Man-PACK Conceal Sling Bag

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At the Great American Outdoor Show, I came across Man-Pack. I am a recovering sucker of things in Multicam so their new Stalker series pack stood out for me. The Stalker series is only in Multicam, but their Classic line comes in solid colors like Black, OD and Brown depending on the model. The classic line are made of a heavy duty canvas material whereas the Stalker series is made of 600D rip stop Nylon and has a DWR treatment as well as water resistant main compartment zipper. The Stalker only weighs 1.8 lbs.The Stalker has a small flap of Nylon that covers up the zipper, while the regular Man-Pack has a large flap that covers the top 1/4 of the bag.

As you can see it is a sling bag. The design does not scream “tactical operator”. Although there is a small panel of elastic molle webbing, it is at the bottom of the sling and the bag doesn’t have velcro. The bag is padded for electronics like tablets and laptops. It has a few small to medium sized pockets inside and a magnetic enclosure pocket on the outside. There is a full size compartment in the back that can be used for tablets or conceal carry.

Here are the details on the Man-Pack Stalker 2.0.

 

  • Made from 600D Ripstop for superior durability and water resistance
  • Waterproof treatment
  • Waterproof main compartment zipper.
  • Large padded main compartment for 8″x11″ files, iPads, Kindles, and small laptop PCs (2.0 XL fits full size laptops)
  • Adjustable chest strap with quick-release clasp and utility pocket
  • Two exterior utility pockets, including pen/pencil slots
  • Four interior utility pockets for wallet, business cards, pocket change, etc
  • Collapsible beverage pocket
  • Strap mounted MOLLE system
  • Neoprene lined back pocket for tablet PC or concealed carry firearms
  • Padded shoulder strap on 2.0 XL

MSRP: $69.95-$79.95 for the Stalker and $59.95-$79.95 depending on the pack you buy.

 

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I like the use of white zippers for the interior. I find it helps to see them even in low lighting conditions.

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Here is a view of the bottom of the Stalker and the CCW compartment.

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Due to the method of carry and presentation of the firearm, you can use a bullet proof insert made by Hardwire and put it inside the Man-Pack. The inserts are NIJ Level IIIA rated. So they can stop most handgun calibers. 9mm to .44 magnum. Even some shotgun rounds according to the video below.

 

I purchased one at the GAOS and dumped all my swag and catalogs in it along with my Nikon D3300 DSLR and extra lens. I used the water bottle pouch for my Hydroflask bottle. It handled the weight very well. I purchased it really for the sole purpose as a Laptop bag. And it fits my full size laptop perfectly.

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I do have a few critiques on the Stalker pack. First of all, the Molle webbing is elastic and not standard spacing. You can see in the picture below I put the Stalker next to a Molle leg panel to show how far off the molle spacing is. However because the webbing is elastic, the molle rows are more forgiving when mounting a molle compatible pouch.

Another issue is that the nylon components are black like the edges of the strap, buckles and nylon webbing. It clashes with the multicam pattern but it does helps make the bag less tactical.

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The material they use is lighter and has a tint of yellow in it. Here is a pic of my Blue Force Gear pouch next to the Stalker. You can see how much darker the BFG pouch is.

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In the video above, the guy says that there is molle webbing in the CCW compartment. This is not accurate. There is a 2 inch wide black nylon strap sewn into the compartment.  You can use it to mount holsters but it is definitely not Molle webbing. I would have preferrred that compartment to be lined with velcro so you can use velcro holsters like the Maxpedition CCW holster or the VertX Tactigami line.

I am dubious about the magnetic enclosure for the outside pocket. It does not seem sturdy enough if you overload the pocket.

One thing else about the Man-Pack, is that there is no carry handle at the top. It would be nice if there was a handle for you to hold onto when the pack is not on your shoulder.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Bruce

    Hi-vis yellow interior would be nice. White zippers are great, but if you’re going to the make the inside of the bag a different color anyway….

  • gunslinger

    murse… with tactical pink camo. yup!

  • Pete Sheppard

    Good for them! For casual street carry, a solid color is best, IMO.

    • Nicks87

      Yep I agree, a multi-cam man purse just screams I have a concealed weapon. Being a relatively young male with a short haircut and earth tone clothing doesn’t help either.

      • Pete Sheppard

        Or simply makes a person noticeable. Military camo in an urban setting does not camouflage; it makes you stand out!

        • Nicks87

          Very true, no better way to attract the attention of the police and others than by wearing your favorite item of ACU, BDU, ATACS or Multicam (etc.) clothing in an urban environment.

          • Pete Sheppard

            😀 Actually, I wear surplus clothing quite a bit, as work-wear. Milsurp clothes are (usually) comfortable and functional and tough.

        • billyoblivion

          Yeah, because civilians haven’t been buying and wearing camouflage clothing since the mid 1970s.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Looks alright but definitely but for a carbine go-bag and IFAK. I need a small bag that forces me to keep the items limited, give me space and I’ll fill it. Then its 20lbs and entirely opposite of what I intended to have.

    • Ethan

      Happens to me every time. I read somewhere that Humans are like goldfish – we will keep expanding our crap to fill the size of our container.

