Review: Vanquest's Smaller CCW Bags

Nicholas C
by Nicholas C

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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  • Bill Bill on Nov 16, 2015

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

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    • Kirk Kirk on Nov 17, 2015

      @Bill 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 Hyok Kim on Nov 17, 2015

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