Day Assault Pack Worth Your Money?
Absolutely! We rate the Condor 3-Day Assault Pack at 5 out of 5 stars for its thoughtful design, the durability of materials, quality double stitching in most places, and this bag’s overall good craftsmanship.
We like that this pack holds a ton of gear at over 3000 cubic inches or 50 liters and has 7 main compartments.
And we love that everywhere you look on this pack there’s a boat load of separate pockets, pouches, straps and tie downs to keep things stable and organized.
We appreciate the comfort of this pack even fully loaded and it’s versatility to be sized for a very wide range of body sizes from about 5 foot 2 up to around 6 foot 6.
And the generous MOLLE webbing all around this pack is a real bonus and greatly extends your ability to customize this pack to suit your needs.