  • lucusloc

    Only issue I have with this: there is no such thing as off body carry. If you stuff a pistol in this you need to treat it like a belt or fanny pack; it does not leave your body for any reason. We have had too many accidents and tragedies in the gun community steaming from people carrying in bags and not maintaining control for this not to become a meme, repeated on every post on concealed carry bags.

    • Ethan

      I was about to post something similar… off body carry is working so well for women we thought we’d let guys get in on the potential tragedy too.

      I really like the bad – and it has a lot of utility, but I doubt very seriously I would ever put a chambered pistol in there.

      • lucusloc

        Bag carry is not really the issue, it is treating a carry bag like any other bag that is the issue. If you have a gun in there it is a holster, and like any holster, should never leave your absolute control. This is a mindset and training issue, as well as a “know thyself” issue. If you cannot count on yourself to that the bag like a holster and not a bag, you should probably explore other methods of carry that are less risky to you.

        • M.M.D.C.

          I agree. But I would go further and consider it a loosely fitting holster; one that would allow someone to get fiddly with it without my knowledge more than they could a hip holster.

          Knowing myself (forgetful), I would have to rule this method out for myself.

        • Ethan

          Agreed. Though a little more accessible to the average pair of hands, almost all things can be cured with enough training.

  • Vitsaus

    Putting “man” in the name doesn’t change its status as a purse aimed at men. After the recent story about a woman carrying a gun in her purse and being shot by her own kid, I don’t see how a man carrying a gun in his purse would be any better. If Bruce Jenner had a carry license he might like this thing.

  • iksnilol

    These purse contraptions aren’t a bad idea. I know the smaller business style (out of leather) are popular in my homeland for conceal carry. Especially useful during the summer (40 degrees Celsius).

  • DoctorTran37

    I’ll stick to my Maxpedition EDC.

  • West

    I like how the guy looks around after he shoots like, “Hope nobody saw that” and walks off.

  • Alex

    Where’s the compartmemt for the armour plate? I guess the camo would make you invisible as long as the natural environment you’re operating in depicts the same pattern. But would it not be cool if there was a forearm strap for you to hold it out in front of you gladiator-style while rushing your assailant? I saw a similar product recently, it was a conceal carry baby carrier. that might be better because no way anyone would suspect that the baby that’s strapped to you is also is strapped. Would the baby need a CCW license since it’s on their person? I’m not cool though with using babies as human shields in a tactical situation. Some discretion would be needed there.

    • Chris

      The compartment for the plate is the same compartment they use for using concealed carry. It’s located on the back of the bag with a zipper on the bottom.

      • Nicholas Chen

        I would actually put the plate in the main compartment. Allowing more room for the handgun.

  • Chris

    The plain black ones are nice. I found that camo sticks out like a sore thumb. I use mine for carrying a small laptop and other tiny accessories (power adapter, hard drives, etc) to work, and the occasional water bottle during hot summer commutes. It easily swivels around to the front without taking it off for secure holding while sitting on a subway or bus. When walking, the weight sits at the small of my back, making carrying any weight significantly more comfortable than the higher up (and quite frankly crappy) position on my back like my maxpedition sitka, which seems to be bigger overall, but holds less while being heavier and more uncomfortable. I used the Sitka on a couple of small trips and found maxpedition’s product to look neater than it is to use. Disappointed with it and the crappy stabilizer strap it has, and because of poor carry weight placement on the back, quite frankly needs.

    Since the man pack is not garishly covered with molle and needless “retaining straps”, it also doesn’t look like I’m trying to be a mall ninja, mountain hiker, or urban operator while walking to an office downtown. The manpack isn’t made of 1000d cordura, It won’t take the same abuse as a maxpedition, but it’s also significantly lighter.

    The front phone cell phone pocket, however, is too small for anything but earlier generation iPhones and it doesn’t securely stay closed. The same with the small pocket on the back – it’s a fairly weak magnetic closure only. I use the back snap pocket for keeping a small granola bar or other snack so if it opens and it’s lost, no big deal. The pen holder pockets on the back are also too big.

    Other than that, I love mine as a daily commuter. A couple of people call these “man purses”, but IMO, Maxpedition gear looks like it’s trying to hard if you’re not on hiking on a trail. For those of us not wearing camo and wool caps when we go to work, the man-pack in a solid color looks a lot more grown up.

    • Nicholas Chen

      The Manpack 2.0 stalker that I got has a larger front pocket. It can fit an iPhone 6. It fits my iPhone 5 with Lifeproof case.

  • Dylan Ampa

    All these complaints about the camo pattern and yet not a single person has acknowledged that the Stalker line was intended for outdoor uses, such as hunting, fishing, camping, etc. The camo pattern is the Scorpion pattern that the US Military is switching to this year. If you don’t like the camo pattern, the bags do come in other solid colors, as either the writer of this article of a commenter said. The black color has been, by far, the most popular color of the bags.

    Man-PACK has three different sizes available so if the XL size (which is the largest size) scares you, get a smaller size. There’s been enough complaints that the XL size isn’t big enough to the point that Man-PACK is looking into making the next size up from the XL.

    And for those who are poking fun at the bag, saying it’s a girly accessory for men? You’re missing the part where these bags are used by some military and police forces.

  • Harold

    Hang this on a white guy with pleasant haircut and “I’m on alert under the radar” look and good posture = gun