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Maxpedition Monsoon Gearslinger
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The Maxpedition GearSlinger series is Maxpedition's premium line of single shoulder packs that bridge the design/functional gap between their classic double shoulder strap Backpacks and their uniquely innovative Versipacks. The single shoulder design allows faster on-and-off, particularly over LBV and body armor and are superior to backpacks in terms of balance and comfort when using a single strap. While there are other "messenger" bags on the market, Maxpedition promises a much more durable product with all the bells and whistles needed for life on the battlefield and in everyday urban use. You can expect the Maxpedition quality and "thoughtfulness" you have come to depend upon and love.
The Monsoon GearSlinger is Maxpedition's large size single shoulder pack with over 1600 total cu. in. of total capacity. The quick release padded non-slip shoulder strap has two separate sets of PALS webbing for attachment of accessories. Based on a triangular design, the main compartment contains numerous internal accessory pockets. There is a small internal pocket for iPod or Walkman with rubberized head-phone port. Contents are protected by a padded front cover which is secured by a 2" Q.R. buckle while contents are secured by two criss-crossed compression straps. On one side there are three rows of PALS webbing over a flat concealed pocket while the other side sport a water bottle pocket capable of holding a 32oz/1L Nalgene. A 1.5" adjustable waist strap provides additional support and security; this waist strap can be stowed away in a built-in small elastic pocket. There are drain hole grommets throughout and three high airflow islands to keep your back cool. The Monsoon is compatible with hydration system up to 100oz/3L reservoir (e.g. Camelbak HotShot). The hydration pocket is also equipped with loop side Velcro for attachment of their Hook & Loop Modular Accessories. Product Features: Dimensions (main compartment): 18" (High) Tapers from 16" wide at base to 6" wide at top. Total Capacity: Over 1600 cu. in. Hydration (two): Up to a 100oz/3L CamelBak reservoir (rear hydration pocket), 32oz/1L Nalgene (side pouch) (sold separately) Shoulder Support: Wide shoulder strap (tapers from 4.5" to 3") Waist Support: Concealable 1.5" waist strap Empty Weight: 2.8 lbs Product Materials: 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric Du Pont Teflon fabric protector for grime resistance and easy maintenance YKK 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 (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread) AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material for superior shock protection Internal seams taped and finished Paracord zipper pulls Stress points double stitched, Bartacked or "Box-and-X" stitched for added strength Cleaning Instructions:
Maxpedition's nylon fabric is treated with Dupont Teflon for superb water and grime resistance. To clean, simply wipe down with a damp cloth. Allow gear to dry naturally. Do not machine wash. Do not use detergent or bleach.
Reviews: Maxpedition Monsoon Gearslinger
Reviewed by 8 customers
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Reviewer: J. McCann | Savannah, GA
I got my Gearslinger a month or so ago. Have used it on a couple of trips. It's a great bag with just a small issue that I'm solving as I go along. It's the total lack of small pockets that will hold things like cables, batteries, compass, etc. I'm adding smaller molle bags to the outside to manage these items.
Other than that, this is a great bag. It's built like a tank so I doubt I'll ever utilize the warranty.
It carries just enough while keeping you from overloading into being uncomfortable to carry.
Only thing that kept it from being 5 stars is the lack of small outside pockets / spaces
Reviewer: KA | Tulsa, OK
Before you order this bag consider your intended purpose. It is a triangle design (limiting room) and sits rather low on the back (even with the strap tight). I have this bag for work and the gym, so I don't carry a lot of stuff and it weights next to nothing. It is comfortable enough for my purpose but I would not want to carry it with anymore than 20-25 lbs. It is also comfortable enough to wear while I am on my motorcycle.
Reviewer: Greg D. | Jacksonville
Ok, I'm very picky, this pack is excellent, but be aware you should wear it low on the shoulder not high, don't fight the ergo' curve in the strap. usually this pack sits in my car as my emergency pack, but I recently used on on a 2 day turn around business trip. Since this was a 2 day trip the Maxpedition Monsoon was all I took, no checked baggage. It held my MP3, PSP, a few chargers, a change of clothes and toiletries; it's the perfect carry on. Quality is excellent.
You won't be disappointed!
Reviewer: Los | Portland
After extensive research I finally pulled the trigger on this bag. I didn't like the fact that I couldn't actually physically hold and inspect the product, so it was a bit of a leap of faith. I have not been disappointed! This is a super durable bag that will probably outlast me! It gives qiuck access to gear once you learn how to pack it, and it has plenty of room. Be prepared for the durability of the fabric and the rugged construction to add a bit of weight to the bag. This really suprised me. I will be investigating the add on pouches available for this bag, and it has plenty of areas and attachment points. I'm looking forward to logging many miles with this bag!
Excellent product, no regrets
Reviewer: T. Bryant | Washington D.C.
I have been using this pack for about 9 months now, first for University and then over the summer for some outdoor adventures. It performs great for both, and still looks brand new. It fits some books and my macbook along with lunch and mac power supply/mouse for school, as well as a host of smaller everyday items. No issues there. Put the cell phone holder on the strap also. It's right there, and I can feel the vibration with the ringer off.
As for outdoor use, the Monsoon was ideal for a day trip to summit a mountain. Also hiking, mountain biking and just trekking around. The waist strap is invaluable for these activities. My camelback fit right inside, saving me hauling a Nalgene around. Hook and loop attachments route the camelback hose right to where you want it. Plus I got several interested compliments on the thing's appearance.
The concealed carry option is also a bonus. My Sig rides in it's pocket without issue. I got the holster and mag holders and they velcro right in there. The gun does not create an annoying lump that can be felt pressing into your back at all.
In all a great purchase. I have since purchased 3 other Maxpedition bags for rangebag use, computer use and camera use.
Life can be hard on gear, especially on those everyday packs and bags. Understanding how taxing the daily grind can be on kit bags, Maxpedition utilizes only the highest performing materials. Its story begins in a small workshop in 1988, where experts were dedicated to creating hard-use, military-specification nylon gear. It wasn't long before this commitment to producing durable bags was well-known throughout the world. Despite Maxpedition's international and domestic success, it continues to develop even more user-friendly designs and only uses quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship. Adhering to its philosophy of constant self-improvement, Maxpedition gear can withstand the rigors of the outdoors, the office, the gym or even that next mission in the field.