Review of the 3V Gear PARATUS 3 Day Operators Pack Part 2 The Quiet Survivalist
part 1 here
I’m back from a week hiatus, with the finishing Review of the 3V Gear PARATUS 3 Day Operators Pack. Ive had it for about 3 weeks and I’ve been less than kind to this pack.
About the abuse anyway.
My absolute opinion of this bag? I like it , a lot. It has done everything Ive asked a bag to do, and its done it WITHOUT threads pulling, straps tearing, stitching pulling loose, etc.
Its an awesome bag at a price I still have a hard time believing.
The fabric has no visible abrasions, its dirty but its a working pack. It’s supporting foam on the back is rigid enough to hold the packs shape, it keeps heavy gear under control well.
There are enough straps on the outside to tighten everything down tight and in a “close to your back” package for moving through the rough terrain and thick brush.
The bush here is full of things which will cut, stab, and generally ruin most things out off the pavement. I’ve had white thorn mesquite tear holes in 1000D Cordura with annoying speed.
Thorns and barbed wire catch everything and if you aren’t careful you will leave a very expensive trail of gear behind you.
This is a good bag
I’ve attached multiple items to the webbing on the outside, as well as hung rope from the straps. The tan pouch is a stainless water bottle from Wiggy’s , and it holds 32 ozs , no issues with the webbing pulling out or stitches coming loose there or anywhere.
The sewing, which I was at first a bit questioning of, has held up to my expectations of a working pack. I did not burn off loose threads on my initial look at the pack. I do with issued gear, its just a good idea with the fewer ways of things to unravel.
But, I wanted an honest look at this, and perhaps I really wanted to see if a pack at this price point would stay together.
Whatever. It stayed together and is doing it well.
I’m having a tough time expressing how much I like this pack without sounding like a fan boy.
The assault pack on the outside bottom is my first aid kit. It stays packed, and its performing admirably as a quick grab and run FAK.
Now the catch. Not really a huge issue but it has been something I and others noticed. In all fairness this is an issue with ALL semi rigid bags, not just this one so do not believe you will avoid it with a more expensive bag.
When carrying large amounts of water or just over packing it with dense heavy items, you need to put an additional section of closed cell foam inside to hold the packs shape.
Or in my case I just don’t care, I drink water very quickly out here and it is a marginal issue at best.
2 Nalgene canteens, or 6 bottles of water is about the same volume and after playing with it and adjusting where and how I pack it I’ve determined this works well as a working bag. It holds a full days gear and food, a small pack stove and my small cook pot, as well as whatever specific gear I think I’ll need for that days specific tasks.
My strobes, LZ marking kit, wands for landing aircraft, Gore Tex jacket etc. In every working bag, you have to adjust the loading with your mission.
That’s the only way you avoid a pack the size of a 7000cu monstrosity. You have to adjust as what you are doing changes.
If you don’t, you will have 1 bag with everything, and it will never leave the truck. It will be too big, too heavy, or just get in the way. Please tell me how that helps at all.
This bag has held up to use I’ve seen bags at 4x the price be utterly destroyed. Yes, I was sent this at no cost to me for a review. I would buy one of these as a students book bag, an over night bag, a light gear bag and a working bag. I have plans for using this bag as a base for a mobile HF radio pack. The price is more than competitive, and construction is exceptional.
In conclusion, this bag was a surprise. If I’d been asked a month ago, I’d have said there is no way. I am very pleasantly surprised at the quality of material and construction. I am surprised at the price and I am surprised at the way everything has held up.
I recommend the 3V Gear Paratus Operators pack. I will be watching this company in the days to come. I see great things coming from them in the future.