Maxpedition Falcon II

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Maxpedition Falcon II Review Facts

Maxpedition designs some of the best military backpacks on the market today, and the Maxpedition Falcon II is one of those backpacks. This backpack is GSA compliant and is designed as a tactical bag. It is constructed with MOLLE webbing on the left and right sides, along with the front of the backpack. The pack is compatible with ALICE gear and is also an accordion style backpack. If you are not looking for a tactical bag, this backpack is also a great bag for day and weekend hiking trips.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Stable and sturdy
  • An array of interior and external pockets which make organizing gear easy
  • PALS webbing for attaching on additional pouches
  • Quality stitching provides strength and durability
  • YKK designed zippers which have string pulls
  • Strong handles for handling or hanging a fully loaded pack from a hook when not use it
Cons
  • Smaller backpack
  • May not have enough space for all the gear needed for a long hike
  • Water bladder takes up a lot of space and the placement of the bladder pushes out into the main compartment
  • PALS webbing on the pockets on the outermost part of the pack is not the easy to place items due to the yoke through the middle
  • No frame and the pack sits on your spine when the water bladder is full
Key Features

Key Features

-The Maxpedition Falcon II has a 1520 cubic inches capacity with a total of four compartments for storing gear
-Features PALS attachment points for expansion of the backpack
-The backpack holds two 3 liter water bladders, making it a good option for when you need a bag that you need to bring water along
-Ergonomic design with padded shoulder straps making the backpack easy to carry on a multi-day trip or for on a short day hike
-You will not have to worry about making fixes in the field with this backpack with its self-repairing zippers
Material

Material

The backpack is constructed with 1050 denier material which provides resistance to water and abrasions. The pack is lightweight ballistic fabric with nylon Teflon. The material provides protection against grime and makes maintenance easy. The zippers have high-quality strength, sturdy zipper tracks and each zipper has a paracord zipper pull. The buckles are designed with low sound closure due to the UTX-Duraflex nylon. It is constructed with a triple polyurethane coating which provides great water resistance. Throughout the backpack, it has double stitching in high-stress points called barracked stitching along with composite nylon thread which provides high tensile strength. It also has high-grade foam padding for shock protection which provides comfort when carrying the bag for long distances. All of this material and construction provides stability, durability, and comfort while using this backpack.
Comfort

Comfort

The Maxpedition Falcon II has smaller straps compared to other packs on the market. The pack is designed well with cushioned straps to provide comfort and cushion when carrying with the average load. The pack provides enough comfort when used on long trips or when on a day hike and you will not have to worry about the straps digging into your shoulder. The sternum straps provide a balance of the load and the strap can be easily adjusted while wearing it so no need to take it off while hiking. The pack also has a belt strap that helps take the load off of the shoulders to help disrupt the weight of the pack. Based on some of the reviews of the pack, some users feel the belt strap is not as padded as one would like but it does provide enough stability as long the pack is not overloaded with heavy items.

The pack is adjustable on the sides and top by using a Y yoke and straps. If the pack is going to be used for smaller loads it is recommended to clinch down the yoke to help reduce the bulk of the pack. This is easy to do using the pulls and it can be clinched down even when there are additional pouches installed on it. The Y yoke is adjusted it pulls the top and bottom at the same time to help reduce the bag size. There are also D rings on different points of the Y yoke so small items can be attached to the pack.

The pack has strong and nice size handles which do not cut into your hands when carrying the pack. The handles are conveniently located outside of the way of the Y yoke and hose outlet of the water bladder. It has a snap closure on the top where two zippers come together from the secondary and main compartments and you could easily place a small lock on the zipper pulls if needed. If you do not feel the need to place a lock in this area it is also designed for an additional attachment to be added if one desires.

The pack provides five main pouches, main and secondary compartment, water bladder, and a top and bottom pocket. This provides enough space and organization area for a variety of gear. Inside the main and secondary compartment are interior non-zip and zippered compartments for an additional organization through the compartments.

On the side and back of the pack is PALS webbing, with five rows on the on the rear and two rows on the sides. The five rows on the rear of the pack provide attachment points on three of the five rows. The side PALS are a convenient area to attach a side by side PALS system.

When adding attachments to this pack it is recommended to attach prior to filling the pack to help reduce the frustration of getting the attachment on correctly. When looking at the design and placement of the yoke and clinch area of the pack it is best not to add additional pouches on the top row of the top exterior pack because it may cause problems with trying clinch down the yoke. Also, this might prevent the easy accessibility into pockets on the pack.

