I had been searching for a new medicpack for my loadout for some time, with a few criterias I thought I wanted;
- It had to mount directly to my carrier.
- Velcro on the inside
- Elastics on the inside of the lid
- Clamshell opening
- Velcro to mount flag
- PALS on the front
- Low profile so I can stay mobile indoors
So after searching far and wide, I ended up with this, the SORD 4-cell medic pack;
It comes with all the forementioned qualities, and four internal mesh insert-pouches – three zippered ones, and one elasticized open-top insert, with two separated rooms in it.
However, when I fill the pouches up, I can only fit two of the zippered pouches along with the opentop!
In addition, when I fill both the pouches as well as the elastics in the lid, I’m having a hard time closing the pack fully! It isn’t really a problem, I’ll only have to take less stuff with me!
The second problem comes with the fact that I want to be able to swap between configurations on my platecarrier.
I use a Crye Assault zip-on panel on occation, and therefore I wanted to mount the SORD-pack to a Crye molle zip-on so I could swap between them without the hassle of threading molle all the time.
However, with both the pack, the zip-on panel and my hydrosystem, the pack gets a good deal of stand-off from the platecarrier, and thus shifting the weight around and limiting my mobility!
Antenna up my nose is an optical illusion. I promise.
So, I’ll be selling this thing.
I’ve ordered a High Ground Gear Medical Trauma Pack to replace it – it has most of the same features, but isn’t strapped on to my back.
I’ll post a review of it if I get the time!
What backpack do you currently use? And if money and availability wasn’t an issue, what would you have used?