As I was at the airport waiting to catch my flight for SHOT, I realized that I didn’t get the memo about appropriate attire. I guess I should’ve been completely kit’d out and ready to kick down a door. At least that’s what a ton of guys looked like! Here’s the problem; We all love the functionality and features of our favorite kit, but I personally don’t like looking like I’m down range. BDS Tactical has a new great line that addresses one part of this: your pack. They just launched their new line of Sport packs.
I was checking out the Coronado Sling Pack, and I can’t wait to get mine (the guys are cool enough to hook a brother up). It’s got all of the features I like … MOLLE webbing, strong top carry handle, criss-cross bungee on the front and the durability of a tactical pack. But, they’re running them in non-operator colors. Such a simple concept, but I dig it. And, like all of their products, they’re made in the USA, always a plus in my book. My current non-tactical pack is a normal backpack I picked up at a sporting goods store. I’ve only had it about 5 years, and it’s falling apart. So, to have a new option with the durability we’re all used to will be a welcome change.
I’ve used some other BDS products and I have to say they are engineered to last, so I’m not at all worried about durability with their new line. There are 7 packs in the new line varying in size, and a bunch of MOLLE compatible pouches for the outside. The pouches are also run in the same colors and don’t have the usual Velcro and MOLLE on the outside. The guys at BDS Tactical are solid, but what do you expect from some former Marines!
Check out this new line, so you don’t look like the guys I saw at the airport - www.bdstacticalgear.com
Kit Up! contributor Bill Janson is a former Recon Marine and is the founder of Eleven 10, a tactical gear manufacturer.