Maxpedition’s New Tiburon

Maxpedition tan

Fair warning: I’m a fan of Maxpedition bags and packs and have been for nearly a decade. Almost 10 years ago, I bought my first bag, the Monsoon, from the company. At the time, I wasn’t sure if the cost of the bag was worth it. Since then, I’ve learned that for the quality of the bags – both in terms of functionality and durability – these bags are relatively inexpensive.

One of my favorite bags is the Condor II. I’ve had mine for almost three years. It has been with me to the range, trade shows, karate tournaments, Disney World trips, camping, hunting and 18 different states. I carry the pack regularly – maybe four days a week – to various functions.

However, I may have found a pack to replace the Condor II: the new Tiburon.

The Tiburon is a new backpack that is part of the company’s Advance Gear Research (AGR) line of bags. AGR products are packs that are designed for the same (or better) functionality of existing Maxpedition bags, but with less of a militaristic look.

Maxpedition flat

With light loads, the Tiburon can be made quite thin with the integral compression straps.

The Tiburon is larger than the Condor II at 34 liters of storage, but when I held on in person at the SHOT Show, it did not seem to add much bulk. With the side compression straps, you can cinch down a light load and keep things compact.

Maxpedition designed the Tiburon with a large lockable main compartment, a lockable middle compartment and a generously sized administrative pouch. These compartments open completely. On the sides are additional pouches for storage. Inside the bag is a padded pocket that will protect a 13″ laptop or tablet.

On the bottom of the Tiburon is a concealed pocket that allows you to store a rain cover. That is sold separately for $20.99, but is worth every penny if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

The pack uses yoke-style carry straps with a quick release feature. It has a sternum strap and a padded waist belt that stores in the pack when not being used.

Maxpedition Tiburon

Maxpedition uses attachment points called ATLAS on the outside of the bag. ATLAS, which stands for Attachment Lattice System, uses a solid piece of composite material that is laser cut. This offers similar functionality to the PALS/MOLLE system, but with increased strength, less weight and a much flatter profile. MOLLE is to quad Picatinny rail as ATLAS is to M-LOK.

The Tiburon has a retail price of $259.99. It is available in black, gray or tan. The gray looks utterly low profile. The tan is a multi-tone style that looks more like an outdoor pack than military kit to me. Black is…well, black.

Richard Johnson

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  • Phillip Cooper

    Article reads like fanboyism, but I’m right there with him. I am an IT guy and I’m either motorcycle-mobile or in a solid-axle swapped SUV (so it’s tall, and things get thrown into it).. I am NOT gentle on my gear. I used to go through Swissgear packs and the like in about 4 months. I’ve been EDCing my CondorII for going on 10 years and I’m just now starting to notice a little bit of wear- a few straps are fuzzing up. No stitching issues, no problem at all. I carry about 40 pounds of tablets/netbooks/switches, etc every day, and have been for literally 10 years. This stuff is expensive (I had to swallow hard at the time to justify $150 for a pack), but when you think about what you get it is cheap.

    I am starting to be less attached to the military look of the CondorII, so will be giving this pack a very close look.

  • john huscio

    More of a Kelty man myself. Can’t see any of those supplanting my map3500.

  • Bucho4Prez

    Picked up a Chrome messenger bag about four years ago and couldn’t be happier. It’s great if you ride a bike(motor or otherwise), and it has so far kept my belongings safe and dry through some boot-filling rain storms.