The world of bug-out bags is packed with options, a literal sea of choices, from small to large bags, and everything in between. In the midst of this madness, one bag stands out for its price, quality, and design. This is hands down, my go-to favorite budget bug-out bag, the Paratus by 3V Gear.
The flagship pack in the 3V Gear lineup, the Paratus is a slick combination of quality and a budget price point. It is the perfect choice for the new or experienced survivalist, providing tons of space and a rugged design.
This is my second Paratus, the first one I put to use in the local forests, packing it for single and multi-day excursions, working on bushcraft, and navigation skills. It proved itself as durable and tough with quality stitching, webbing, and buckles. It easily fit 40+ lbs which I rucked a total of 30+ miles over the course of a few months.
The new addition still provides the same features, however, instead of Olive Green, I went with Black, figuring it more flexible than gray and overall best suited for Urban and related areas. If changing the color is an absolute must, I can always break out my Multicam rain cover and switch from Black to Camo in seconds.
The Paratus sports a wide range of features, making it flexible and adaptable to any mission. This bag is a favorite of survivalists, preppers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts
A - Thick and wide shoulder straps support with comfort and ease.
B - Rugged 600D fabric is water-resistant and stands up to long-term use and abuse.
C - Removable waist belt and sternum strap allow easy configuration of the pack.
D - Rapid Deployment Pack is removable for quick excursions such as scouting or foraging
E - Velcro Morale Patches included.
F - 2 MOLLE accessory pouches provide more space for essential gear.
G - Eight compression straps provide options for securing tarps, jackets, and related items.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES & SPECS
Dimensions: 20"h x 12"w x 8.5"d
Capacity: 40 Liters
Total Weight 4.45 lbs.
Available in: Black, Coyote Tan, Foliage Grey, and Olive Drab (OD)
Limited Lifetime Warranty
This pack is sectioned into two compartments and is hydration compatible with an oversized hydration port and velcro hanger. The reservoir pocket can also double as a laptop pouch, depending on preference and mission requirements.
The main compartment measures 11″ x 8″ x 4″ and easily fit my radio, shelter kit, first aid kit, food, water, and more.
Thanks to a ton of MOLLE webbing, you never have to worry about running out of space for additional gear. Add or remove external pouches based on the mission at hand. Heavy-duty zippers ensure that anything stored in the various compartments stays secure and storm flaps protect your gear and zippers from debris and water.
The secondary compartment measures a roomy 11″ x 8″ x 4″ with a full-size organization panel and mesh pocket. Considering the black interior, it's best to pack tools and items with contrasting colors. Ideally, the interior would be either a high visibility color or at minimum any other color than black.
In addition to the ALLY pouches and multiple compartments, the Paratus provides an RDP (Rapid Deployment Pack) which can be quickly and easily removed for short excursions such as foraging for edibles, reconnaissance or setting perimeter alarms.
The Paratus is designed with simplicity and a tight focus on modularity. I fully expected some rips, tears, or stitching issues, but the bag is in perfect condition. If by some chance, I manage to damage the bag, 3V Gear has me covered with a 100% lifetime warranty!
I highly recommend this pack to anyone looking for a top-quality budget 72hr pack.
See you in the field,
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