Maxpedition Duality Convertible Backpack
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- Last updated: 15/11/2023
The Maxpedition Duality Convertible Backpack is one of the manufacturer’s smaller packs, with a capacity of just 16 litres, but it is still packed with clever and useful features.
As its name suggests, the pack can provide two different modes of use. Two separate shoulder straps mean it can be carried as a normal backpack. However, they can also both be zipped together to form a single strap, so it can be worn over either shoulder as a sling pack. With the capacity of the pack being relatively small, the straps and the back are only lightly padded, but they are still comfortable in both the single and the double configuration. The zipped sides of the straps do not snag or rub against clothing, because they are designed in a way that keeps them away from it, and in use did not prove a problem at all.
With the duality function, you can haul your gear more comfortably over a distance using the backpack mode (employing two straps), and then switch to a sling-carry, with the one strap, freeing up your chosen shoulder so you can shoot unrestricted. Switching between the functions takes just a few seconds and can be done quietly, making this a great pack if you are stalking.
The large main compartment is accessible via a double-zippered opening at the top that extends halfway down each side to give good access to the contents. Inside there’s a slip pocket on the back, but other than that, it is a clear space for large items.
The second mid-sized compartment has similar access, with the zipper extending two-thirds of the way down each side, and a full Velcro interior lining for attaching items to. In the centre of the opening, on the front flap, there is a loop that you can pull to open the compartment fully very quickly. This is really useful and it means you can instantly get to a first aid kit stored in this compartment, one-handed, just in case.
The smallest front pocket has an admin-style layout, with various elasticated loops and slip pockets, plus a fold-down front for full access. The ‘drawbridge’ design of the front flap has an adjustable cord on either side, which controls how far down it opens. This very clever feature allows you to set the flap to give full access to the inside, without items spilling out onto the ground.
All of the high-quality YKK zippers have cord pulls and operate very smoothly, plus the buckles are all quick-release. The bag is made from 100 Denier water and abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon, with a Teflon coating, and water will bead and then run off the surface, protecting the contents completely. The material can also be wiped clean very easily.
Measuring 11 x 62 x 14” and weighing only 715-grams, this is a great lightweight carry that is very well made and built to last.