Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger
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- Category name: gear-bags-and-accessories
- Country of origin: Vietnam
- Brand name: Maxpedition
- Single shoulder backpack designed to maximize utility when rotated towards front of body
- Shoulder strap designed to go over left shoulder for better weapon shouldering
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Maxpedition the Sling Bag Originator
The iconic Gearslinger product family from the Maxpedition Legacy series, largely comprised of durable and ergonomic single shoulder strap backpacks commonly known as sling packs. The ergonomic fixed-strap Gearslinger rotates 270 degrees to the front of the body, giving you complete top-down access to horizontal pockets. You can easily get to your gear while sitting, standing or moving throughout your day.
Maxpedition Gearslinger Series
Designed for outdoor excursions or office commutes, the popular Sitka Gearslinger has plenty of space for your laptop (up to 14.1") and gives you top-down access to multiple pockets & pouches, 14 channels of PALS webbing, internal organization, CCW and 100oz/3L hydration reservoir storage.
Combine it all with a practical and durable design and your everyday carry bag becomes your daily tactical companion.
- Volume: 940 cu.in. / 15L
- NTOA Member Tested & Recommended
- Concealed Carry Pocket
- Anti-Theft Zipper Capture System
- Y-Compression Strap
- Ergonomic Fixed-Strap
Worn around the world by a variety of users that have a need for durable packs!
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Thomas Humphrey from Lancaster, OH takes his son, Levi, and the Sitka Gearslinger out on an afternoon hike.
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Drew Sellers from Toronto, Ontario, Canada trusts the Sitka Gearslinger while providing VIP protection.
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James Walton from Eden Prairie, MN entering Dún Aonghasa on the Irish island of Inishmore with the Sitka Gearslinger.
|Product Name||Kodiak Gearslinger 0432W||Sitka Gearslinger 0431K||Noatak Gearslinger 0434B|
The Sitka Gearslinger is our sling designed bag which allows the user to "swing" the pack to the front while the pack is still worn.
A one-strap design maximizes utility when the bag is rotated to the front of your body, and a ventilated, padded back keeps you comfortable.
Top and side handles offer numerous alternative carrying positions, while the PALS modular webbing throughout enables you to easily attach accessories. A water bottle pocket is sized to fit a standard 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.
- Main compartment measures eight-by-three-by-15-inches (W x H x D), with internal organizers
- Top front compartment measures 7.5-by-two-by-four-inches (W x H x D), with internal organizers
- Bottom front compartment measures 7.5-by-two-by-eight-inches (W x H x D), with internal organizers
- 618-cubic-inch cargo capacity
- Compatible with 100-ounce hydration reservoir
- 1000-denier water- and abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon fabric
- Teflon fabric protector for grime resistance and easy maintenance
- High strength zippers and zipper tracks
- UTX-Duraflex nylon buckles for low sound closures
- Triple polyurethane-coated for water resistance
- High tensile strength nylon webbing
- High tensile strength composite nylon thread
- #AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material for superior shock protection
- Internal seams taped and finished
- Paracord zipper pulls
- Double-stitched stress points
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I tried calling Maxpedition's customer service team but apparently they make it very difficult to either have the entire bag replaced or to send in your defective bag and have it repaired. I've considered replacing the buckles myself but the challenge is replicating the same stitching pattern to properly attached the female end of the buckle to the straps.
Now I'm stuck with an otherwise awesome bag that doesn't stay locked around my person, which totally defeats the purpose of investing in this type of bag in the first place.
My likes and dislikes about the Sitka Gearslinger. One thing I liked about it is the amount of small compartments this bag has. It is great for those small every day carry items. The build quality is also great. The one big dislike I have and the main reason I returned the bag is it is just uncomfortable. I have a accurate postal scale and weighed the bag after I filled it with the stuff I carry from day to day. The bag weighed loaded 8 lbs. 5 oz. After about 15-20 minutes my shoulder was killing me. The purpose for the pack is to be able to carry it on my back but it just didn't work for me.
I would highly suggest filling one with around 10lbs and wear it for a while to see how it feels. I wish I could have kept it because I really liked the bag but it was just to uncomfortable for me and I went back to my Condor II
- Cool badass look
- Sturdy as all Maxpedition is
- Swings from the back to the chest easily
- Conveniently organized upper pocket
- Not (I said not!) for heavy weights. More than 6 pounds will cause real pain after some time wearing. This effect could be lowered by two-side switchable strap (as on 5.11). At least you could alternate shoulders. But... no.
- When you swing it forward, the bottle pocket often loses a bottle =)
- Velcro panel is overlapped by Y-strap so patches are not good visible.
- I personally have an impression that internals are designed mostly for papers. The pockets are flat.
Very good choice for small EDC in a city. For other job you probably have to check out something else.
Sitka is probably the logical maximum for one-shoulder design. I don't see any point in large Kodiak or Pecos (by Maxped) since these just physically cannot safely exploit all their cubic inches.
Size - Holds more than enough for daily use.
Compartments - Plenty of compartments and dividers inside pockets to organize items. Stops things from moving inside bag
Balanced - With a normal load it will not shift with one strap. Second stabilizing strap in not needed with normal load.
Secure - has a loop to hold all zipped compartments shut.
Durability - No change in bag in 3 years.
Tacticool - This is possible the most tacticool small backpack you could find. I suggest a matching molle fanny pack.
No Compression straps - it would be nice to be able to compress thinner when not carrying much.
A few modification can be made to make this look less tactical.
-Maxpedition logo can be taken off easily without damaging the bag.
-The Y strap with the buckle in the center Can be removed
-the elastic cord around the top on the outside compartment can be removed.
I would purchase this again if something happened to my old one. Very durable and practical.