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Best Bug Out Bags Comparison

The first and most important item in every Bug Out Bag List is most likely the bag itself. It doesn’t take long to realize that looking for a bag to use for your bug out bag can be a daunting task. There are plenty of options and an exhaustible list of great choices. At Bug Out Bag Academy, we like to keep things as simple as possible. For your convenience, we’ve dug up reviews and compared several of the best bug out bags offered in the Amazon marketplace. The following bags all have great reviews. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

For a quick introduction on things you should consider when choosing a Bug Out Bag refer to this post.

 

Best Bug Out Bags Comparison

The Sandpiper

The Sandpiper

The sandpiper is made of polyester, has the capacity to carry enough gear for several days, contains multiple compression loops, tie downs and attachment points for equipment and accessories. This bag measures 26″ long 15.5″ wide 10.5″ deep.

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The Tactical Military MOLLE

The Tactical Military MOLLE

The Molle is made of durable 600 D nylon material. It’s easy to organize with one large compartment and six smaller compartments. This bag is MOLLE strap and PALS compatible, is 20″ x 11.5″ x 11″ plus it can expand another 3″, has shoulder straps and a belt that can be stowed for protection during flights.

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The Spec-Ops T.H.E Pack

The Spec-Ops T.H.E Pack

The Spec-Ops T.H.E Pack is made from super durable 1000D Cordura Nylon fabric (by far the toughest 1000D nylon fabric on the market today). Has huge YKK #10 zippers on main compartment and large outer pockets. Double Layer Pack Top eliminates stress failure associated with excessive use of carry/drag handle. CAPACITY: 2550 cubic inches.

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The 511 Rush

The Five Eleven Rush

The 5.11 Rush 24 Pack is a full-size day pack with a 20″H x 12.5″L x 8″D (2,000 cu in) main compartment and numerous smaller individual pockets and pouches, several with zipper closures. This pack features adjustable, dual density closed-cell foam shoulder straps with Duraflex(TM) hardware.

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The Maxpedition Vulture

The Maxpedition Vulture

This pack is made of nylon. The main compartment is 20.5″(H) x 16″(W) x 7.5″(D) and the bag has a total capacity of 2810 cu.in. It has a 1″ Sternum Strap, and a 2″ Integrated Belt. The Maxpedition has a solid nylon back, but still has the mesh on the straps. It carries well, even over long distances.

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The Condor Three Day Assault Pack

The Condor Three Day Assault Pack

The Condor has a large load cargo capacity compartment with separate pocket to fit up to two 3L hydration bladders, BOlive Draby contour shoulder straps with D-Ring for equipment attachment, sternum starp and waist belt, and External side compression straps. It has a heavy-duty carry and drag handle, two double zipper pulls on the main compartment for easy access, and an individual foam pad back panel for extra comfort and maximum airflow.

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Now it is your turn

Which of these bags do you think would work best for you? Let us know in the comments below, or if you have any questions feel free to ask away!

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22 Comments

  • Ian Rees says:

    by the way Maxpedition bags are not junk or rubbish they are more water resistant than most because they use 1000-1050 denier which is better for water resistance ,yes they are expensive but you get what you pay for

  • Ian Rees says:

    a Tactical bag does not have to stand out it depends on the colour if your going to use a camo colour of course your going to stand out but if you get solid colours like black or dark brown you will blend in also dont get a monster bag if your 5ft and a fart like me it will be too heavy and could injure yourself 25L should be big enough if your of small stature

  • Does anyone think a mesh back pack would make an ok B.O.B.? I mean I can get a Tacpack, but I already a mesh net one, and I was just wondering if that would be ok?

    • someone says:

      Can you also make a list of non military style hideous covert innocent brave matte non reflective nonshiny black grey dark 15 – 20 L waterproof rolltop backpacks? Real camouflage that helps you to blend in and be forgotten in a second.

      • Ian Rees says:

        I use a Lowepro highline 400 Backpack for Traveling by plane its a great carry on backpack has high water resistance and has its own waterproof cover if the weather turns really bad you can carry 2 or 3 days clothing with no problem and has a 15″ laptop compartment and other well thought out compartments and a water bottle holder both sides

  • guy says:

    Is it just me, or am I the only person that thinks that using a tactical looking bag in ANY non-tactical situation is going to draw the wrong kind of attention. The kind that gets you in trouble. Can’t there be a super tough bag that doesn’t have molle all over it? A bag should blend in and look innocent in any situation. I took a maxpedition bag to a fair once, just to take in snacks and drinks, and the police there doing security were all over my bag. They thought I was armed. Well, I wasn’t, except with Doritos and Dr. pepper. Not only that, at the prices that some of these bags sell, you’d get robbed just for having them. What’s inside is just the bonus stuff for the thief.

    • Robert says:

      I think a BOB needs to be more low key I was thinking Osprey or Northface…hiking bags…since some situations can lead people to the woods. A hiking pack makes more sense and will draw less attention

    • Craig says:

      Check out the Map 3500. It’s the handed out to the SEALs but it’s designed to look not too tactical.
      You can’t find it on Amazon. It’s sold at Amron Intl.

