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- Last updated: 06/10/2020
Polish pack manufacturer Wisport has a rich heritage and supplies elite units such as GROM with equipment that is both solid and dependable. Whilst they may not be so well-known in the UK, I think I can safely say that they have a track record for making good gear.
The Sparrow 16L is the latest model in its line and is made of durable 500D Cordura Nylon. It includes removable, ergonomically shaped and lightly padded shoulder straps. There are multiple MOLLE attachment points on the front and side panels. Located in the main compartment is an internal hydration sleeve on the backside inner, a zippered pocket and multiple elastic loops for easy organisation. Additionally, above the sleeve pocket is a hook for the attachment of the hydration system and a passage for a hose or antenna.
It features a front compartment with zip closure and multiple quick release buckles that allow the backpack to be quickly dropped. The side compression straps allow it to be adapted to the size of the carried kit and prevent the contents from shifting inside, which may cause unnecessary noise, discomfort and disturbance to balance.
Moving up a notch to what I refer to as ‘three-day’ packs, Wisport offers various models covering 30- 50L capacities. My favourite is the ZipperFox 40L. It was created as a modified, slightly larger and more versatile version of the Silverfox 30L model. Designed for medium duration trips or patrols, this new generation of single compartment tactical pack benefits from extremely lightweight and durable construction, high degrees of functionality and innovative technology.
The main feature is an inverted “U” shaped clamshell zip opening, which allows for quick and easy access to the main compartment from the top and both sides at the same time. Additionally, the ZipperFox comes with redesigned Semi Adjustable System (SAS) plus a carrying system which now includes profiled straps, a removable buckled waist belt, rigid back construction and highly breathable padding. Thanks to the ergonomically profiled straps sewn in permanently, the pack provides excellent stability when carrying uneven or dynamic loads, which makes it an ideal choice for more challenging environments and activities.
The ZipperFox is hydration system compatible, with an easily accessible zippered compartment, and is fully MOLLE compatible thanks to numerous webbing straps. It comes with a waterproof rain cover hidden inside the bottom compartment, side ski attachment straps (probably with other uses in the UK!) and multiple inner sleeves/ zipped pockets for easy organisation. It represents a perfect storage/carry solution for anyone that needs to manage a larger load when the going gets tough!
With simple, well thought out packing solutions to full-spectrum load-carrying hardware, Wisport has the lot, and you can check everything out by visiting their website. My sincere thanks go to Military 1st for providing the test samples.