The Art of Rebellion – LBT Multicam Tropic 8000A Review
I spotted good friend over at Allied Risk Equipment letting go of some gears surplus to requirement, including this little gem, London Bridge Trading’ 8000A Pack.
Naturally, not only did he part out with it at an exceptionally good price, it is to all intents and purposes brand new.
Promptly shipped, it landed on my mat today with today’s post and it is upon inspection is as every bit as good as I expected.
Featuring the ubiquitous LBT Lion proudly on the side, this model of the 8000A is made from genuine high quality Multicam ‘Tropic’ pattern Cordura.
Whilst, I’m by no means adverse to the Multicam ‘Tropic’ Pantone’s, it’s a color way or rather camouflage I’ve optioned in favor of the defiantly populist and still highly effective original Multicam.
I recall initial footage of Tropic used in its intended AO, and was somewhat dismayed that, when put up against Multicam how much of silhouette it generated, but – I can concur, it performs superbly in low light, early dusk and dawn …
What drew my attention to this, was aside from having a bag for everyday load bearing of kit to and from work, naturally confident in LBT’s solid reputation for making good gear that lasts and stands up to use and abuse, and it’s uniquely alternative pattern – but that it is in the form of the traditional ‘school’ back pack style.
Pack Specifications and Features
• Large main compartment with tablet/laptop storage area on the back
• Medium sized exterior compartment
• Mesh storage area on exterior with draw string closure and loop for placement of morale patch
• Compartments secured with two (2) zippers with paracord pull tabs
• Adjustable padded shoulder straps with adjustable sternum strap
• Drain grommet on bottom of bag
• Carry Handle
• Overall dimensions approx: 14L x 8W x 16H
◦ Front pocket dimensions: 11.5H x 9W x 2.5D
A hark back to my old skate board days !!!
It features the classic oversized main bucket, however – LBT have opted to include a divider to allow separation of carried items, I’d imagine I’d keep soft goods, such as a soft shell, gloves and hat here, and my obligatory stash of coffee making equipment in the front facing side. Simply put, that’ll keep the clothing warm and dry and away from being soiled by my Coffee Press, Java Mill etc …
As you can clearly see, fitting in a jacket alongside a Jet Boil, Nagalene 1 LIt bottle and more, despite the diminutive stature of this day sack, is no problem, in fact it’s deceptively voluminous and has room for more.
It has a front facing pocket, again – a feature classic to this ‘school bag’ pack. Giving a little bit more carry space, and room to organize is no bad thing.
Last but not least, the front cargo pocket has a mesh kangaroo pouch, which a Velcro placement point, perfect for your latest morale patch, flag or call sign or IR identification.
This can be locked off, using the bungee drawing string and popper – great for short interim storage of keys, torches or glasses or even to dry and air out damp gloves …
Whilst the bag has no padded back, the shoulder straps are, and as I can attest upon loading up with a considerable amount of goods from the grocery store, it’s makes for a comfortable wear.
YKK zippers and zips used throughout, making it overall a little more than reassuringly standard, but a solid robust day sack.
Likewise, ITW furniture is used throughout.
Last but no least, it has the obligatory carry handle, here in MulticamCordura.
Here you can see it fully loaded, without breaking a sweat. It’s simplicity and brutal functionality over form makes it welcome addition to the gear locker, aside from the camouflage, it’s more otherwise sedate appearance harkens back to a simpler time.
The only adjustment I’ve made, as I traditionally do, is heat shrink the pull tabs !!!
However, undoubtedly, under the hood, with mil-spec stitching and construction throughout, I’m expecting a considerably longer lifespan to this day sack than the short lived packs that lasted barely a term during my college days – S23
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