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I've had this bag for a few months now as my edc, and thought i'd pass along a review. The following are links to the maxped website for the items i've been using:

The Condor II
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=106&idcategory=12

rolly polly bag
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=228&idcategory=7

hydration bottle holder
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=574&idcategory=7

fak pouch
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=875&idcategory=7

6x9 padded pouch
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=1211&idcategory=7

tac-tile pocket, large
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=428&idcategory=7


Here are some quick photos of external and then contents to give you an idea of what it will hold:











Cat not included :rolleyes:

My scenario is that I work and live on opposite sides of a large metro area. This edc bag is darn near a bob, but if I were ever stranded away from my home while at work, it would probably take me 2-3 days to walk it (30 miles by interstate).

My concentrations are on defense, water, food, and (for winter now) clothing/warmth. Shelter is not directly dealt with here for a couple reasons: 1, I'm heading home through a big city. If I need to, I can crash in a storm drain or something. 2, I keep a tarp and 'tool kit' :thumb: in my vehicle as part of my truck bag. I can review that later if there is interest.

I'm providing photos of contents just to provide an idea of what the bag will hold as I intend this to be a review of the bag rather than a detailed list of my kit :)


As I said, I've had the bag for a few months now, and have settled on the kit (more or less, is it ever really done?) for which I intend to use it. As it stands now, with a full 3 liter reservoir of water, it weighs in at about 32 pounds. Pretty heavy for an edc? YOU BETCHA!

I've been on a couple 10 mile hikes through the foothills and mountains this winter, and the bag itself has held up well. I haven't dropped, dragged, or gotten it really wet, but the material is holding up. No problems with straps or buckles breaking or really even showing wear. No tears in the fabric (it feels pretty tough) or any problems with seams busting or stitching coming undone. You can see I have it stuffed pretty full, and with me climbing around in it, I think issues with stitching or fabric would show by now. I am pleased with the bag in these areas.

Comfort:
I'm really pushing the intended weight limit with this bag I think. If I were to give a recommended weight for comfort it would be 20 pounds. The straps were really hurting my shoulders by the end of my 10 mile hikes. I think I can probably mod them with different pads to ease this problem. The bag itself seems to have no problem containing the weight I have stuffed it with. It rides high, and I think it would accommodate a butt-pack riding underneath it, but I don't have one to try. It stays in place with the waist and chest belts, and doesn't really rub me raw (I've been wearing a fleece jacket and t-shirt underneath). If I had to run in it, the weight would give me problems, but the bag wouldn't.

Aesthetics:
I love the foliage green. I originally ordered the od green, but sent it back because it was too day-glow and screamed ARMY. It blends well with my area of the country and doesn't stick out like a M4 in downtown. It's a nice, neat, clean, tight package and I like it.

Summary:
This is my third Maxped bag. I also own:

Kodiak Gearslinger (originally my edc, but the weight on a couple hikes with just the sling REALLY hurt, it's now my truck bag full o' kit)

http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=938&idcategory=2

Fliegerduffel Adventure Bag (this is my bob, never tried carrying it, but it holds all the stuff I think I'll need to relocate, hopefully in a vehicle :) )

http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=920&idcategory=13

(also several other pouches)

So far I've had no issues with quality or finish of any of these various bags. They are quite pricey, to be sure. But they have held up to my abuse and I imagine they will last me years to come. I definitely feel I push the intended limits of the bags, and they have held up. My only issue of concern is with the shoulder straps. If the Condor II had two straps of the thickness that the Kodiak had, I doubt I would be uncomfortable. Maxped does offer these for purchase:
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=211&idcategory=34

2 inch shoulder pads, but I'm not sure I can incorporate them as I believe they are intended for shoulder bags like the versipacks.

You can google the items to find lower prices than the maxped website offers, but I waited 6 weeks for my kodiak from a website that offered it for 50 bucks cheaper.

I've been satisfied overall!
 

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The Y Compression strap will take a pouch threaded on there pretty well. I have a 5x7x2 on mine and I tighten it down on top of my Gransfors Hatchet and Ka-Bar. Works great.
 

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Maxpedition Condor II

Thank you for the review COlongshot. The Maxpedition Condor II is one of my favorite day packs - overnight packs. Well, to be honest, I have not had the chance to take it on an over night trip yet, but it has gone with me on several short hiking trips. I'am planning around an 8 mile hiking / camping trip this summer. Chances are very good that the Condor II. Its eitehr going to be the Condor II or the Falcon Pygmy II that goes on the trip.

There is so much to like about this pack, its not even funny.

Here is a short video I put together about the Maxpedition Condor II.

