Are you in the military, law enforcement, or just an ordinary civilian looking for a backpack for your outdoor activities? Finding a backpack that you can depend on in all situations is vital. Actually, tactical backpacks are the best as they not only offer durability but will as well protect your items from being spoiled.
Many backpack makers promote their bags to be of great quality, but not all of them are. So, in this review, I have decided to share with you my honest opinion about one of the best tactical backpacks that I consider to offer value for money. This is the Direct Action Dragon backpack.
Technical Specifications of the
DIRECT ACTION Dragon Egg
|Compatibility:||Unique laser-cut MOLLE/PALS system|
|Padded sleeve compartment (Laptop/Tablet):||9.5 x 15 inches|
|Total Capacity:||25 Liters / 1526 cubic inches|
|Application:||2-day backpack / EDC|
|Material:||100% Cordura 500D|
|Combat Vent System:||Yes|
|Paracord drag handle:||contains (2) 2.5m cords|
|Fabric:||Water-resistant coated Cordura 500D|
|adjustable shoulder and sternum straps:||Yes|
|Lightweight and versatile:||Yes|
|Durable, water-resistant coated:||Yes|
|Main compartment dimensions (WxHxD):||27 x 48 x 18 cm / 10.6 x 19 x 7 inches|
The Direct Action Dragon Egg Backpack is specifically made for the military and law enforcers. However, there are some colors that are great for outdoor enthusiasts and hunters. The egg shape of the backpack makes it have a smaller volume than similar 5.11 Tactical Rush 12 backpacks with the same storage capacity. It is also easy to carry due to its lightweight design. With the various compartments included and the MOLLE system, you will be able to carry lots of items without any problem.
Read on to make an informed decision before buying the backpack, as we have highlighted its features, pros, and cons.
Direct action dragon egg backpack review
- 25-plus liters storage capacity
- 100% 500D Cordura fabric
- Heavy-duty, globe friendly YKK zippers
- 2 extra zippered external pockets
- 2 small side pockets that have elastic
- Extra side handles
- Unique patented CVS-combat Vent System
- Main compartment
- Quick-release shoulder straps
- Daisy chain webbing
- Duraflex hardware
- Laser-cut MOLLE/PALS system
- Paracord drag handle
- D-ring attachment
- Velcro panel for ID patches
- Additional zippered back compartment
Features and benefits
The Dragon egg backpack is made of 100% 500D Cordura material, which is a high-quality and durable fabric. This fabric lasts longer and won’t wear or tear easily. Therefore, you can rely on it as you head out to the wild or in rough areas. So, whether it’s hunting, hiking, camping, combat, or a military expedition, this backpack will serve you well. On top of that, it comes with heavy-duty glove-friendly YKK zippers. The laser-cut MOLLE/PALS system on the backpack is different from other MOLLE systems as it doesn’t absorb moisture.
Just like Maxpedition Falcon 2 water-proof backpack, this is a 25-liter capacity backpack ideal for either carrying a few EDC items or for short patrol duties. It has 3 zippered compartments. Also, it has a main compartment and a rear compartment. The main compartment features a hydration sleeve and mesh pocket. It also has a center tube where the hydration tube passes. On the other hand, the rear compartment comes with a padded sleeve where which can be utilized for securely carrying multiband radio gadgets or an iPad, or even a laptop.
Other storage areas include the front pocket and side pockets. The front pocket has a zippered mesh pocket and an internal organizer for pens, GPS, notepad, and other small items. On the sides, there are two updated pockets that can be used to carry flat and small gear. In addition, the side pockets can carry a water bottle as the brand has recently added elastic to it.
Apart from having various compartments, the Dragon Egg tactical backpack comes with a laser-cut MOLLE/PALS system that allows the user to attach a lot of items to it. The MOLLE system makes this tactical backpack have a low profile but at the same time be fully modular. Unlike the traditional MOLLE webbings, this laser-cut system doesn’t absorb water. So, your items will remain safe throughout. Moreover, the pack also has daisy chain webbing that runs along the front panel seam for linking any carabineers to the backpack.
When it comes to comfort, you will really like this pack. First of all, its egg shape design has a smaller volume when compared to other backpacks with the same storage capacity. Additionally, it has thick padded shoulder straps that the Eberlestock halftrack Polycarbonate backpack doesn’t have. So it offers comfort no matter the load you’re carrying inside the pack. Also, it has a unique patented CVS-combat vent system that provides the user comfort when using the bag for over a longer period of time. The paracord handle is not only sturdy but can as well be utilized for emergency purposes as it can be unwoven.
Some key features to note are the padded sleeve for storage of a laptop and the soft velour-lined pocket for keeping items like a cellphone, glasses, cards, or keys. It also has a detachable waist. With such amazing features, select a Dragon Egg pack color that matches your activity. This is a nice backpack, and it will serve you well for longer.
- It is durably made for longevity
- It has lots of storage compartments for proper organization of items
- The padded shoulders and ventilation on the back offers great comfort to the user
- The laser-cut MOLLE system doesn’t absorb moisture
- The 500D Cordura nylon fabric is made with a water-resistant coating
- It has a padded sleeve for carrying an iPad or laptop.
- It has a zippered back compartment for a hydration bladder
- It is easy to attach items as it features D-ring attachment points
- The paracord handle can be unwoven and used in an emergency situation
- It is not great for formal settings as it will create a lot of attention with its laser-cut MOLLE/PALS system.
- The backpack is quite small and not suitable if you’re going out for more than 24 hours.
- If you’re taller, you may find this backpack to be uncomfortable on your back due to its small size. So taller individuals should choose a Condor outdoor 50L tactical backpack. Otherwise, the straps may seem too close and short, which might pinch your neck.
The Direct Action Dragon Egg backpack is a wonderful daypack for outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, military personnel, and law enforcement. So, if you’re an office guy looking for a formal backpack, this isn’t the bag for you. It is also good for shorter people as taller people will have a hard time adjusting the straps. It has better storage capacity compared to the Recycled Firefighter 12L backpacks.
Overall, this is an excellent tactical backpack for carrying just a few items that you need for your night or day hunting. It is sturdily constructed, and its egg-shaped design makes it look slim and amazing. It has various compartments for storage, and the MOLLE webbing will allow you to add as many items as you want to.
Question: How comfortable is the Direct Action Dragon backpack?
Answer: The backpack is really comfortable to use for survival, everyday carry, and tactical scenarios. This is because it is comfy to carry, and you won’t experience any pain. It features shoulder straps that are heavily padded, and so is the back. In addition, the back has enough air circulation making the user be even more comfortable when carrying the bag for longer hours. The backpack is ideal for EDC use. For 2/3 days long tour, you should consider buying a 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 or a 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack as it doesn’t have enough storage capacity.
Question: Is this backpack made in the USA?
Answer: Direct Action backpacks are constructed with USA-made fabric parts and then assembled in Vietnam. This is exercise is quite expensive as the company has to export fabric, parts, and assembly to Vietnam and bring them back into the country. But since the company wants to offer the best, it does this for clients to receive the best-made backpacks from some of the best assemblers.
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