I have always heard of the great reputation that Blue Force Gear had with their world-class equipment. However, I have had very little experience with any of their products other than slings. Upon receiving their Jedburgh Tactical Backpack and a few of the Dapper pouches I was immediately impressed. The build quality is exceptional as well as the practicality of the pack.
The Jedburgh Tactical Backpack is designed to be used in conjunction with the dapper accessory pouches which are also made by Blue Force Gear. Although the pack can be used solo, its features are greatly enhanced by the use of the dapper pouches. The main body of the pack is constructed of INVISTA solution dyed condura fabric, with the bottom of the back being a unique ULTRAcomp high performance laminate. The ULTRAComp Material is abrasion and water-resistant which will help protect the bag in contents from rough and/or wet ground. The two-inch wide padded shoulder straps are very comfortable and feel very similar to the padded Vickers Sling made by Blue Force Gear. There are no sternum or waste straps on this pack. I’m glad Blue Force Gear didn’t put those straps on this pack, as I feel they would just get in the way.
There are two slits on the top of the pack to allow for hydration, comm wires or headphones. The zippers on both the main compartment and the smaller outer compartment feel very solid and feature 550 cord zipper pulls. There is a small patch of loop material on the exterior of the pack above the smaller outer compartment. There are also two rows of MOLLE on the exterior of the smaller compartment, but it doesn’t look too “military” to the average onlooker.
The interior of the main compartment of the pack is lined with loop material for attaching the dapper pouches. The smaller compartment also features a field of loop material but only on the side closest to the main compartment. There are numerous dapper pouches that can be purchased separately to fit your exact needs. I have the admin pouch, the vertical utility pouch and the large utility pouch. The pouches of are the same quality as the bag and are a useful size. Even the interior of the pouched feature loop material for the addition of other compatible accessories.
Overall this is a great pack with great versatility thanks to the dapper pouch system. The Jedburgh Tactical Backpack is offered in black, coyote brown, OD green, wolf gray, and multi cam. It has an MSRP of $140. The dapper accessories range from $11.00 to $45.00. You can view all of the products at www.blueforcegear.com.
Author – Cameron Paidousis is a former Police Officer and is a current member in the Air National Guard where he serves in Security Forces. For his civilian job he works as security contractor for the U.S. Government. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family along with kayaking, hiking, and traveling.