The Quiet Survivalist review the 3V Gear PARATUS 3 Day Operators Pack
EDIT; I originally wanted to wait and do an all up review of this pack. I was that impressed with this on unpacking you are getting this in 2 parts. The first is what it looks like new and how its put together.
The second will be when I’ve beat it up/ used it for awhile.
First impressions of this pack? Its a very well put together piece of gear at a price point far below the equivalent gear from other more well known companies. Its a 4 piece system, everything goes together well, good construction and uniform color.
I received an email from Bastian at 3V Gear( link is on the side bar) last week and I was mildly surprised but intrigued. I had briefly glanced at the site before but had not really given it another thought.
Really, another pack maker?
Fortunately I replied and learned a bunch about the guys up there in Utah and their model for making packs. Turns out, they are users, not just marketers with some being reserve soldiers as well as combat veterans.
So I looked forward to receiving this pack and today, there it was, delivered by our intrepid mail chick who had a limited sense of humor about my house, boxes and the seemingly endless supply of things people send me.
I asked for OD green. I’ve found, OD hides dirt well and the more beat up it gets the better it blends in. They are available in Black and a Desert Tan color as well. Made with 600D fabric, with a heavy layer of PVC it is built to last.
First thing I saw, they have their own packing tape. Very cool, IMO. Shows class and they have their crap all in one bag.
Not to mention, easily identifiable in the stack of things to open.
On opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised at the size of this bag. The tag says 20x12x5.5 inches but that’s not easy to spatially comprehend, until you pick it up.
Its stiff enough to stand up by itself and on the first look out of the box there are no glaring deficiencies. No tears, loose straps and parts falling off.
I feel no parts falling off is a good thing with new gear, gives me a little faith at least. If you knew the garbage I get issued you would understand.
This is a 4 piece system. A novel and new idea in the tactical gear industry. And it comes with all 4 pieces, surprisingly.
What I liked from looking at the website was the small gear bag they term a Rapid Deployment Pack which attaches to the outside bottom of the main pack. It does NOT attach to the main pack with the visible straps and fastex style buckles. Those are to retain and control the contents when it is packed. The real attachment point is in the back with a novel combination of metal buckles and straps I’ve never seen before.
There is a belt concealed in the rear of this bag, and is attached with hook and loop, as well as a snap so it can be moved from a waist belt to a shoulder strap quickly. Another feature I never knew was a good idea until I played with this.
It looks like it will retain the bag well and to be very honest I’ve paid $50 for bags similar, and liked them less on first looks. This bag is destined to be a First Aid Kit.
The 2 molle style pouches are on each side, pre assembled as well. Another surprise, I didn’t have to assemble anything. Looking at the web site picture I thought, mistakenly, they only attached to 1 row of Molle type webbing.
I was incorrect. They attach very quickly to 3 rows of molle webbing and the pouch straps are different then most. Instead of having molle webbing on the pouch, and the resulting fight getting everything threaded properly, these straps have hook and loop sewn on, and another strip on the rear of the pouch.
Sounds more Rube Goldberg than it is. Thread your straps, snap it together and squeeze. That’s it, takes longer to describe than it does to actually do. Stupid simple and it works.
Each pouch has a small divider sewn in, on the lid side, not the body side.There are 2 rows of molle webbing sewn on the outside of the lid for attaching more if you wish.
And as I noticed these pouches are actually right and left, so when closed the zipper pulls face the rear. Or front depending how you want to arrange them.
The zipper pulls on the pouches as well as the Rapid Deployment Bag are all single pulls. You get where they are and that’s the direction they go. Actually kind of nice, no wondering if they are open or closed, just grab and pull til it stops in the dark, and its closed.
Now for the pack itself.
It has 2 parts, the main pack which has either a hydration bladder pouch or what mine very well may turn out to be, a radio pouch. I will have to build a holder for the radio but that’s no big deal. The pouch right now will hold 2, 96oz Nalgene Canteens which I’ve talked about in other posts. They ride fine, so far.
There is a slot in front of the grab handle on top for a hose if you like that kind of hydration system.
Sewing- the pictures on the web site do not do the sewing justice. It looks like everything has a single row, but reality is its all double sewn, with heavy stitches at stress points. Chest and shoulder straps are well done with no visible issues so far. The waist belt has plenty of adjustment for me, with heavy padding in the middle and buckle adjustments on both ends.
The outer part is what some call the lid pouch, its sewn onto the main pack and has a divider in it, mine will be a map case. On the outside there is a hook and loop patch for attaching name tapes or in my case Bastian thoughtfully included a PVC American Flag and a 3V company swag patch. Four rows of molle webbing, 2 above and 2 below the hook and loop finish out the outside.
I’m moving my second line gear to this pack today. It will be my new working pack for the foreseeable future as things develop. Stay tuned, I believe this bag will be in most of my adventures from here on. I’m very impressed so far with design, concept and construction. Not what I expected at all from a bag priced below $150, let alone $70.
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