Hazard 4 Pod Organiser Pack
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
When in use at the range or in the field I carry all sorts of kit from bulky binoculars and ear defenders to multiple tiny tools, camera accessories and range notes etc. These things quickly get out of control and you will always fill whatever space you have. Smaller items constantly fall into the bottom of the bag which then requires tipping out to find and inviting the loss of valuable and often essential kit.
The Hazard 4 Clerk seeks to fight off these woes by not only having the usual complement of smaller internal pockets, but it opens sideways. Rather than having to retrieve items from a deep dark bag, you have a more briefcase like arrangement with a full zip off door for the smaller tools. Most helpfully, a large clear ‘wallet’, within which you can place range notes or cards that need reading and updating as you shoot, and kept dry from the rain!
Overall, the rucksack is ergonomically shaped, padded and ventilated on the shoulder and waist straps to guarantee comfortable wear all day. It has a thermally moulded back panel giving variable rigidity, air ventilation and a solid ‘datum’ around which to hang all the rest. With just over 20-litres overall capacity with a spec of 18 x11x6.2” and weighing 1675g. The main compartment is lined with Velcro for attaching dividers or Hazard 4 holsters (not included).
Externally, MOLLE attachments are as usual, extensive, with a panel for the de-rigeur moral patches. It carries very well and the waist band is broad to spread load onto your hips for long carries. I particularly liked the multiple slots and positions for tools and although more expensive than many of its ‘similar looking’ peers, it shows far more quality in all areas from materials used, to zippers and stitching. The Invista 1000D Cordura proved really tough, water repellent and far more supple than competing products!
You can install a hydration bladder up to 3 litres for which there is a hole for the hose and a drainage port if needed. A 15” laptop pocket is a nod towards the more briefcase like nature of the product and certainly handy when transiting airport customs where in needs to come out quickly. Two hardened outer pockets are great for sunglasses, wind meters or phone/ wallet and like all of the pockets and zips on the bag, open from the side and top, rather than just the top so when you do pick it up by one of the many grab handles you are less likely to drop items. Compression straps will snug things in a few extra centimetres for the space conscious and available in black, Multicam or coyote, you can choose what suits your environment best. Most importantly, the pockets when filled do not over fill the ability to actually zip the bag closed as some lesser styles can.