Wednesday, March 7, 2012

BAD Gear: Maxpedition Aggressor Tactical Attaché

Every Bad Ass Dad should have a man-bag. Not a "murse" but a man bag that can take the abuse of  Bad Ass Dad-related activities. BAD needed a full-featured bag that could securely store all his kit, while being air-transportable, comfortable, and durable. BAD needed a bag that would have easy-open exterior pockets for easy access of frequently used items. Introducing the Maxpedition Aggressor Tactical Attaché. Although there are other makes offering something similar like the EMDOM TNT or the 5.11, I chose Maxpedition because I already have some of their products, and they have never failed me.

Maxpedition's website  lists some of the features of this bag:

Main compartment: 17"(L) x 5"(W) x 13"(H)
Large pocket:â„¢ 6"(L) x 2"(W) x 10"(H) with slip pocket and ID holder
Med Flap pocket:â„¢ 9"(L) x 2"(W) x 6"(H) with velcro loop field on lid
Small flap pockets (2):â„¢ 4"(L) x 2"(W) x 4"(H)
Padded organizer pocket:â„¢ 16"(L) x 2"(W) x 12"(H)
Fits up to 17" (diagonal screen size) laptop computer
The #0612 AGGRESSOR Tactical Attache was a response to a huge numbers of customer requests for a super-sized version of our "Operator Tactical Attache". Fits up to 17" (diagonal screen size) laptop computer. The bag has all of the same (but magnified) features such as utility pockets on one side, padded organizer on the other, CCW compartment, internal hook-and-loop divider, radio and Nalgene bottle pockets on the ends.â„¢ For the AGGRESSOR, we also added lockable main compartment zipper slides and an external 4" x 6" velcro field for patches.
Product Materials
1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
 Teflonâ„¢ fabric protector for grime resistance and easy maintenance
high strength zippers and zipper tracks
UTX-Duraflex nylon buckles for low sound closures
Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance
High tensile strength nylon webbing
High tensile strength composite nylon thread (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread)
#AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material for superior shock protection
Internal seams taped and finished
Paracord zipper pulls
Stress points double stitched, Bartacked or "Box-and-X" stitched for added strength

So here in W. Africa, I have some down time in between missions, so I thought I'd give my assessment on a piece of kit that I acquired through DS Tactical. Props to them for expediently sending this bag to me the same week I was slated to deploy. I have been using this bag for about 6 months now. Just to preface this, I am not military. Not in the paid soldier for HM the Queen sense anyway. I was, but not anymore. I do xxxxxxxxxxx xxxx for xxxxxxxxxxxx supporting risk mitigation, security, and emergency task forces...

I would actually consider this more a "duty" bag than an attache (sematnics maybe), mainly because it used as a flight carry-on as well as a daily carry bag for work. This bag travels with me during my armed convoys between the different compounds, field recce's, site visits, off/on shore missions, and general duty stuff. With all of its myriad pockets and well thought out design, I find that it is versatile to meet my misssion objectives.

The back of the bag also has a spot to put a patch if you wish. Notice the wide shoulder straps, and the padded shoulder pad thingy. The attachment clasps are plastic. My only indictment of this bag would be the plastic on plastic rubbing, which creates some awful squeaky sounds. Not very tactical for a tactical bag. LOL

I don't have a measuring tape, so hopefully by showing pictures you can figure out how wide these things are. The handle has a non-slip rubberized grip. the same material also lines the bottom of the bag.

Starting from the front of the bag, you can see there are several spaces for you to stuff kit in.

All of the flaps are hook and loop.
There is one zip one...

That perfectly fits my netbook.

The bottom front flip open pocket fits, perfecty the power source for the netbook, and my Arcteryx Squamish Hoodie, also purchased from DS Tactical with the LEAF pricing.

This jacket, by the way, is a godsend,
during the equatorial afternoon rainstorms.

I use one of the top pockets to hold my mem sticks and electronic doodads like my mp3 player

The other top pocket holds chewing gum, various bits of PPnS and meal chits.

Underneath the clear plastic pocket is another pocket for daily intel reports, and other pieces of useful information

Not sure why but there is a plastic pocket to put your ident (even though ident should be on persons). If you worked for an agency or something like that, I suppose you can put the logo there. Like the UN logo or something...

But for me,I just put my Rememberance day patch

On either side of the bag there
are nalgene bottle pockets.

Tactical Pringles of the sour cream and onion variety, and my tactical coffee mug. The other side holds a standard sized water bottle, or whatever hydration.

Ok, now moving onto the main big pockets...

In between the front pockets and the big main zipped compartment, is another pocket that uses velcro enclosure. Because of that, I probably wouldn't put any thing in there that you wouldn't want rained upon...

I use it like a file folder, just putting misc loose leaf papers and documents...

You probably can't see, but the zipped main compartment is actually one large compartment, that I would hazard a guess to be 4 inches in width. It uses velcro-based board to split it into two. The board probably has some flixeble plastic in it, and is covered with velcro, so you can DAP anything you want to it. I just like the fuzzy feeling. It can be moved to increase or decrease the width of the compartments. I put my Toshiba Satellite in one of the compartments with mouse, power adapters etc.

And on the other extra change of clothes, dome shade, and eye pro...Like so: (note that I hastily rolled up the jacket and pants and shoved it in, just to make a point. usually its much tighter. I usually shove an extra pair of skivvies and socks in there as well.)

Ok, now onto the last pocket to the rear. this pocket is raised about 3/4 inch. Here it is unzipped. It has an integrated seperator that is non removable.

Into that pocket The cigars are used judiciously as social currency

Fitting like this

I don't usually haul it on my shoulder fully packed, cuz it can be 15-20lbs.

Ok, here's a couple of neat features:
There looks to be a shoulder strap keeper, for if you just want to use the handles. They are located at the top of the bag. I can only assume that if you had a tactical umbrella, or some sort of tactical yardstick, or that RSM/SSM dick measure, you could attach the same way...mary poppins style.

Another neat feature that I don't use, are the snap button keepers, that are used to keep the zippers fastened.

And another one for the main compartment:

You may be wondering about my IFAK...I have one. Its in my backpack that I only use for field work. For convoys to and fro, there is a med kit in each vehicle.

The way I have it setup now is not very grayman. It doesn't need to be. It holds my shit, the way I need it. So that I can access it. For greyman purposes or travel on airfrance or klm flights or whatever...Its very easy to just rip off the patches. put in some civi clothes like a polo shirt, shorts...and a travel case for grooming and hygiene.

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