If you’re looking for reviews of the best tactical backpacks that also double as a good laptop carrier then this article is written for you.
In one of our previous articles we talked about leather laptop carrying bags and just a few weeks before that we was talking about backpacking/hiking for fitness which got me thinking that many of you might be looking for those types of backpacks to carry your laptops, which is why I decided to put this article together for you.
There are a lot of different components and gadgets with these backpacks so I won’t be able to contrast and compare every single item that is on each backpack but I will go over the main things I look for in a good tactical backpack like quality, comfort, compartment storage, durability and looks also do play a factor but not a major one.
We’ll kick things off with my top pick, then my second, third and so on in that order.
3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Backpack
- Great Amount Of Big & Small Zippered Storage Compartments
- Great Internal & External Organization Availability
- Cushioned Backpack Straps
- Hydration Compatible
- Available In Multiple Color Options
The 3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Backpack won me over for a multitude of reasons.
Storage, ease of use and comfort were some main standouts here that really pushed this backpack to the top for me.
This backpack has a a great amount of storage available for smaller items like a gps, phone, camera to bigger items like of course a laptop, food and other survival gear.
Any backpack can have storage so whats the big deal about this one? Well, not only is the storage space there but it is also very organized compartments to where you can go right to the items you need instead of reaching into one big cluster fishing until you feel the item you’re looking for.
I like that 3V Gear focused not only on the major areas like storage but they took care of the little things like making sure the zippered areas are durable and operate smoothly.
Everything could be perfect on a backpack but if the carrying straps are uncomfortable when I wear it then everything else doesn’t matter, most backpack manufacturers realize this so you rarely see any issues here. I will say it though just so you guys don’t have to guess here, the shoulder carrying straps are cushioned and feel great even when heavily packed.
It passes the durability tests with zero issues, I put this thing through hell (on purpose) and have yet to find anything that broken on it.
In terms of looks it has a solid military/tactical type of design to it.
There is a velcro area on the outer top part of the bag which allows for you to personalize the bag with your own type of patches.
They do give you some options color wise to choose from with the black,grey,olive, and coyote (my favorite).
Overall I feel very confident recommending this backpack to you guys.
5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Back Pack
- Tactical Backpack Without The Overly ‘Tactical’ Look
- 16 Storage Compartment Areas (Multiple Sizes)
- Multi-Purpose Use
- Has A Hydration Pocket
- Comfortable Straps & Durable Material
The 5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Back Pack has a lot in common with the first backpack which is probably why it was so hard for me to choose which of these was my overall winner.
Tactical wise it has tons of organized compartment availability for most people with the durability of whats expected from a tactical backpack.
5.11 Tactical is a very reputable brand that has always showed to me that it takes pride in it’s products so I was expecting a great backpack from the get go.
What I really like about this backpack is the look of it. The Rush 12 Back Pack has all of the compartments, durability and features that you expect from a tactical backpack but it doesn’t have the bulky look that you see from most.
I have used this backpack in class, work and no one really noticed it stand out aside from one or two “your backpack has a lot of pockets” type of comments. If I was to bring most tactical backpacks to class I would be looked at like I was either going to war or prepare a camp site.
Basically what I’m getting at is this backpack is truly a multi-purpose bag, you don’t have to dig it out then throw it back in your closet just for hiking trips for example, unless you just want to.
Getting past the looks you get a great backpack that feels great, very durable, has multi-purpose uses and is made from one of the most respected brands in the industry.
Fieldline Alpha OPS Daypack
- Very Large Main Storage Compartment
- Comfortable Carrying Straps
- Hydration Available
- Organized Secondary Compartment Layout
- Comes in Black, Camo & Coyote
The Fieldline Alpha OPS Daypack gives a slight resemblance to the rush 12 that we just mentioned above.
This was my first FieldLine backpack and they started our ‘relationship’ off good as a customer. I’m one of those if it seems to good to be true then it must be type of guys so I was somewhat skeptical to see this backpack priced as low as it was.
Never the less I had to pull the trigger on it and I’m glad I did. This backpack has been great in all of the for-mentioned areas that I really based my judgement on.
The only area I was disappointed in is that I couldn’t fit my 17″ laptop in the main compartment area, I might of been able to force it in but doing that every time I used it would’ve surely caused damage to the backpack over the course of doing that.
Other than that I haven’t had any issues with this backpack and I look forward to trying out more Fieldline gear in the future.
SOG Barrage Tactical Internal Frame Pack Backpack
- Hydration Compatible
- Internal Aluminum Stay Frame
- Large Zippered Size Pocket On Each Side
- Side Compression Straps
- 100% Polyester
The SOG Barrage Tactical Backpack brings some unique features that we haven’t seen on any other backpacks on our list.
To start you get the internal frame which is exactly as you think it’s just a frame inside the bag that holds the bags overall shape to it even when nothing is in it. The frame is removable which I do if I need all the room I can get.
Next we have the compression straps on the side which helps with overall back/carrying support. After that you see a lot of the common features with the other backpacks like the organized pockets, velcro patch areas and spacey main storage compartments.
Where this backpack really stands out is the side zipper compartments. Most backpacks have plenty of great storage areas but you usually have to take off the backpack to reach them. These side compartments make it very easy to leave the backpack on and still reach into them to get what I need, this is a major thumbs up by me.
No issues quality wise however I haven’t had this bag for to long so I’ll update this if any issues do arise.
Red Rock Outdoor Gear Navigator Laptop Bag
- Padded Internal Area For Your Laptop
- Twelve Storage Compartments And Dividers
- Two Contoured Backpack Shoulder Straps With Zippered Back
- Can Hold Up To A 17″ Laptop
- Comes in 4 Total Colors
The Red Rock Outdoor Gear Navigator Laptop Bag is truly the first backpack on our list that actually looks the part of a true laptop bag.
This backpack definitely has a unique look to it with a suitcase type of look and also backpack straps.
My favorite feature of this bag is the padded area for the laptop. When you have a $1000+ laptop every little bit helps, I see this sorta like how we buy cases for our smartphones.
Moving away from the laptop aspect this can be used just as well if you don’t want to put a laptop in it. You could store textbooks, notebooks or w.e you can think of.
Overall if you truly want a bag that’s main focus is carrying your laptop but you still like to have the backpack as an option then this bag is right up your alley.
How To Pick A Good Quality Tactical Backpack
One of the ways I determine quality is not by focusing on the major points of the bag, manufactures know these are going to be most touched/looked at areas so they always tend to make sure those main areas are highest of quality.
If you really want to find a good backpack then look closely at the areas that most people overlook like how good do the zippers work or do the straps feel cheap?
This has served me well for evaluating not only backpacks but a lot of stuff that I buy, if a manufacturer is going to spend the time making sure the smaller parts of an item are of good quality then its a good sign the item as a whole is a winner.
This isn’t a full proof evaluating tip so do your due diligence before you leap into any purchase.
I hope this review helped some of you pick out a good tactical backpack, if so I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on whichever one you did decide on.
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