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.