Maxpedition Typhoon Backpack
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- Last updated: 07/12/2023
Maxpedition backpacks are well constructed, and durability is certainly a key feature. The Typhoon uses 1000-denier water and abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon fabric, with a Teflon coating for grime and wear resistance, and a triple polyurethane coating for water resistance. If you pour water on the backpack, it immediately beads up and runs off with zero penetration. All stress points are double-stitched, and all internal seams are taped. The YKK zips, with paracord pulls, and Duraflex buckles, are high quality, and the overall finish is top-notch.
The capacity is 13 litres, and the compartments are squared off so you can use every bit of the internal space. The main compartment is 11 x 6.5 x 4” with an open mesh pocket and a zippered slip pocket on one side. The rest of it is open and you can stash a lot of gear inside. Access is through a double zip across the top and halfway down each side.
Two-thirds of the front of the pack is occupied by a large admin compartment with various slip pockets. Above this is a smaller compartment that is still a good size for stowing gear. On the right-hand side of the main compartment is a sheath pocket, ideal for a small torch or a large folding knife. There is also a small, zippered pocket suitable for either a compact pair of binoculars or a rangefinder. The outside of the pack has numerous fixing points, including PALS webbing loops and Velcro panels. A small bungee retention cord on the left-hand side is suitable for a water bottle or shooting sticks.
Instead of numerous compression straps on the sides, which can be a nuisance and snag on anything nearby, a single Y-shaped strap sits on the top and the front of the pack, holding everything inside securely. There are also straps on the underside of the pack, where you can attach a shooting mat or clothing for quick access. The wide and well-padded shoulder straps combine with breathable and profiled padding on the back of Typhoon to give a very comfortable carry, and there is also a very strong grab handle on the top.
The very compact and squared-off design means you can carry a lot more gear than you might think in the Typhoon, and the flat bottom means that it stands up on the ground and does not roll over. The design allows you to stow your gear in separate but very accessible spaces, and the compartments on the right-hand side are perfect for items like ammunition, magazines, and binoculars.
Weighing less than 1kg, this is one of the best small backpacks you will come across and, although it does carry a pretty high price tag, you do get a very high-quality product that will last for years.