Review: Vanquest’s Smaller CCW Bags

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At Big 3 East, last month, the guys at Vanquest showed off their newest bags. These did not exist when they were at Big 3 East last March.

Here is the Falconer backpack. There is a front compartment that can hold a large pistol, like the MKE MP5K clone.

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The Falconer’s main compartment is loop velcro lined for attaching pouches for organization. The pouches are using their new MohlAir adapter which converts molle to velcro. You can attach any molle pouch to this adapter and then attach it to the velcro in the bag. The MohlAir is a light weight sheet that has quiet loop on one side and hook on the other.

The entire system is only 0.7 ounce (20 gram) that includes 1x main panel (5.5″x7″) and 6x Hook-&-Loop anchors (1″x3″ each) for you to convert any MOLLE/PALS pouches into Hook-&-Loop attachments.

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I got their new Ibex 20, a smaller version of their Ibex 30 backpack. I was particularly interested in how it could hold large pistols. As you can see below, it fits my CZ Scorpion Evo3 and accessories nicely.

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The black compression straps came from my Vanquest Rackit 36 rifle bag. The inside of the Ibex 20 is lined with loop velcro so you can attach various accessories and organize the interior.

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Measured at 19″ (H) x 11” top / 8” bottom (W) x 5” top / 6” bottom (D), IBEX-20L is THE ultimate 20-liter multi-role backpack that “fillets-open” and gives you lightning-fast access to your gear. A continuous YKK #10 zipper opening gives you 270-degree top-to-bottom & front-to-back access to the foam-padded main compartment. Simple pull it open and you will have a full view of all gear laying right in front of you.

Delivered in a low profile package which blends into urban environments with an infinitely user-configurable main compartment, IBEX is both versatile and comfortable. Hook-and-loop panels line the inside of the foam-padded main compartment on all four walls allowing any configuration you may need.

Side compression straps adjust the width/thickness of the IBEX when needed, and prevent unintentional opening of the main compartment. Lockable YKK zippers provide additional security to your gear stored inside. Three built-in grab handles (one top, two sides) let you carry the IBEX in all three directions.

Like all Vanquest products, IBEX is made with ultra-durable 1000-D Cordura nylon (500-D Cordura on MultiCam-Black), treated with water-repellent DuPont® Teflon for easy cleaning. Its construction means the IBEX-20 is up to any task in the field, and will be ready each time you need it.

IBEX’s ergonomic & shock-absorbing shoulder straps come with load-lifters. Padded back with breathable mesh, adjustable sternum strap with an emergency side-release whistle, and a removable & height-adjustable waist belt further ensure the IBEX fits perfectly on you and let you carry heavy loads with comfort. The front panel features a hook-and-loop field with a shock-cord web to secure more of your gear on the outside. The face of the bag has been streamlined for a less tactical look.

Dual side pockets with YKK #8 zippers are ideal for hydration and radio storage. Each side pocket has an internal window opening for routing hydration hose or wire into the main compartment then exit to the main hose/wire port on the top backside of the IBEX. One-inch paracord loops for equipment suspension inside the side pockets are provided. MOLLE/PALS panels are found on the outside of the side pockets and on the bottom of the pack for additional attachment and expansion.

The shoulder strap can be used to swing the IBEX-20 to your front, and give you instant access to both the side or main compartment like our world-renowned VSlinger™ slingpacks.

 

The Ibex 20 retails for $164.99. It is available in three colors. Wolf Gray, Coyote Tan/Multicam, and Black/Multicam Black. The camo colors are accents on the side pockets. They do not have complete camo versions of the Ibex 20. The larger Ibex 30 does come in premium colors and those are 100% camouflaged.

 

The third bag they unveiled was the Skitch 12. Like the Ibex 20, the Skitch 12 is a smaller version of the Skitch 15. The Skitch 12 is a messenger bag, and like its bigger brother, it is a roll top case. At its smallest configuration, the Skitch 12 is a 14 liter messenger bag.

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The Skitch 12 flap can be configured to hold 16 liters in the medium configuration.

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At the largest configuration the Skitch 12 has a 23 liter capacity.

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As a CCW bag, it works like any other messenger bag.

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It just barely contains the Scorpion Evo 3 but I have to use 20 rd magazines. 30 rd magazines will not fit in the bag unless I opt for the larger carrying modes of the bag.

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With a large pistol, like the Scorpion, the weapon sits oddly in the bag and shifts the bag a bit. You can see this in the video below.

 

The Skitch-12 works for CCW and depending on what you carry with it, it can be quick to access. Obviously concealing a large pistol, like the Scorpion, is not ideal for quick access. Negotiating the large pistol out of the bag takes a little bit of manipulation. It does work well if you want to use it as a gun/range bag to transport the firearm.

The Skitch-12 retails for $129.99. They are available in wolf gray, coyote tan, and black.



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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  • JumpIf NotZero

    Heh, that backpack is 100% an Arcteryx Khard ripoff. I really hate ripoffs

    • Nicholas Chen

      While similar it is different. Arcteryx doesn’t make one this small. There are many instances of “ripoffs” even in the firearm industry. Pretty much every 1911, AR-15, AK out in the market is a ripoff.

