4 Tactical Backpacks That Also Make Great Bug Out Bags

These 3 Tactical Backpacks offer you the biggest bang for your money .  Even if you are just going on an afternoon hike, a bike ride through a National Park, a 3-day camping trip or a serious outdoor survival exercise like a search-and-rescue mission, the way you pack your gear in your Tactical Backpack is essential for both comfort and endurance.

You just can’t go as long or as fast if you’re carrying too much weight or it’s badly packed, bumping around low on your back. You need to keep your gear high and tight, and these tactical backpacks will have you on your way with everything in tow.

Many tactical backpacks have special features like organized pouches and compartments, slits or holes for earphones,  molle gear, radio antennae or tubing, and a hydration bladder or water pouch included. Of course of paramount importance is comfort, durability, weight and price. What’s the point in a tactical backpack that can’t handle wear, tear, and bad weather? And since everyone needs different gear for their work or adventures, customizable features are a big plus in our book.

Check out these tactical backpacks and choose the one that best fits your needs.




The North Face Unisex Recon Backpack: Available in 18 different colors, from solid black to orange with red for high visibility. This pack features a padded and fleece-lined 15-inch laptop pouch within the main compartment, two mesh water bottle pockets, more water bottle tabs, and a variety of other pockets that great for little things like your free credit card knife or  free keychain multi tool. It’s a great starter tactical backpack, or one for people who are looking for an everyday carry our bug out bag. It withstands weather, has pocket reinforcement, and waist and chest belts for comfort. It’ll run you around $120.00 on Amazon.

GoRuck GR1: This rucksack does not mess around. It’s got a bombproof laptop compartment with a removable hard plastic frame to help stabilize and distribute the weight on your shoulders, customizable MOLLE webbing pouches, and a hydration port under the top handle for easy access to your hydration bladder. It also features silent zippers, extra padded straps and handle, and rainproofing. The smaller size weighs 2.9 lbs and costs $295.00 at the GoRuck website.

5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack: Comes in 7 different colors, and constructed of 15D nylon with water-repellent coating on the main body and inside pocket flaps and bags. This tactical pack features a foam-padded hydration pocket, a fleece-lined sunglass pocket and internal frame support. It also has a chest strap to reduce shoulder stress and a big 23 x 13.5 x 8.5 inch main compartment that opens flat. There is also MOLLE webbing on this pack, allowing you to add a ton of additional gear pouches including your best tactical flashlight. This backpack is suited for everyday carry, military, hunting, exploring, sports, hiking and tactical survival situations.

Spec Ops T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack: This 40 liter pack is 19 x 13 x 12 inches, made in the USA, and is well suited to an every day carry, daypack or military tactical bag. T.H.E. stands for “Tactical Holds Everything”, but is actually a great all-purpose travel or survival bag. The pack has a lot of MOLLE webbing, on front pouches, bottom and sides, so you can strap anything to it. T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack features a Lifetime Guarantee and is also fully lined in high-visibility yellow so you can find your items. Your hydration bladder fits in the midpoint of the pack for balance. Spec Ops claims these bags have never had a harness failure, that’s a pretty strong selling point for those who want a really rugged bag!

Remember tactical backpacks also make for a great bug out bag when you need one. Keep them organized and properly packed and the will take care of you for many years to come.