Icon Squad 3 Mil-Spec Backpack
I got a sour deal
I bought this backpack a couple of months ago. I think the concept is brilliant: its a freakin' a Hi-Viz backpack, how cool is that?. When I got it I was very impressed with the features. But workmanship on my backpack is terrible: the plastic insulation on the zippers has come off. It has a big hole where some of the stitching came off. The shoulder straps have started to come apart at the seam. It still is water resistant and I still use it to carry my laptop and my everyday stuff to work, but I'm really disappointed that it's falling apart so quickly. Great concept, really poor execution. I am by all means carefull with my stuff. But even with care, the thing is just coming apart.
September 4, 2014
Excellent product would buy agian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 1, 2014
does its job well
This is a good fitting backpack. Unlike a lot of backpacks of various types, the strap adjustments are well designed such that all is necessary is a pull or tug. Most backpacks have such bad strap adjusters that you need to feed slack through it. With this, you can adjust the tightness easily while wearing it. With all the adjustments the backpack's weight sits comfortably on my chest rather than weighing down my shoulders. The phone storage, like on most backpacks, can't keep up with the growing size of phones and cases so I don't use it. The main reason why I chose this was because I wanted a hi-viz vest but knew it'd be useless with the sling bag I usually take with me to work. This fills two purposes at once, which is why I was attracted to it. I'm glad I got it, very happy with it.
August 18, 2014
Didn't know if this backpack would hold all the necessities for a longer ride, but was sure surprised at how much this bag can hold and how comfortable it is while holding it.
August 11, 2014
I bought strictly for a saftey pack. It is a little small so don't plan on putting much in it. Has lots of pockets seems to be sturdy so far, Only real complaint is similar to another review is that pack rides low on back and pulls front up almost under your neck, unnerving but not a real problem it just doesn't feel good.Overall not a bad pack, hi viz was my main priority so it works, but its not a $100 pack, maybe 60-70?
July 29, 2014
Do not recommend for military personnel
This is a quality made pack with good storage, great high viz color, strong fasteners and rip-stop fabric. However, if you are a military member or work on a military installation there are few problems you should consider before you purchase this pack. 1. The pack has no shoulder adjustments straps that allow you to adjust the height that the pack sits on your back and this causes the pack to ride low on your back and that intern causes the hook and loop ID pockets (positioned toward the top of both vertical shoulder straps) to raise up and sit nearly on top of your shoulders rather than lower on your chest making them hard to access with a helmet on. 2. Because the ID pockets ride up on top of your shoulders the hook and loop fasteners can become stuck to the fabric on bottom of your helmet padding making it difficult to turn your head. Not being able to turn your head while ridding a motorcycle makes for a distracting and dangerous situation. 3. The hook and loop fasteners on the ID pockets are so strong that they are very difficult to open when not wearing gloves and almost impossible while wearing gloves. So in conclusion, this is a decent pack but there are a few concerns that need to be addressed by ICON before I would be willing to purchase one again or recommend this pack to another rider. Hey ICON.....just lower the ID pockets down lower on the chest pads.
July 23, 2014
Sturdy Construction and Meets DoD Requirements
I'm a military rider. I've been wearing the Icon Squad 3 Mil-Spec Backpack for 3 months now, because I figured it was an easy way to make all of my riding jackets DoD compliant for safety requirements. I use the easy-access ID holder every day - and the velcro fasteners are still rock solid after plenty of 60+ mph wind. The gate sentries joke about how quick and easy it is to present my ID card (even with gloves.)
All of the stitching looks brand new after 300+ miles. It wasn't cheap, but I expect it to last for years. Very happy.
July 14, 2014
The Squad 3 is a great backpack and gives me just enough room for quick trips without having the bulk of a big backpack. Also it keeps me in regulation with the military without having to wear a vest. It is constructed well, just one concern is the buckles seem to be a little weak. I have used this on my short trips to work and long trips on the weekend. It is comfortable and light weight.
July 7, 2014