In Monday’s CapArms Question of the Day: Got Backpack? RF talked about how a feature as simple as PALS webbing can reduce a covert carry bag to a tactical target. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see PALS webbing or other tactical gear in public you can bet I’m scanning and scrutinizing everybody and everything associated with that piece of gear.
Apparently the sentiment runs deep because this week I got my hands on gen2 of the K Rounds Range Back Pack; now called the Concealed Range Back Pack precisely because this iteration has been stripped of all PALS webbing to increase covertness. Customer feedback also prompted several other exciting improvements to the original design of this great pack.
Above, gen2 from four sides. The same four views shown below on gen1.
The change that stands out most prominently is, of course, the absence of PALS webbing. Gen2 has a much cleaner, less tactical look. It could easily pass for (or double as?) a camera pack. The area of PALS webbing on the bottom front pocket of gen1 was an unnecessary feature anyway and I’m glad to see it has been removed.
Clearly, gen2 (above, left) stands taller than its predecessor – 3″ taller overall, to be more precise. This increase in height translates into greater capacity in the top three pockets, as well as more distance between the shoulder straps and hip straps. You’ll be able to stuff more gear and gun food into gen2, which also means more weight, so…
The new version of the pack (above, left) sports much-needed lumbar support. The padding, paired with the increased distance between shoulder and hip straps, makes gen2 an extremely comfortable pack.
With ease, I transferred everything from gen1 to gen2 and immediately realized I now have a lot more room to work with. I’ll be hitting the range with the K Rounds Concealed Range Back Pack for the next month or more before bringing you the full review. However, given that the most pressing improvements were tackled in this latest production, I really can’t imagine the rating will decrease.
The K Rounds Concealed Range Back Pack is available in black for the same price as gen1: $134.99. Navy blue, ACU, an Desert camo options are expected in June.