Vulture II Pack Ratings

Build - 96%
Comfort - 94%
Organization - 92%



User Rating: 4.35 ( 5 votes)
Maxpedition Vulture II Tactical Backpack Review


  • Very rugged 1000D nylon, YKK zippers, and reinforced seams.
  • The rubberized bottom makes this pack extra tough and waterproof.
  • Well padded shoulder and waist straps.
  • The hydration compartment can take a 15" laptop .


  • Could take more inside organization
  • Plastic D-rings
  • The waist strap is not removable
  • The material and zippers need time to soften

After using the Vulture II pack for 4 years now, I can only say that this bag is, more than anything, a sturdy and long lasting one.

There are good things and some that don’t work for me that much, but, all in all, this is the kind of bag that I consider to be a very good investment, any given time or purpose.

Here are my pros:

  • this bag is very large, it’s capacity is 2810 cubic inches (some 46 liters). Enough to fit a lot of gear
  • it’s well constructed and rugged. It’s made of 1000D nylon and this makes it very strong. It has well made zippers
  • the Molle system is great
  • it has a rubberized bottom and top so it can take some rain, some snow and even be placed on the wet ground and still doesn’t get wet
  • it has hydration compartment (that can be used for a laptop when needed). I carried my 15” laptop with this bag
  • it’s lightweight and it looks nice
  • properly placed chest straps
  • good stitching
  • it can hold up to 35 pound loads
  • the straps are padded, long and comfortable
  • the compression straps make the carrying easier
  • the straps are adjustable (useful feature, since we're not all of the same weight/height)
  • the carry handle is helpful for moving the bag around
  • there are substantial flaps over the zippers (more protection for those)
  • the carry compartment is vented at both bottom corners

When it comes to the things I didn’t care much for... here are the cons I found:

  • even though it’s large, this bag lacks any internal organization pockets (you can use it to your own advantage, true. But sometimes I’m in a hurry and I would have liked more pockets, for instance)
  • the zippers are a little bit stiff at first, but they improve with time
  • it has plastic D rings- metal would have been better for obvious reasons
  • I also found the outer material to be a little bit abrasive on the skin in the beginning, but in time it got softer
  • there are no side pouches
  • there is no internal frame
  • it’s not for holding weapons, for sure (I’m a military and... I know)
  • the waist strap is not removable
  • there is no load bearing for the waist belt
  • I found the water bladder pocket to be rather small
  • the bladder hanger is also too small and difficult to use

I have used this in my military missions, but also when hiking or when motorcycling for two weeks in Europe. I have found a way to use its downsides to my own advantage, and I would recommend this to any of my friends.

The bag might seem pricey, but, since it is very long lasting, I consider it to be a very good investment.