- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 6.2 x 20 inches ; 3 pounds
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- ASIN: B002868KA6
- Item model number: 0601
- Average Customer Review: 242 customer reviews
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Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger
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- We finish our bags with a triple coat of polyurethane for water resistance and add a final coat of DuPont Teflon Fabric Protector to repel the elements; Only the best components and designs are used
- We use complete YKK zippers and slides exclusively unlike our competitors who put YKK slides on generic zippers
- We add military grade nylon Webbing for straps, handles, and modular attachment points; Genuine Duraflex buckles and hardware add strength and functionality
- Starting with large, unseamed panels of 1000 Denier Nylon, we meticulously reinforce each stress point with composite thread; No unnecessary seams or polyester parts are used
- Main compartment: 18.5” high x 11” wide x 4” thick with internal organization
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The Kodiak Gearslinger is our sling designed bag which allows the user to "swing" the pack to the front while the pack is still worn.
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Now, the real question who would want this bag and what are the pros and cons of it?
Well, it's well made as many people know, so I won't talk about that, however it's important to understand what this bag is all about. The Kodiak Gearslinger is not designed for heavy hikes or long hikes, it's better suited for people who want something they can take on and off quickly. This comes in handy when shopping, on the bus, or on the subway. Before using the Kodiak, I was using a Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack. The Falcon II can hold more stuff, but it was slow, to take off, open, and close. The Kodiak is much faster; swing it in front of you, open bag, insert stuff, close bag, and slide behind you again.
Also, compared to the Falcon II it's smaller (1100ci vs 1520 ci) but it uses it's space better than the Falcon II. For example, on one shopping trip, I bought a frying pan, and put it in the Kodiak, that same same frying though would have been too wide for the narrow Falcon II, despite the Falcon's overall larger size.
The Kodiak is not designed for carrying laptop computers but it's has a couple of compartments where a laptop can be slid in and buckled down, which I like. If you like to have a Camelbak while running than you will be happy to know that it can be a decent Camelbak too, especially if lightly loaded, but if loaded with more stuff it will have some swing to it, even with it cinched down, and with the extra sternum strap used.
The real downside of the Kodiak is that if you put maybe 10 or 12 pounds of weight in it, it will start to feel uncomfortable. Everyday I carry my laptop in it, and sometimes some textbooks. Laptop alone, a go. Laptop plus books, ugh.
Now with everything said I think it's a great pack in it's own way, but it could use an update. Making it ambidextrous would be nice, and heck since people do use this as a laptop carrier why not make a laptop carrier version with some extra padding? Also, work on the load distribution. Something else to keep in mind, if you only have money for one pack, get a traditional backpack for the versatility. On the other hand if you have money to spare and you know what you want to do with this bag, than get the Kodiak.
I'm hauling a Dell Latitude E6530 for work and I also have a iPad Air in a Defender case and a few tools, etc. Added a Maxpedition Janus for sun and safety glasses. All in all, a really good and good looking backpack. The single strap is not an issue as I'm going from home to car / car to work. If I was carrying this for decent periods of time fully loaded, I wouldn't have gotten this bag. Loaded moderately, it's an all day bag no problem.
The only things keeping this from being a 5 star bag:
1. Needs retention strap (like the jumbo for example) to keep odd shaped coffee mugs, etc. from falling out the pouch on the side
2. Laptop area could be a lil larger AND include some padding at the bottom.
Wish those would be addressed and also be offered in a standard two strap design. All in all it's a great bag that you can make your own. The swing around and get to your stuff appeal is great and I can't wait to make use of it on our next vacation.
So I'm doing my bag research, and I realized the Monsoon Gearslinger was not for me. I wanted something not too bulky, it should have quick access and security. After watching several reviews on YouTube, I settled on the Kodiak Gearslinger. I went ahead and purchased the Kodiak for $133.23, free s/h.
When the package arrived, I tore into it like Kobayashi does with hot dogs. I was instantly impressed by the workmanship and materials. My wife, who enjoys seamstressing, was also impressed by the workmanship. I liked the amount of zipper pockets and dividers it had inside and outside the bag. The top bottom compression strap looked nice, but it was useless to me, so I removed it easily. There are several super-secret spots incorporated in the Kodiak which I like a lot. Of course it has a pocket for CCW (carrying a concealed weapon), but seriously I watch 24 so I don't need to carry one, my hands are my weapons - bam! One obvious aspect I love about the Kodiak is the quick access and the way the zipper pockets are positioned. The positioning allows for a sideways access. When you slide the bag to your front, all the pockets are easily accessible. When you are done, you just slide the bag back. I love that! Every time I do that in public I feel people are watching me, because I look so cool.
I never worn a sling bag before. The weight is not directly down on your side. The weight is on your back, therefore it tends to pull back on your left shoulder. You would not want to put too much weight in the bag. Again the left shoulder will feel it. Since I don't carry too much weight anyway, this issue is not a problem.
The workmanship, design and material of the Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger is worth every penny. If I had to buy another bag, I would definitely consider Maxpedition.
June 16, 2011
Last month my car was burglarized. They stole my Kodiak! I was more pissed off that they took my Maxpedition than the digital camera and camcorder which was inside. So to make a long story short I ended up buying another Kodiak. I spent a whole month deciding if I really wanted to pay another $130 for a bag. I started reusing my old backpacks, but those bags just didn't perform the same as the Kodiak. I scoured youtube and rewatched some of the old Kodiak reviews. Finally I made the executive decision to buy another one. I ended up purchasing it off Ebay since they were a bit cheaper.
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I usually carry a 40oz Klean Kanteen wide mouth water bottle. It fits perfectly, and it looks cool.
May 12, 2014
So I'm still using my Kodiak, and I still love it. Normal wear and tear . . . what normal wear and tear? It still looks that same as the day I got it. I also still carry the Klean Kanteen. It's pretty banged up, but it looks cool with all the dents.
I am considering purchasing a smaller version of the Gearslinger series. The amount of space is unnecessary for my day to day endeavors.