The pack has two straps located on the bottom for strapping on bulky or oversized items like a tent or mat. The first few times you use these straps it might be difficult due to the webbing being stiff but over time the webbing will loosen up and it will become easier to use. Another way, to strap items on to the backpack is under the yoke. Small items like a sweater or rain jacket could easily be strapped in this area.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Maxpedition Falcon-II provides a few different compartments throughout and it may take some time to get everything packed inside but once all the gear is packed it will be well organized. It is good to place the gear evenly throughout to ensure even distribution of weight throughout the pack to keep from making the pack to heavy on one side or to bottom heavy. It's recommended to fill and place the water bladder in the pack first before packing in the other gear. This pack does not have a metal frame and the water bladder will sit on your spine area and some find it uncomfortable or a while to get used to. The pack also provides adjustment straps to ensure the perfect placement on pack for comfort during your hike.

If the backpack is load correctly by keeping the heavier objects out of the outermost pockets and correctly balancing the load the pack will be stable and comfort throughout long hikes. Some additional attachments that great to add are, water bottle pouches on the sides, magazine pouch for carrying a flashlight and general purpose pouch for carrying a stove and fuel tank.

On the straps, there are attachment points where you could easily attach a handheld GPS. These attachment points also are big enough to run the water bladder tubing to make sure it is in a convenient place.

The pack is designed for one to carry for a long time and to continue to feel comfortable. With the pack strapped securely to your back and with the weight evenly distributed throughout you will not have to worry about the pack shifting if you experience slipping on the trail.
Size

Size

The Maxpedition Falcon II has four main compartments. The main compartment measures 18 inches by 9.5 inches with a depth of 4.75 inches and the secondary compartment is 16 inches by 8 inches with a depth of 3 inches. The upper front pouch is 4 inches by 7 inches with a depth of 2.5inches and the lower front pouch is 10 inches by 7 inches also with a depth of 2.5 inches. The backpack capacity is 25 liters with the ability to hold a water bladder up to 100 ounces. The backpack has a 1-inch sternum strap along with 1.5-inch waist belt strap to provide stability of the backpack. The overall weight of the backpack weights on an average of 2.65 pounds.
Style

Style

The Maxpedition Falcon II comes in many different colors. The five main colors are black, foliage green, khaki, wolf gray, and khaki/foliage green. With all the available colors you could ensure the pack matches your uniform or provides the coverage needed if using it for a hunting trip.
The Maxpedition Falcon II is designed with the Pouch Attachment Ladder System also known as PALS. This system provides the distribution of weight of gear when attaching additional attachments to the pack.
Accessories

Accessories

Maxpedition offers many different accessories which could be added to the Falcon II. Some of the available accessories are universal CCW holsters, cell phone pouches, a radio holster, flashlight and baton sheaths, different size wallets, key keepers and magazine holders. With all the available accessories you can customize the backpack to fit all your needs.
Use

Use

The Maxpedition Falcon II can be used for patrol workers when they need to carry basic and survival gear. The pack is a good choice for day hikes because it can easily be packed with all the gear needed for the day but watch out it has some many different compartments it could easily be overpacked. Hunters have found this to be a great pack because it will easily hold binoculars, ammo, GPS, skinny kit, a set of spare clothes, food, stove, and fuel tank. However, the pack will not provide much space if you need to pack out an animal.

The pack is used by overnight minimalist campers because it provides enough space for essential gear. Some items that could easily be packed for in this for the minimalist camper is a rain jacket, light sleeping bag, water, food, stove, and fuel tank.

If you are looking for a small backpack for a youth hiker this might be a good choice because the pack is not bulky or heavy. The pack can easily be adjusted to fit the frame of an 8-year-old and up and it will be a quality pack that can be used for years after.

If you are looking for a backpack that is longer than a weekend this pack might not be the best choice because it does not provide enough space and you should not have to choose to leave behind essential survival items.
Brand

Brand

Maxpedition Backpacks are designed ergonomically for hauling gear and the backpack will never keep you down. The backpacks are constructed quality nylon stitching, YKK zippers which are self-repairing and the packs are also designed water-resistant material on the exterior. The Maxpedition Backpacks offer multiple pockets and compartments which provide plenty of space for camping gear, mission essentials, hydration reservoirs, textbooks, laptops or anything else that could be needed.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Maxpedition Falcon II has the best features of a medium/small backpack and it a good choice for a hunting pack, day pack or an overnight hiking backpack. The backpack his padded and comfortable shoulder straps along with an ergonomic design to help carry the load. The pack provides enough space to hold a water bladder and you can easily attach additional water bottle holders on the sides. The Falcon contains five large, zippered compartments with additional organization features for small and large items. If you are looking for great features in a medium size pack then the Maxpedition Falcon II is it.