Monsoon Gearslinger9.6/10 (Expert Score)
- 28 REVIEWS SHOULDER STRAP
- 16 REVIEWS WATER BOTTLE
- 17 REVIEWS EVERYDAY
- 15 REVIEWS MONSOON GEARSLINGER
- 16 REVIEWS MAIN COMPARTMENT
- 9 REVIEWS COMPRESSION STRAPS
- 15 REVIEWS CONCEALED CARRY
- 11 REVIEWS HIGH QUALITY
- 9 REVIEWS WATER BLADDER
- 19 REVIEWS WELL MADE
- 14 REVIEWS WAIST STRAP
- 7 REVIEWS MESH POCKET
- 46 REVIEWS GREAT BAG
- 8 REVIEWS BUG OUT BAG
- 5 REVIEWS CELL PHONE
- 4 REVIEWS FULLY LOADED
- 7 REVIEWS HEAVY DUTY
- 11 REVIEWS WANTED SOMETHING
- 17 REVIEWS RIGHT SHOULDER
- 19 REVIEWS EDC BAG
Top Positive Review
A tale of three Maxpeditions:
* Noatak (iL) – will carry an 11″ (discontinued) Mac Book Air, but just barely and only with the thinnest of sleeves. Used this for several years biking (Brompton) and commuter rail an hour into Boston. Includes a side water bottle pocket. Realistically this could be a great Tablet pack !!! Now that I have the Monsoon, this is a perfect Bicycling pack for a few miles ride, holds my Kryptonite U shaped lock and everything else I need.
* Sitka (15L) – I could not comfortably fit a standard 13″ laptop inside this and immediately returned it (and the side water holder add on). This pack, in terms of storage and organization, would have been the equivalent of simply doubling the size of my Noatak, so I really really wanted it to work. Tablet would very likely fit.
* Monsoon (16L) – I stayed away from this initially because the teardrop shape seemed odd, I was wrong…
+ I expect this will repel rain really well since it has no horizontal surfaces and no upward facing zippers.
= I read complaints about the narrow-at-the-top opening of the trapezoidal pockets. While that is a legitimate dislike… I found, with my “stuff”, that just experimenting with what fit where landed me in a perfectly good organization of things in the end. Internally I use a small number of zipper pouches. The Sitka would have supplied some of that with it’s more numerous compartments.
+ The closest-to-your-back zippered slot is intended for a water bladder, which is great if you need it, however that is a PERFECT place for a 13″ laptop ! ! !
+ Water bottle pocket on one side, Collapsible umbrella pocket on the other.
I’ve been watching Buy One Get One sales on the Maxpedition site for months, while that is theoretically a great deal they never have anything in stock so I’m glad Amazon was stocking this.
Top Critical Review
I bought this bag to use as a replacement for my daily-carry bag, but i’ve found it to be just okay. it holds a decent amount of stuff, but the most I ever packed into it was my small first aid kit, a Spec-Ops Pack-Rat, and one three ring binder and a camera. I usually hand-carried my additional binders and textbooks, as the teardrop shaped pouch couldn’t accommodate much more.
I ended up replacing this with a Thinkgeek Bag of holding for more traditional space.
This now gets relegated to specific roles such as ; a Bug-Out Bag in my car with emergency supplies and a change of clothes, or when I go hiking and just need some essentials such as water and snacks.
Customer Questions & Answers
how would it handle wearing it while riding a motorcycle to and from work?
I think it would be fine … and good.. i commute on a motorbike but i dont wear this bag for my daily commute. id say it would work well however because one of the good things with a sling bag is the potential to swing it around the front to access something. the main downside of this bag compared to other simpler sli??
How does it work for CCW?
Answer: i agree with another comment. they put the CCW zippered compartment on the wrong side. when you slide it around to access it, it is on the underside. if they made both sides off that compartment accessible, then it would work.
How well does this bag work if I were to go snow skiing with it?
Answer: I have never been snow skiing so i cant really give a pro opinion, however, i can tell you that this pack rides low on my back and sways alot with movement even with the waite strap on. I have not actually ran with it on. But ive been walking/hiking and it is cumbersom. I hope this helps
which one is a larger pack this one or the condor 2
Answer: Probably the Condor 2. The Monsoon is teardrop shaped so it doesn’t hold too much (barely fits three ring binders ) . I use mine for hiking , and as a daypack in my car filled with extra clothes and a small first aid kit.
Does it become tiring or inconvenient to wear it over an extended period of time? Or with a heavy load?
Answer: Any sling backpack will becoming tiring over the long run or if you carry a heavy load. Sling backpacks are not really designed to carry more than 10 or 15 lbs comfortably. I would suggest a traditional two-strap backpack. The sling backpacks are really more fashion than function.
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