If you are joining the cadets, you will require a well-constructed, well-designed tactical backpack. Tactical backpacks are designed to give you access to vital gear and accessories so that you can get on top of situations before they overwhelm you and stay there until the danger has passed. If you are going to be spending time wearing a backpack, choose a reliable one. Unlike many other backpack categories, tactical backpacks offer lots of utility for a wide variety of activities including long hikes. This article looks at the best cadet backpacks and what you can expect from them.
Good tactical backpacks have numerous pockets, compartments, and clever features. Features to look for include:
- External ports for nozzles and headphones
- Hydration bladder compatibility
- Two-way radio holders
- Compartments for medical supplies
- All-weather capability and durable materials
- Shock-proof relief for even the most fragile of electronics
- Multitude of extra pouches
- Side pockets
Tactical backpacks offer carefully structured layouts that carry comfortably and keep gear secure, even when packed with heavy loads.
Tactical backpacks look different than recreation-focused backpacks, they are vital options for camping and backpacking trips that you will undertake in the Cadets. Backpacks should be packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency or evacuation.
The sheer range of tactical backpacks that are available is overwhelming, so Supply Drop have selected 5 high-quality, durable backpacks that meet all the requirements of being in the UK Cadets.
CamelBak packs are designed so you can easily adjust them to fit your own body type.
Everyone has their own preferences, but here are some guidelines for figuring out where the pack should sit on your body:
- If your pack has a waist belt attached, try to set the shoulder straps so the waist belt lines up with the top of your hips. This will transfer some of the load from your hips to your waist, which means more stability and a better range of motion.
- If your pack has sternum straps, slide them up or town so the strap sits just above your abdomen. This will also help distribute weight more evenly across your body.
CAMELBAK BFM 47L
The BFM is Camelbak’s largest system backpack. The name says it all BIG ____ MOTHERLODE!
The 47L cargo backpack includes a 3L, 100oz Mil Spec Reservoir that provides 25% more water per sip and the newly added Futura harnesses which adjust for individual torso length and plate carrier configurations helping you to stay comfortable on even the longest of operations. This is a bag which is highly recommended and respected for its quality and use in the military.
CAMELBAK H.A.W.G MULTICAM 23L
The Cambelbak HAWG is a medium sized backpack that is extremely versatile and durable. With over 20L of cargo and a 3L, 100oz Mil Spec Crux reservoir that offer 25% more water per sip, the HAWG is perfect for medium too long missions. The Air Director back panel and designated place for an additional 3L Reservoir means you will stay hydrated and comfortable regardless of mission length.
CAMELBAK SPARTA MULTICAM 30L
Perfectly sized and equipped for single day missions, the new Sparta includes over 30L of cargo, laser-cut Mountain MOLLE and a 3L, 100oz Mil Spec Crux™ Lumbar Reservoir, which delivers 25% more water per sip. Low Rider technology uses a lumbar reservoir to move the water weight low for increased stability and a lower centre of gravity. It is constructed of 500D Double-Rip Cordura fabric for long lasting durability.
CAMELBAK MOTHERLODE LITE ANTIDOTE 37L
The Motherlode Lite is CamelBak’s new addition to their extremely durable and high-quality range of military backpacks.
The 37L cargo backpack includes a 3L, 100oz Mil Spec Reservoir that provides 25% more water per sip and the newly added Futura harnesses which adjust for individual torso length and plate carrier configurations helping you to stay comfortable on even the longest of operations. This is a bag which is highly recommended and respected for its quality and use in the military.
MOTHERLODE LUMBAR MULTICAM 40L
A redesign of a classic, the new Motherlode contains the cargo and organisation that helped make it so popular. It now includes a 3L, 100oz Mil Spec Crux Lumbar Reservoir that delivers 25% more water per sip and moves your water lower, increasing your stability and comfort. Perfect for multi-day missions, the Motherlode has over 40L of cargo, tons of gear organisation, and the new laser cut Mountain™ MOLLE, making it fast and easy.
Best Cadet Backpacks
Supply Drop offer the four best cadet backpacks listed above plus the Kombat Camouflage Zip-Bag which is offered as part of the Cadet Package.