 

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:)

i do love the pack. i'm thinking of retiring it to 'truck pack'. i'm wondering why i drag all the stuff in and out of the house with me when i can just carry a much smaller pack in and out. i ordered a sitka gearslinger for this purpose. will do a review when i receive it and have time.
 

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You can make your own rather easy. Or use neoprene shell carriers that slip over pack straps. You can put foam in under these and then sew em shut on both ends. These in the photo look like stiff nylon and you wouldn't want to use that, but it gives you an idea of what I'm referring too.




Or if you don't mind dropping $25, I hear these are nice. Domke US Post office shoulder pads.

 

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I love MaxP gear, I'm gonna be picking up a Vulture-II to use as my long term EOTW/BOB bag soon here.
 

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I've had this bag for a few months now as my edc, and thought i'd pass along a review. The following are links to the maxped website for the items i've been using:

The Condor II
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=106&idcategory=12

rolly polly bag
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=228&idcategory=7

hydration bottle holder
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=574&idcategory=7

fak pouch
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=875&idcategory=7

6x9 padded pouch
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=1211&idcategory=7

tac-tile pocket, large
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=428&idcategory=7


Here are some quick photos of external and then contents to give you an idea of what it will hold:











Cat not included :rolleyes:

My scenario is that I work and live on opposite sides of a large metro area. This edc bag is darn near a bob, but if I were ever stranded away from my home while at work, it would probably take me 2-3 days to walk it (30 miles by interstate).

My concentrations are on defense, water, food, and (for winter now) clothing/warmth. Shelter is not directly dealt with here for a couple reasons: 1, I'm heading home through a big city. If I need to, I can crash in a storm drain or something. 2, I keep a tarp and 'tool kit' :thumb: in my vehicle as part of my truck bag. I can review that later if there is interest.

I'm providing photos of contents just to provide an idea of what the bag will hold as I intend this to be a review of the bag rather than a detailed list of my kit :)


As I said, I've had the bag for a few months now, and have settled on the kit (more or less, is it ever really done?) for which I intend to use it. As it stands now, with a full 3 liter reservoir of water, it weighs in at about 32 pounds. Pretty heavy for an edc? YOU BETCHA!

I've been on a couple 10 mile hikes through the foothills and mountains this winter, and the bag itself has held up well. I haven't dropped, dragged, or gotten it really wet, but the material is holding up. No problems with straps or buckles breaking or really even showing wear. No tears in the fabric (it feels pretty tough) or any problems with seams busting or stitching coming undone. You can see I have it stuffed pretty full, and with me climbing around in it, I think issues with stitching or fabric would show by now. I am pleased with the bag in these areas.

Comfort:
I'm really pushing the intended weight limit with this bag I think. If I were to give a recommended weight for comfort it would be 20 pounds. The straps were really hurting my shoulders by the end of my 10 mile hikes. I think I can probably mod them with different pads to ease this problem. The bag itself seems to have no problem containing the weight I have stuffed it with. It rides high, and I think it would accommodate a butt-pack riding underneath it, but I don't have one to try. It stays in place with the waist and chest belts, and doesn't really rub me raw (I've been wearing a fleece jacket and t-shirt underneath). If I had to run in it, the weight would give me problems, but the bag wouldn't.

Aesthetics:
I love the foliage green. I originally ordered the od green, but sent it back because it was too day-glow and screamed ARMY. It blends well with my area of the country and doesn't stick out like a M4 in downtown. It's a nice, neat, clean, tight package and I like it.

Summary:
This is my third Maxped bag. I also own:

Kodiak Gearslinger (originally my edc, but the weight on a couple hikes with just the sling REALLY hurt, it's now my truck bag full o' kit)

http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=938&idcategory=2

Fliegerduffel Adventure Bag (this is my bob, never tried carrying it, but it holds all the stuff I think I'll need to relocate, hopefully in a vehicle :) )

http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=920&idcategory=13

(also several other pouches)

So far I've had no issues with quality or finish of any of these various bags. They are quite pricey, to be sure. But they have held up to my abuse and I imagine they will last me years to come. I definitely feel I push the intended limits of the bags, and they have held up. My only issue of concern is with the shoulder straps. If the Condor II had two straps of the thickness that the Kodiak had, I doubt I would be uncomfortable. Maxped does offer these for purchase:
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=211&idcategory=34

2 inch shoulder pads, but I'm not sure I can incorporate them as I believe they are intended for shoulder bags like the versipacks.

You can google the items to find lower prices than the maxped website offers, but I waited 6 weeks for my kodiak from a website that offered it for 50 bucks cheaper.

I've been satisfied overall!
I never understood why lots of folks don't like army camo. Or olive drab. What's wrong with that?
 
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