Crosshatch Sling Pack
- By Graham Allen
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- Last updated: 25/08/2017
A relatively small backpack is often worth its weight in gold, as you don’t always want to take a huge amount of gear with you and a bag too large can encourage you to carry far too much unnecessary gear. I often head out into the countryside for a good walk and like to travel light. I still carry food and drink, a small First Aid kit, a lightweight set of waterproofs etc. but that’s about it.
A pack I’ve been using quite a bit lately is the Crosshatch Sling Pack from US-based First Tactical. The pack is made from 1000D nylon, in this case in OD Green but it is also available in Coyote and good old Black. It has on overall capacity of 19.1-litres, with the main compartment being 17.5-inches high, 9-inches wide and 6-inches deep. It’s light too, at only 1.1kg. Tough YKK zips and Duraflex™ hardware are used throughout the build and the zip on the main compartment opens right up, so that the contents can be laid out easily when required. The rear of the interior is lined with fleecy material, so it’s possible to attach Velcro backed pouches. The flap has a double-zipped mesh pouch, ideal for keys and loose change etc. and two useful pouch pockets with adjuster tabs that are perfect for tall, slim water bottles. If you want to gain access to the contents quickly, there are zips running down both sides, secured by small shock cord loops at the top.
The smaller compartment has a zipped pouch that’s just the right size for a small First Aid kit and there’s a stitched-in loop to keep keys safe and also a removable key fob. There are also numerous small pouches stitched into the front of the zipped pouch and these are great for pens, torches and snacks. On the front of the pouch is another zipped compartment, slightly taped top to bottom and I use this for stowing my waterproof trousers. There are two repositionable compression straps fitted to the front of the pack and these can be used to reduce the bulk of the pack; the clips are easy to use and they can be unfastened by squeezing them together, there are also sections of Molle for all manner of bits and pieces. On top of the small pouch is a plush-lined, zipped pouch that’s designed for sunglasses and there’s a sturdy grab handle too. In total, there are four external and three internal pockets, more than enough for all sorts of kit. The fully padded back is comfortable for extended use and the carry strap can be used left or righthanded by simply attaching the bottom section to the required side. A quick-release cross body strap keeps the pack in place. A Velcro fastened pocket on the bottom of the bag is another useful feature and is perfect for a lightweight waterproof jacket and there are four loops stitched on the bottom for carrying a groundsheet or tarp.
Well, as I said, I’ve been using the First Tactical Crosshatch Sling Pack a lot and I can’t fault it! It has carried everything I’ve needed and can be configured in various ways to store whatever you need. It’s very well designed and made and it looks like it with suffer all manner of use and misuse! It’s also great value for money at just £79.95.