    • Hyok Kim

      1903A3, Swedish Mausers, Arisakas, Walther P38, Lugers, HK P9S, all ripoffs.

      • Sarig

        Several of those were made under licence.

        • Hyok Kim

          Yep, I am aware of it. Here by ripoff, we mean basically a copy, whether licensed or not. Btw. 1903 were not a licensed copy. US government had to pay a fine to Mauser later.

  • Bob

    If the price could be at the 100 dollar or less mark it would sell like candy. I understand it has great features to be able to store a firearm and related accessories but I can spend much less on a decent backpack that I could modify slightly to stores accessories etc into. I like that they kept it less tactical looking. I wonder how well it fit a folding brace setup with the scorpion. I may try getting a folder for the shockwave brace.

    • Steve

      It would sell like candy until people realize many states’ concealed handgun license law doesn’t extend to SBRs. Being the first person prosecuted for that due to sheer ignorance would be a hard pill to swallow…

      • Bill

        I don’t know – theoretically that would make it illegal to put ANY Class III weapon into ANY case.

        • Josh

          Why, because their gun is too big and scary?

      • Jwedel1231

        From OP: “folding brace setup”. That is still a pistol.

  • Jambo

    How did you get modular rails on a scorpion?

  • New Chris

    Can we have a well made concealed carry bag that doesn’t say, I’m a high speed low drag tactical operator trying to be unnoticed but really being very obvious? Galco and The Gun Tot’n Mamas have some CCW bag designs which are actually discrete.

    These kinds of bag seem to be aimed at two markets, law enforcement and military personnel who don’t really care about hiding the fact that they are carrying weapons, and internet commandos who want to conceal a weapon in the most obvious way possible so that everyone knows how dangerous they think they are.

    It makes no sense to have an urban concealment bag in coyote tan.

    • Bal256

      NEW URBAN CARRY GEAR BAG!

      COMES IN MARPAT AND MULTICAM

      MOLLE EVERYWHERE
      MOLLE ON TOP OF MOLLE

      MORALE PATCHES

      BIG ASS LOGO WITH A SKULL AND CROSSED RIFLES

      • New Chris

        “Stop touching your ear.”

    • John

      >Can we have a well made concealed carry bag that doesn’t say, I’m a high
      speed low drag tactical operator trying to be unnoticed but really
      being very obvious?

      Jansport makes durable backpacks.

    • Nicks87

      Might as well be wearing a bright orange bag that says “look at me, I have a gun”.

      • COL Bull-sigh

        I just got my CCP, but am needing an inside-the-belt holster for my pistol that won’t make much of a bulge. Anyone know where I could find one to fit my Colt 10 inch AR-10 with a Sig-Brace?

        • Some Guy

          Just wrap some paracord around the handguard in a veiny sort of pattern and carry at 12 o’clock. Nobody will ask about your gun.

    • USMC03Vet

      It’s almost as though companies are afraid to make them and get negative press. It’s as though companies intentionally make conceal carry gear easily identifiable for law enforcement.

      • Hyok Kim

        DIY, canvas grocery shopping bag.

    • Hyok Kim

      Dude, if you really want that sort of thing, all you have to do is get yourself one of those big canvas grocery shopping tort with pc slogans outside, and line it inside with paper box cutouts so that it wouldn’t ‘print’, and top it with gift papers. There it is, the perfect cc bag.

  • Anomanom

    No, its only priced like it’s made of kevlar and orphan’s blood. Until recently, i carried a USD 20 Eastpak that lasted me like 15 years. It wold have been perfect for carry too, since it had a separate rear pocket that was padded, and would have done a perfect job of hiding the silhouette of a gun, with room to spare inside for the rest of my manpurse contents.

    Seriously why are bags that you can put your weapon inisde so damn expensive.

    • Bill

      Because we pay for them. My long guns often ride in athletic bags, or literally wrapped in whatever’s handy, and old tube socks make great handgun cases inside of rubbermaid totes. When I fly I have to get a little more uptown, but that’s not often.

    • Dracon1201

      Agreed. I’ve had plenty of less expensive bags hold up amazingly and do the job just as well as this.

      • Hyok Kim

        Not my experience, First to go was the zipper, and the seams. I use my bags hard.

    • Hyok Kim

      Did it have YKK Zippers?

  • Bill

    I’m not familiar with this company – can anyone with actual experience speak to quality and durability? I mean, without cribbing from their website.

    • Nicholas Chen

      There are a few torture tests of their bags on YouTube.

    • kirk

      Vanquest is a fairly young company started by some maxpedition expats. They use high quality materials and the workmanship is great. I have carried a trident 20 since Feb for lunch, water, coffee, small tools, etc. I am on the road a lot and no one has said a thing about it. Most people do not notice or care what you carry your stuff in unless they are interested in it anyway.

  • Hyok Kim

    This one reminds me of mystery ranch bags. How do you compare them?