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January 26, 2017Gear Tasting

GORUCK Kit Bags and Bravo Concealment Holsters – Gear Tasting 73

GORUCK Kit Bags and Bravo Concealment Holsters – Gear Tasting 73

On today’s episode, Bryan showcases some kydex gear from Bravo Concealment and some new Kit Bags from GORUCK. He also answers some Questions Over Coffee on the best bags for maintaining low visibility and things to consider when selecting your first firearm for personal protection.

In each episode of Gear Tasting, Imminent Threat Solutions Editor-in-Chief Bryan Black answers your gear-related questions and shares his insight into what we’re currently evaluating at ITS HQ.

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  • Strych9

    Good answer on the backpack question. Personally I like the Oakley Mechanism pack for three reasons and it’s where I would recommend you start looking in terms of a combination of “low vis” and features. 
    1) Pretty high quality bag. I nearly never buy two of anything and I have three of these. They will carry 40lbs reasonably comfortably and without damaging the bag. (I carry a 20lb GoRuck weight around with me.) I’ve beat the hell out of one of these for nearly two years and if I rinse it off and let it dry it looks brand new again. (Scotch Guard enhances water resistance as well as stain resistance, I recommend it.)
    2) Fairly low profile. It fits in well here in Colorado and based on my experience in airports it fits in reasonably well most places in the country. If anything it’s comes across as a poseur technical pack. The fact that the bag gets hate on Amazon for this from climbers is good evidence that the bag doesn’t scream “I operate so hard!!!”. It’s an Oakley, so there’s that company not being known for tactical gear, it has no MOLLE on it and it comes in colors that facilitate blending in. Well, aside from the camo one that is.  
    3) Organization. It’s a rucksack style bag but it has four pockets on the sides, a big one on the back, two on the top and a flat zipper pocket on the top as well. It’s easy to organize for a trip or pretty much anything else from work to the gym. It easily accommodates a two person FAK/blowout kit, three days of clothes, a tablet, book, rain shell and other odds and ends. Makes a good school bag too. Med kit, books, laptop, power cords, rain shell, flashlight, knife, extra batteries, ITS Urban Kit, gloves, calculator, notebooks, pen case (fatty pocket organizer) other odds and end with space for more. As I said the pouches keep it all pretty well organized. I’d honestly say it’s a good all around 30L pack. That “flat pocket” I mentioned will hold a Maxpedition JK-3 Large Concealed Carry Pouch with a full sized pistol and spare mags, just to give you an idea of the size of that pocket.

    I’m not saying it’s the end-all-be-all bag for this application but I’d recommend you check it out and compare other bags to it. I like the fact that Oakley kinds screams ski/snowboard/surf not tactical. I’ve argued this with people and regardless of color I think “tactical” bags stick out like sore thumb. They’re covered in MOLLE/PALS webbing and they all pretty much have a give-away shape too which negates their color helping you blend into an urban environment. Regardless of what some people may say, it’s my experience that criminals tend to know fashion shockingly well and such bags make you a target for theft of a firearm/other tools they suspect you have the same way high end clothing/suits make you a target for your wallet, watch etc. 

    Oh, and if you like the Mechanism, don’t even consider paying Oakley’s asking price for it. You can get them from other sellers for $90-$120.

  • Brushpopper

    I am always amazed at all the gear in the background, super envious!  Gonna build me a gear room one day. Great episode good info. I’m looking at getting a bravo concealment holster, glad you’ll have some input on them soon.

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