New ESS Packs

ESS packs

Elite Survival Systems introduced a number of new products at the 2017 SHOT Show. Among them are three backpacks, each aimed at a different segment of the market. They are the ECHO, the Tenacity-72 and the Guardian.



The ECHO is designed to be an every day carry (EDC) style bag that combines features of a military pack with the needs of an average civilian. ESS used lighter weight materials than those used in the company’s tactical packs. PALS webbing is located on the facing surfaces. There is also a concealment compartment for a pistol. The compartment is accessible from either side. The MSRP is $79.95.


ESS Tenacity-72

This pack was developed as a 3-day backpack, but it can be used for a variety of general or specialized purposes. One of the most (potentially) beneficial features is that the front zippers go all the way down. This allows you to fully open the pack and access anything contained therein. The inside of the pack has a generous amount of PALS webbing should you want to set up the bag with internal pouches. The company did not release a suggested retail price.



The Guardian is another tactical/non-tactical backpack that blends elements of several bag styles. There are plenty of attachment points for MOLLE gear and several “operator” colors. However, there are also colors that are more mainstream like the indigo color. The interior has a bladder compartment that doubles as a laptop compartment. As the name Guardian suggests, the bag also has a CCW compartment. Like the ECHO, it can be accessed from either side. These carry a suggested retail price of $139.95.

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  • iksnilol

    Finding a good EDC pack is hard. More options should be appreciated.

    • roguetechie


      If out of the eleventh twenty seven “carry, tactical, edc, & suburban commando” lines was the backpack I want and which would actually work for gun owners…

      I’d appreciate more options.

      Unfortunately though, no one makes THAT backpack…

      Instead, every time I crack the shipping box I have to restart my mental timer to 6 months.

      Why 6 months?

      Because that’s the point at which shooting packs etc become kick around day to day packs, because every pack on the market starts destroying itself slowly the instant you load it with even a couple tools and some ammo!

  • Leonardo Padrino

    Why does clicking on the word “backpack” take me to a backpack on the fossil site?

    • some other joe

      Does the mouseover read something like “link generated by viglink”? That’s why. Something in the host’s source code does this to generate clicks for and revenue from the clickee receiving the traffic.