MONCh Gear Box Product Review
A tactical backpack can assist an experienced user with convenience for an easy quest. With the extensive range of tactical backpacks available on the market today, Kroko Tactical‘s M-1045 backpack really stands out, being well divided yet not too overburdened by pockets and features.
The M-1045 has great features, being assembled with vigour, genuine Cordura 500D in the ripstop weave, coated and treated with DWR finish, making it dustproof and water-repellent. YKK zippers make it secure and sturdy, and the backpack has a capacity of total 45l at 37x75x21cm, weighing 3.9kg empty.
The M-1045 features a front loader clamshell for easy access to stowed gear. The full clamshell opening provides excellent and easy access to everything inside, as well as access to all the gear one shoves in there along the way. The main compartment includes one large mesh zipper pouch.
There’s a bottom zipper that also provides easy access to gear stowed further down, so one does not have to open the whole bag.
It features built-in ITW-North America Nexus GhilleTex buckles, some of the highest quality military-spec plastic hardware on the market, making it light, quieter and pass through a metal detector, while the GhillieTex technology produces a very low infra-red signature, meaning they do not stand out when viewed through IR vision (not tested by us yet, as we did not have night vision kit handy).
The sternum strap distributes weight evenly throughout the upper body to avoid the weight to be focused at a point, helping to lock the bag weight in position, while the adjustable hip belt, which Kroko Tactical calls WDA (Weight Distribution Adapter, part of Kroko’s weight distribution system), transfers the extra weight towards the hips. This releases the stress from your back, shoulder, neck and spine.
Adjustable waist straps make the backpack adaptable for taller people. Designed with three MOLLE rows, the WDA securely sits on the bottom of the pack until you choose to disconnect it. The WDA keeps the tactical backpack attached on position while moving roughly. Spine reinforcement features an anatomically shaped back plate and two aluminium reinforcement bars on each side.
The shoulder straps are very thick to ensure the user’s comfort even when the bag is very heavy and full of gear. The front of the straps is well-matched for horizontal clip-ons, straps, D-Rings and weight distribution straps. The shoulder straps are also modifiable, and the right shoulder strap comes with an ingenious quick release feature that can be instantly discharged in case of an emergency situation. I feared this would be triggered when in the field, which for two days it did not! At the end of this article there’s a short video demontrating this.
It has a foam back panel, with four cushion spots, to allow airflow, lined with S-SKIN fabric. This feature keeps skin cool even though the bag is in contact with the skin. The cushioning consists of three different thicknesses and densities of cross-linked Alveolen foam, a physically crosslinked PO foam, for ultimate comfort. These pads run down each side of the bag large enough to create a ventilation channel for air flow.
S-SKIN moves the way you move, 4-way stretch fabric will not be your burden in any axis; instead it will follow wherever you go recover back to its original form. By adding more or less Spandex fibre into the fabric yarn, we can control the elasticity and therefore the movement and stretch property of the fabric.
Surface treated with durable water repellent finish, S-SKIN absorbs less sweat and moisture than mesh-type outer liners, dries quickly and is much more comfortable, especially if used for concealment products that are worn directly under clothing.
The M-1045 also features reinforcement aluminium bars in the back, making it a very sturdy backpack.
The front compartment has a water resistant zipper and a water resistant interior and through the two side zippers (left and right) one can access another compartment that can be accessed from either side.
It furthermore features a removable rain/dust cover (100% polyamide), stowed in a secret waterproof compartment on bottom of pack, opening towards the hip-belt via waterproof zipper and a field repair kit that includes various belts and buckles (an extra quick release buckles is in here as well).
While using this backpack, I did not have one single complaint. It is a merge of all expectations I ever had. This amazing tactical backpack can be used for three days, assisting you for 72 hours.
As I unsuccessfully tried to destroy this bag, I found one miss, though. If you are using a backpack for a longer mission, you must make sure it has a split section intended for water and food, in order to protect documents and equipment if it spills. I found that on this backpack there is no separate section for the water-bladder, even though the main compartment features the tube outlet. I had to carry the bladder with all my other gear, hoping it would not break. The tube outlet can also be used for whatever cable management you need…or both, as it has this outlet on either side.
It is undoubtedly one of the best military tactical backpacks out there. Regardless of where you are going or whatever operation you intend to do, the M-1045 backpack will be the best companion by carrying all your essentials throughout the journey. MONCh Gear Box approved!
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