  • Dave says:

    I wouldn’t choose ANY of these bags. These are all fine for little day trips. but for most people “bugging out” would involve a muliti-day trek over possibly rugged terrain. And you NEED a sleeping bag and at least a bivy sack or something. If you doubt that, you’ve never been camping. Try camping in the mountains for a few days with nothing but a cheap tarp or a so-called emergency blanket. You would freeze overnight. When bugging out, you would be trying to move fast. No time for building a log cabin. You need the necessities to fit into your pack. These packs would get you a few miles, at most. Seriously, you need much more than this. When bugging out, there’s no time for bushcraft. No time for building shelter. And no time for hunting. It all has to go into your pack. These packs would get you dead within a day or two.

    • Ian Rees says:

      The average Joe is not fit enough to carry Huge amounts of gear also people live in different countries and climates so if you live in say the Philippines you would not freeze overnight it is better especially if there are two or three of you in a group to carry their own bags rather than to have a huge backpack looking like a Royal Marine Commando weighing over 50ibs

  • Shane Edwards says:

    If I bugout, my plan it to blend in with nature and avoid people. With that in mind, I use a tactical backpack due to their durability being superior to say a hiking, camping or mountaineering backpack. My current backpack is a Dragon Egg by Direct Action. This is the best tactical backpack on the market and the only people who don’t think so have never seen one in person or owned one. It’s very high quality and intelligently designed. It’s made to be a 24 hour Pack but I have packed it with more than enough to survive indefinitely. I will be buying an Eberlestock V90 Battleship soon to carry even more gear and items for comfort and convenience to better accommodate my family should we need to survive for an indefinite period of time which I will leave at home and then using my Dragon Egg for my daily carry, taking it in my vehicle at all times. I can only assume these companies had no backpacks on this list due to the author’s unfamiliarity with them.

  • Ry says:

    You couldn’t at least one quality pack? What’s with all the Chinese made garbage that will surely fail and fall apart when people will need this item the most to hold it all together. Also not even mentioning the comfort ability of having a good pack. Wearing your listed packs will make you more tired more quickly carrying heavy loads. I have used China made bags before. Always sore backs causing exhaustion and poor decision making. Then I found Kifaru. I’m not rich by any means. But they are worth every penny. American made. Happy 4th of July. Buy American, be American. End rant.

    • Adrian says:

      LOL I own 2 of the listed packs – condor 3 day assault and rush 24 and both are better than the crappy American maxpedition condor II sometimes pal, American just isn’t the best, it’s as simple as that!

      • Bill says:

        I agree with you Adrian. I’ve used expensive, American made bags, and cheap Chinese bags. Typically, the Chinese bags are well worth the money if you get ones that a little bit more expensive than other Chinese ones. If your back is hurts, your bag isn’t packed properly, you don’t have it adjusted properly, or it’s not designed to handle the amount of stuff you put in it. Any good hiker/camper knows that having a bag properly packed makes a huge difference. I’ve done several 2 week long hiking/camping trips in Arizona and New Mexico, on top of countless weekend long camping/hiking trips. You quickly find out if you didn’t pack your bag correctly, and need to stop and redo it (or you’re not going to have a fun time). I’ve used my current BOB on several weekend hiking/camping trips, and it’s handled great. And it’s from China. Just as good quality as any of the bags listed here at 3 times it’s price. Look for a taller bag, and try to find one that doesn’t expand out from your back that far. Wider side-to-side and taller will allow you to hold the weight closer to your back, reducing the stress on your body while still being able to hold a good amount of stuff.

  • Trek Warrior says:

    Great comparison Bug Out Bag Academy! I like your selections.

    We put together a review of the top ones too, and for our findings, the Condor 3 Day Assault Pack is the major winner. It has fantastic quality, superb layout, great size, and is extremely cheap for what you get.

  • Steven says:

    Great replies from Lands and Kyle. You took the words right out of my mouth. I will also add that tactical bags are heavier due to the nature of their construction. Maybe my eyes aren’t so good, but the shoulder straps pictured don’t look particularly good for load bearing.

  • Kyle says:

    Just a friendly heads up, Sports Authority & Sport Chalet around the country are going out of business. I picked up the Wife and I two North Face Terra 40’s for under $99. These sell for $150-$170 depending on the site.
    The Bages are true Hiking packs and have the proper straps and padding for actually carrying a bag of this fill for that time frame. Came with rain cover as well. Look into the chances and good luck.

  • Lands says:

    Why are all of the B.O.B choices here look tactical? What about the idea of blending in, going unnoticed? I like tactical gear as much as the next guy or gal but I do not want to draw unwanted attention.

    • David says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you’re bugging out, won’t most other people be doing the same? And regardless if your bag is tactical or not, you’re gonna stand out in a crowd. Especially if you somehow have secret knowledge that is causing you to bug out. You’re gonna be the only person in your area rolling around with a hiking pack packed to the gills set for a cross-country expedition. Tactical or not, at least you’re prepped. You’re either going to blend in (everyones bugging out) or not (you’re the only one).

      • Ian Rees says:

        the 511 bag is a Brilliant bag also Direct Action Egg mk 2 one thing to remember the higher the denier the more water resistant your bag will be also look for zip flaps which cover the zips and help keep water out

    • Dave says:

      If you’re bugging out, it means something really bad is happening. If so, it won’t matter if you’re wearing a “tactical” bag or a pink Hello Kitty backpack. Anyone with food or supplies would be looked at as someone to rob or kill. Blending in is a stupid idea – the idea is to AVOID other people.

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