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#1 jinx667

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:42 AM

Due to a recent (and somewhat questionable) uniform shift for my service, I needed a black backpack. And, out of all I have; did not have a black one.  This gave me an excuse to pick up a pack I have been eyeballing for a while.  I have the TAD EDC Fast Pack and it has been VERY well made and bombproof.  I got it used off ebay, and it lasted through Iraq and EDC for years.  I wanted to go with something smaller this round, so the Litespeed was the winner.At $240, it is not cheap... but actually on par price wise with some recent offerings by other manufacturers for USA made packs. The specs can be found on TADs website so I will not reprint them here.  I did not get a pic next to the EDC, but the Litespeed is noticeably narrower, but still has length.  This is good because it puts the waits belt around your waist, not your stomach like a lot of smaller assault size packs.Here is the porn and my observations:
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00670.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00670.jpg]" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> Here is the outside all buttoned up with the beaver tail in place. Nice and compact. There are strap keepers for the many straps on the pack. [/url]
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00671.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00671.jpg]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> Here is the back side with the waist belt attached. The belt is removable and the belt from the EDC or PS can be put on here as well. There is no frame sheet in this one, so the rigidity comes from the contents of the pack. [/url]
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00672.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00672.jpg]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> More webbing on the sides. No side pocket like on the EDC. You can see the pack compresses very nicely. [/url]
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00677.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00677.jpg]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> Velcro panel. Zipper leads to small admin pouch. [/url]
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00678.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00678.jpg]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> Close up of handle and hydration port [/url]
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00679.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00679.jpg]" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> Shoulder pads are lightly padded and covered in webbing. I would have liked to have seen horizontal webbing here, but this works as well. [/url]
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00673.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00673.jpg]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> The beaver tail is removable, exposing more webbing, and the pocket to carry long/awkward items strapped to the pack. [/url]
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00674.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00674.jpg]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> With a fleece and laptop inside. [/url]
<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/<img style="float: left;" src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/Posted Image" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="770" height="578" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />
[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00675.jpg]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[/url]<img src="/forum/3rd-line-gear/tad-litespeed-pic-heavy/[img]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />[url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/jinx667/DSC00675.jpg]" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" alt="" width="800" height="600" />" /> Inside holds a 15.4" MacBook Pro. I do not think a bigger laptop would fit well. Overall, this is built like a tank. It is not light weight, but not overly heavy. While the bigger pack is called the EDC, the Litespeed really seems like the better size for this task. I do anticipate that it will be bomber like the rest of the TAD packs, and I will update as time goes on.[/url]

Edited by mikejulietpapa, 28 September 2011 - 08:29 AM.

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#2 mikejulietpapa

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 08:06 AM

Thanks for the pics Jinx! I've never seen TAD bags in person but have heard good things. I've found myself veryattached to my GORUCK bags now that I've completed a Challenge. 1000D cordura, made in USA, and black.Good stuff man! I look forward to an update after you abuse the snot out of it!

Edited by mikejulietpapa, 28 September 2011 - 08:29 AM.


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Posted 28 September 2011 - 10:03 AM

Whats the uniform shift you speak of? Required to have a black backpack of some sort?
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#4 jinx667

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 12:19 PM

The Navy blue digital.  Black or Navy blue packs only.
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Posted 29 September 2011 - 02:08 PM

jinx667 said:

The Navy blue digital.  Black or Navy blue packs only.

 So does this also mean you have to replace your kit as well... that can be a PIA....

#6 jinx667

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 04:47 PM

No, there is no "kit" with that uniform.  We still deploy with a green or desert camo uniform depending on where we go.  The blue is for shipboard and stateside use.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:54 AM

The new NWU seem a little dumb to me. For deployments I don't know why they just didn't go with the MARPAT but put on Navy Tapes...saves money... But I guess every branch wants to feel special. We in the Army were extra special - we wanted a uniform that "stands out"... O_O Looks like a good pack though! Packs are expensive, so always good to buy one that is going to stick around for a while.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:54 AM

The new NWU seem a little dumb to me. For deployments I don't know why they just didn't go with the MARPAT but put on Navy Tapes...saves money... But I guess every branch wants to feel special. We in the Army were extra special - we wanted a uniform that "stands out"... O_O Looks like a good pack though! Packs are expensive, so always good to buy one that is going to stick around for a while.




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