The Packable Back pack by Propper is an oddity. It falls into an area that doesn’t fit tactical gear or normal backpack. It has a niche that it fills though, it has plenty of use for either daily carrying or something you bring along with you on a vacation or for small trips around town.
The bag is made out of a Ripstop Nylon that is then coated for water resistance. Rip Stop Nylon is a perfect utility fabric to use across a variety of projects. Made of 100% nylon, this woven and strong machine-washable fabric is tear- and abrasion-resistant and ripstop reinforcements are incorporated into heavier fabrics requiring extreme durability. Products requiring a strong lightweight fabric use ripstop such as those used in outdoor clothing, backpacks, flags, banners and protective clothing for firefighters and other workwear. It’s great for camping gear, camping tents and military uniforms or Nomex gloves.
It is extremely light and when it is packed in its built-in bag, it will slide in anywhere, when its unpacked the packable pouch is used as an internal pouch for small items. It has a main pouch that can store spare clothing, food, water and medical supplies. I would not suggest storing a firearm in this bag as it has minimal padding for weight saving and your firearm would print and be extremely obvious. There is a smaller pouch at the front that can be used to store snacks and smaller medical supplies.
I used this bag for five days straight going to and from work over my normal everyday carry backpack. This bag was able to hold my lunch, which consists of left overs or a salad in a medium Tupperware container, two bottles of water, a vegetable of some kind (usually carrots) and a starch such as popped popcorn or crackers of varying type, for this last week triscuits. I also had to bring along food for my service dog because my stock pile at work ran out. I was able to fit all of this in the main pouch, I kept my cellphone charger in the front pouch which made it very easy to access.
The shoulder straps are narrow but comfortable, unlike some day packs which have a small amount of weight to them, if you put on the Packable Backpack without anything in it, you forget it is there. When you do put your load out for the day into it, the weight all goes to the bottom, which for a day bag is not a huge issue. For me I wore it to my car, to my work building, and back to my car. I also wore it over the weekend while visiting my in-law, it worked well, we had some serious ran in the morning while I was walking my dogs and the jacket I had placed in there earlier was dry when we got back. While I wouldn’t go swimming with it on or stay too long in heavy rain, a few minutes of heavy rain or a day of light rain and your load out will remain dry.
The mesh pouches on the side have a really tight elastic which hold your water bottles in tight and unless pulled out, the pouches will hold on to it. The stitching is rather nice, it is stitched in a way that you really have to try and find them, which is what makes it so water resistant.
Now to the point of the bags name. The Packable Back pack can be folded into 8″H X 7″W X 1″D. As I stated earlier this bag can be put anywhere in your luggage. It can go into a side pouch on a duffle, a small pouch in a backpacking bag or anywhere you want to store it. When it is unfolded it is 18″H X 11″W X 5″D, which makes for a decent sized day pack. If you’re like me you hate paying baggage fees at airports so you might only bring one bag, but when you decide to head out and travel around your destination you might not have a bag to take with you. This bag will fill that niche so you can have two bags and you don’t have to pay extra baggage costs to your airline of choice.
This pack is ideal for stowing away inside your bag just in case you need a second pack for scavenging items. Coming across fruit laden trees, or finding useful items while you’re out hiking, camping or hunting would go into this bag if you want to keep your kit separated. Sometimes keeping a larger bag at a campground with friends and family while you use the Propper packable for a hike down to a stream or a short-hike up the hills for a sight-seeing journey is recommended.
My final thoughts, while I had a hard time at first trying to figure out how to use this bag for its intended capacity, I decided that it would be a perfect travel companion if you are traveling out of state or into an area that you will be setting down for a time so you can wander but keep your necessities with you. With a cost of $29.99 it is reasonably priced for what you get and what it can do. If you feel that this bag might fit your needs then go ahead and get it.
- Durable lightweight micro ripstop nylon compresses easily
- Large main compartment provides storage for large items
- Two smaller side compartments provide additional organization
- Mesh bottle cage
- Water repellent finish
- 8″ H x 7″ W x 1″ D packed 18″ H x 11″ W x 5″ D unpacked
- 100% polyester micro ripstop with DWR
Overall Rating: 16/20