Brandit US Cooper Backpack
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- Last updated: 25/01/2022
While many quality backpacks carry a hefty price tag, there are still some decent products available at lower prices. The Brandit US Cooper pack is one such item, priced at under £40, and it shows just how much you can get on a tight budget.
There are two large main compartments and two smaller admin pockets on the front, with a total capacity of 25 litres, so plenty of space for your gear. There are good quality double zips on all compartments and the heavy-duty nylon material has a water-resistant inner coating to keep everything dry. Putting this coating on the inside means that it is less likely to get damaged or wear off like it would if it was on the outside.
The adjustable padded shoulder straps are a bit narrow but still comfortable, even with a full load, and there is an adjustable or removable hip belt to help keep the pack from bouncing around on your back. The rear of the backpack, where it sits against your back, is nicely shaped and padded to improve both comfort and ventilation. There is also a pocket for a hydration bladder on the back, with Velcro fastenings and, if you are not carrying water, this is a great ‘out of sight’ space to secure your valuables.
On the outside, there are six compression straps to help secure the contents as well as numerous attachment points including MOLLE and D-ring options, plus there’s a strong carry handle on the top. There are no storm flaps over the zips, which is perhaps something they should have considered, but in light rain, the high-quality zips did seem to keep the water out ok.
Weighing just 1.2kg, this is a very light but also very tough bag and it has more than enough space for all your gear. The build quality is better than you might expect for the price and everything is very well finished off and neat. The main compartment opens out flat, like a suitcase, so you can pack it easily and lay your gear out as you want, rather than just stuffing it all in from the top. It will also accommodate A4 sized folders, which is handy for carrying paper targets or notebooks etc. There are also spaces for smaller items like pens in the admin pocket on the front.
Overall, this is a great pack. It’s certainly worth the price and it has all the features you need. There’s plenty of room for everything you will need for a day’s activities, including spare clothing, food, drinks and the all-important shooting equipment.