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15 Tougher-Than-Hell Tactical Backpacks

Using rugged materials and packing as much function as possible, these utilitarian backpacks effortlessly blend into the everyday.

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Once it’s declassified, advanced military technology tends to drip down into civilian goods. It’s how we got GPS, the internet and the Jeep. But the relationship goes both ways, with innovative outdoor products and materials influencing what the military uses, too.

The tactical backpack exists on a spectrum that covers outdoor-specific and everyday use. Like the war zone-ready backpacks worn by service members around the globe, today’s military-inspired backpacks are tougher than hell, with organizational features that go far beyond the capabilities of ordinary backpacks.

Heavyweight reinforced nylon, weatherproofing capabilities and earth tone colors are common themes in these crossover bags. They also often feature PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing to be MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) compatible. There’s no better catch-all for all the things you carry throughout your day. And these 15 picks are the leaders of the pack.

Additional contributions by John Zientek, Michael Finn and Hayley Helms.

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Best Overall
GoRuck GR1
Best Upgrade Tactical Pack
2-Day Assault - 27L
Best Value Tactical Pack
Red Rock Outdoor Gear Large Assault Pack
Best Special Edition Tactical Bag
Mystery Ranch Special Blend Summit 26
Mystery Ranch
Best Designed Tactical Pack
Prometheus Design Werx S.H.A.D.O.
Prometheus Design Werx
Best Bugout Bag Tactical Pack
5.11 RUSH72 Tactical Backpack
Best Camera Bag Tactical Pack
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II Pro
Best Dry Bag Tactical Pack
BRU Active Premium 40L Dry Bag
BRU Active
Best Hydration Tactical Pack
Camelbak M.U.L.E. 100oz Mil Spec Crux
Best Urban Tactical Pack
Nike RPM Backpack
Best Weekend Tactical Pack
Condor 3-Day Assault Pack
Best Organized Tactical Pack
Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack
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Best Hunting Tactical Pack
Eberlestock X2 Pack
Best Sling Tactical Pack
Hazard 4 Plan-B
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Best Tactical Fanny Pack
DYJ Tactical Fanny Pack
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