If you are interested in getting a tactical backpack for your outdoor adventures, there are many different brands and models for you to choose. Here are some of the most important features you will need to consider when shopping for a tactical backpack.

Proper Size

The most important feature is that the tactical backpack you choose should be the right size for your needs. Too many people get the largest size for which they pay too much money and over-stuff it with items so that it is too heavy. Focus on getting the right size backpack that will allow you to carry only what is enough to be comfortable.

Chest or Sternum Strap

The strap that goes across your chest may seem unnecessary at first, but your shoulders and upper back will thank you over a long hike. The chest strap takes a lot of the pressure off your shoulder and back muscles which otherwise would be used to hold the backpack in place as you hiked along the trails. Be sure that the pack you choose has a chest strap or at least an attachment for one that you can get elsewhere.


Tactical Backpack for Outdoor Activity

Most tactical backpacks are made from nylon or a derivative of nylon that makes them tough and water-resistant. If it is a good quality bag, then you can trust it will last. However, you’ll want to check out all the material being used so that you are not cheated with cheap fabrics. Plus, there is a difference between water resistant and waterproof, so be sure to take that into account as well.

Adequate Hydration Bladder

Although canteens are still popular, many of the top rated tactical backpack designs come with a hydration bladder that will hold more water in a convenient location. They will have a small hose or straw that you can use to access the water quickly without having to stop.

Small Utility Pockets

Your backpack should have some small pockets for items like your car keys, flame starter, and other knick-knacks so you can access them quickly. Check out the accessories of a tactical backpack.

Internal Frame

There are pros and cons to having an internal frame for your tactical backpack. While it adds stability and helps to even out the weight distribution, it also is heavier and may be too much for some types of outdoor excursions. If you are carrying items that tend to shift around, then having an internal frame is a must. Otherwise, if you are just packing some clothes and smaller items for a short trip, then it may not be necessary.

VELCRO Closures

While button snaps are the most common, Velcro will help keep smaller items from falling out. If you are carrying your car keys or loose change in a pocket, a Velcro closure will provide you with some peace of mind as button snaps have openings that let such small items fall out.

It also helps if the bag you choose has outside mounts so you can attach additional items such as blankets, shelter halves, and the like. Just be sure that the tactical backpack you choose fits your needs.


My name is John Winger, I was born and raised in Virginia. I spent a good part of my early adult life in the US military, namely the Army and served in Iraq. I saw my fair share of combat missions and thanks to that experience I have a better understanding and appreciate for what my country means to me and the world.