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PARATUS 3 DAY OPERATOR’S PACK REVIEW – PRACTICAL MILITARY GRADE BUG OUT BAG

Review overview

Comfort 9.1
Weight 8.5
Value for Money 9.8
Customizability 9.6
Design 9.1
Brand 9.1

Summary

9.2 tech score Plenty of room, quality construction, great price. I mainly acquired this for a 72-hour bag. I was worried it wouldn't have room for my bug out gear. It has ample space intended for everything essential and still has a lot of space left. This is robust, well-built with lots of compartments. I don't have any complaints.

 

I was a bit skeptical ordering a pack from 3V Gear as it was a relatively unknown manufacturer, at least, to me.

After unboxing this great pack, a few things did stand out from other packs – it felt unbelievably rugged, it has a modular design as well as there was ample room to stack 3-5 days worth of bug out gear.

I acquired this pack for using it as Getting Home Backpack for my car, but it can also be used for camping/backpacking and as a Bug Out Bag. I love to attach additional MOLLEs with it for extra space.

Another reason is that I like to categorize my gear in modules. Therefore, it is easier for me to learn where certain objects are, unlike the casual day packs where all of them are just shoved in one big hole.

 CONSTRUCTION AND FEATURES

The build quality is excellent, featuring 600 denier nylon as well as double stitching all over the pack. I’ve filled it with 55 lbs of gear and bugged out many times with it.

It was comfortable plus the straps adjusted sufficiently, but anything beyond that and I’d personally look for a lightweight alternative which includes chest straps, internal frame, and beefier throw away pads.

It also didn’t ride being a backpacking pack where a few of the weight is distributed towards the hips: most of the weight seemed to lay on the shoulders. That said, it sat high enough so that it was still comfy and snug.

I’ve flown with this bag with the MOLLE pouches as well as bottom bag removed. I also noticed on a few of the longer hikes; the waist band loosens up after a few years. Not a deal killer whatsoever, but a small annoyance.

I was searching for a BOB/Vehicle/Stuff for all my bug out gear. It keeps eating my gear with room for a lot more. The material is high quality.

Overall, this is a killer deal for a high-quality bug out bag. If you are considering a bug out backpack in your trunk or for a weekend camping/ brief hiking backpack, this pack is tough to beat. It’s also all too easy to attach a rolled sleeping bag towards the top using the previous straps.

I’ve loaded it out using a sleeping bag, bivy sack, clothes and all the essentials for a three day overnight trip and still had free space left!

DESIGN

One of several selling points of this bug out bag is the particular modular design. As I initially ordered that, I questioned the usefulness of the two MOLLE pouches. After playing around with the punches, one side pouch turned into a designated medical bag plus the other pouch in shape for a 16oz s/s travel mug at the end with a 320z Nalgene bottled sitting inside.

With a tiny wiggling, I was able to get the zipper to close sufficiently to store the particular bottle. Without the cup at the end, it’s a fantastic fit.

On the topic of hydration, in the main compartment, there is a large pocket for your hydration bladder as well as a tight opening for your tube right below the center carry handle. The pocket has no hook, but I did not experience any major issues with this particular bladder while bugging out.

CUSTOMIZATION

BUILD YOUR BOOK OF ELI’S BUG OUT BAG AND PREP UP FOR A POST-APOCALYPTIC WORLD

Detachable fanny-pack is certain to get more use than imaginable. Stuff essentials in the removable pack, in fact, it is always ready to be broken away from the main compartment. You can leave this pack back in the camp, or leave it within the car for a brief hike. Paracord freezer handles make access in and out more smooth. And the internal pocket in addition to dividers keeps you much more organized than some file cabinet.

For the sagging waist pack, here’s a great solution…

Attach little bunnies that we connected through the fabric section of the alternate strap position on the waist pack. You then connect it to every ring located over the rest of the backpack and also connect it to the loops besides the most notable handle.
Black bunnies with a spiral wire cover give you another storage option. I furthermore put bow string wax around the bunnies to repel normal water, but that’s optional.

The backpack comes with a waist padding and also sternum strap. If you wish to know how much it is possible to stuff this bug out backpack, here is what I put inside –

  • A couple of MREs
    A Couple of Underpants
    A Couple of Shirts
    2 Couple of Shorts
    2 Couple of Socks
    A pair of Mini Vaseline
    2 Toothbrush w/ Toothpaste
    2 Shemaghs
    5 Tactical Ponchos
    12 AA Battery packs
    A Bunch of Cotton Balls
    A Deodorant
    First Aid Kit
    Bivvy Sack
    Multi-Tool
    A Deck of cards
    LED Flashlight
    Esbit 3-Piece Light-weight Anodized Aluminum Camping Cookset
    iPhone
    Toothpaste
    Nail Clippers
    Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System
    CamelBak 90352 Omega Water Reservoir, 3 Litres
    My Oakley Glasses
    Emergency Food Bars 2400+ Calories
    Mountain House, Beef Stroganoff with Noodles
    Canteen
    Multi-Blade Utensil Tool
    Outdoor First aid Kit
    Schrade SCHKM1 Large Full Tang Fixed Blade Kukri Machete
    The Schrade Machete has been my staple for years. It is brutal, ruthless and cut anything at will.

Wow, that was a lot of items on this list! I might’ve forgotten some stuff since I am too lazy to evaluate every detail.

Guess what, despite having all those objects I listed up top there exists STILL MORE ROOM TO PACK FAR MORE STUFF.

I’d highly advocate this backpack if you are willing to fit its MOLLEs to good use!

  • PROS

    • Rugged, quality bug out bag.
    • Modular design is actually useful.
    • Hydration bladder suits well, despite the hole for your drinking tube staying extremely snug.
    • Not just a rugged pack but ingeniously designed as well. Other packs claim to be MOLLE’s, but the Paratus takes it to a whole new level.
    • Great value for money.

    CONS

    • Not created for prolonged hiking (heavier, deficiency of chest straps, frame and skimpy middle pads).
    • Midsection band loosens upward frequently and paracord zipper laces come down easily.
    • The waist pack is detachable that’s great but that sags and hangs.
    • I’ve also had some of the paracord laces around the zippers come off- all to easy to remedy, but yet again somewhat annoying.

I’d highly advocate this backpack if you are willing to fit its MOLLEs to good use!This specific beast can carry much stuff. I compounded a couple of smaller 72 hours kits into this one pack and received room to extra. With the MOLLE devices, you could stack so much stuff onto this thing which you couldn’t stand in place while wearing it.

 

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