Condor 3 Day Assault Pack – An Underappreciated Overperformer Bag

Condor Outdoor has come a long way since I was first introduced to them at Shotshow in 2008.  Condor was then an up and coming company trying to build a reputation in the soft goods lines among men and women interested in adventuring and shooting.  I started carrying their line of goods shortly after that, which gave me a good point of view to watch the company as it matured.

The company listened to its dealers and its customers. Improvements across their entire line of goods began to show up based on suggestions and reviews.  Today, Condor Products have emerged as some of the better mid-range pieces of equipment on the market.

Condor 3 Day Assault Pack
  • - Large load cargo capacity compartment with separate pocket to fit up to two 3L hydration...
  • - Heavy-Duty carry and drag handle.- Two double zipper pulls on the main compartment for easy...

Last update on 2020-08-12 at 13:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The Condor 3 Day Assault Pack Review

The 3 Day Assault Pack Review

From the beginning of my association with Condor Outdoor, I have liked the design and concept of their 3 day assault pack.  In general, the size and features of this mid-sized backpack are useful for a wide range of applications.  I have owned many of the Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Packs and have used them as

  • Carryon bags while traveling
  • Day backpacks for short field days
  • Survival backpacks carried on extended hunts in rugged territory
  • Short trip backpacks for overnight hiking trips
  • Bugout bags
  • Three-day bags
  • Medical bags
  • Equipment bags for various other purposes

The Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack for me, remains a go-to bag when I need a medium-sized bag that provides versatility to fill almost any role.  Condor Outdoor has provided users of the Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack with a well-rounded list of features

  • Fully adjustable shoulder straps with generous padding
  • Removable and stowable passed waist belt
  • Mesh padded back panel for comfort
  • Heavy-duty drag or carry handle at the top of the backpack
  • Compression straps to allow the packed backpack to be kept tight and secure
  • Drainage grommets built into the bottom of the backpack
  • Hydration compatible back pocket with covered drinking tube hole
  • 50L total internal volume
  • Three compartments
    • Large main compartment – 22” x 1” x 8”
    • Secondary Compartment – 16” x 12” x 11”
    • Bottom Compartment – 6” x 9” x 2.5”
  • Two side compartments – 9” x 5” x 2.5”
  • Hydration compartment – 3 L bladder compatible
  • Available in three colors – Black, Olive Drab, and Coyote Brown

What I Like about this Backpack

Personally, the size of this backpack is so versatile that it is useable for almost any application.  The Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack is small enough to be used as a day back for those who carry a backpack as part of their everyday carry.   The backpack will also perform as an overnight bag for short trips.  However, I make the most use of these backpacks as the container for go-bags and three-day survival bags.

I have used the Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack as the backpack of choice to build numerous versions of a go-bag, get-home bag, or three-day survival bag for myself, my family, and friends.  I tailor the contents of each bag to the person for whom it is intended, based on their lifestyle, their needs, and some essential criteria that I believe every such bag should contain.  Regardless of the contents, the Condor 3 Day Assault Pack is a perfect foundation for these types of uses.

I have some factors that I find useful for judging a backpack that I intend to use.  When I look at a new backpack or a backpack like the Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack, I use these factors to give me a consistent set of feedback about the product.


Factors to Consider

  • Construction – Quality of construction and durability of materials are at the top of my list when looking at bags of any kind.  The Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack gets top marks in this category.  Condor Outdoor uses 1000D nylon material that is rugged and wear-resistant.  One of my Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Packs has been in use for more than ten years and, in many ways, looks almost brand new.
  • Zippers – One of my pet peeves is zippers.  Zippers are a place that many companies striving to produce a reasonably priced product will cut back.  Condor has met the test using the highest quality large zippers available and outfitting those zippers with generous weather guards.
  • Interior Organization – A well designed and constructed backpack will have the means to allow you to organize your gear correctly, keep it in place, and make finding what you need a quick and easy exercise.  Too many cheap bags are just big open, confined spaces.  Not so the Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack.  It has mesh pockets in the main Compartment perfect for smaller items and compression straps to keep larger items properly stowed and in place.  Breaking the Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack into three distinct compartments means the gear is easily retrieved.
  • Comfort – You can have the highest quality construction and materials in a backpack, but if it isn’t comfortable, it is almost worthless.   Condor has designed the carry system on the 3 Day Assault Pack to be an easy, comfortable carry even when loaded to the maximum.  Generously padded and adjustable shoulder straps, a chest tension strap, and a waist belt allow you to fit this backpack to your own carry needs.
Condor 3 Day Assault Pack
  • - Large load cargo capacity compartment with separate pocket to fit up to two 3L hydration...
  • - Heavy-Duty carry and drag handle.- Two double zipper pulls on the main compartment for easy...

Last update on 2020-08-12 at 13:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


What Other Users Are Saying…

Pros

  • Well designed and constructed
  • Easy to pack and organize for a quick day trip or an extended hike
  • Comfortable to carry when it is adjusted properly
  • Exterior MOLLE attachment points add versatility to this pack
  • Tough and rugged
  • Best combination of cost and quality found on the market

Cons

  • The zipper tabs come off quickly and should be replaced with paracord tabs
  • Sometimes the weather covers on the zippers get in the way of the zipper operation

Worth a Look

In my opinion, Condor 3 Day Assault Pack is an often overlooked option for all sorts of soft outdoor gear.  This pack is a true overperformer for me in many ways.  If you are looking for a rugged, dependable, and well-designed backpack that won’t break your budget, you really should look are this backpack or one of the other designs by Condor Outdoor.

Condor 3 Day Assault Pack
  • - Large load cargo capacity compartment with separate pocket to fit up to two 3L hydration...
  • - Heavy-Duty carry and drag handle.- Two double zipper pulls on the main compartment for easy...

Last update on 2020-08-12 at 13:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

I hope that this review of one of my favorite backpacks helps you selecting a bag no matter what your intended uses or needs.  If you have comments, suggestions, or would like to share your experience using Condor Outdoor products, please do so in the comment section below.  We love to hear your stories and ideas.



Dennis Howard
Written by Dennis Howard

A life long hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman, after surviving a devastating tornado in his home town, he saw the effects on people's lives as they struggled to cope. He built his first bugout bag a few weeks later and has been a dedicated prepper/survivalist since that time. After a career as a fireman, Dennis opened a retail store catering to the military, law enforcement, and like-minded individuals in the preparedness community. Read his full interview here. Read more of Dennis's articles.

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