Maxpedition vs Condor

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  1. Martin Trj

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    Hello,
    I own one of each and the Maxpedition (Remora + Janus Extension pocket + pocket organizer) and a Condor Compact Modular Assault. They both look very good but it seems like Maxpedition has a better marketing dept.
    I'd like to hear opinions on both brands.
    Thanks in advance.
    Martin
     
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    well, it's just my opinion....but maxped's stuff is some kinda better than just marketing over condor.

    I have had 8-10 maxped packs probably - still have a couple jumbo's around....while they aren't my favorite pack brand...they have never failed me.

    a condor backpack has had a strap become all but worthless (I literally tied it together to get home) and a few of the their smaller packs have had some zippers get stuck and threads come undone from not being taped.

    I'd say Maxped is a good "upper middle" of the pack world - quality wise....but not a level I feel comfy with (just me) and that condor is somewhere below that.....

    It's sorta like knives I guess...once I got a taste of the Eagle / TT / ATS / Kifaru / Tad quality....and having had pack failures....I just gravitate towards the better quality and just use less of 'em. (just me, of course)
     
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    Maxpedition construction techniques are top-tier, right up there with MILSPEC construction done by experienced DoD field equipment contractors like Specialty Defense Systems. For nylon tactical gear the only other civilian manufacturer I've seen that matches Maxpedition quality is Camelbak.

    Much of what you pay for with Maxpedition is the quality of the construction. Maxpedition employs some extremely talented sewing machine operators and clearly has some rigid QC in-place. Since most of their production is done in Taiwan I can't imagine what their products would cost if they were made in the US and the cost of US labor was built into these products. (Here's a hint - we all marvel at the cost of products from Frost River and Duluth. Much of the cost built into the offerings from these fine companies is labor cost.)

    If you turn a Maxpedition product and a similar Condor product inside out you'll see the difference. Now, Condor gear is not bad - in fact some of the stuff I've looked at has been pretty well put together, but the Maxpedition products are clearly better. Better sewn using heavier materials and exhibiting better design.

    Yes, there is a good bit of marketing hype associated with Maxpedition gear, but it's hype backed up by clearly superior products.
     
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    I'm sure there are some things from Condor I would buy but so far I haven't. I love all the Maxpedition stuff I own and even after buying a Kifaru pack I just picked up a Jumbo EDC for those quick woods walks that I do so many of.

    Ski
     
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    Can't say much for the maxped because I don't own any. Lots of guys love them! There is an obvious reason for this and they seem to be of an upper-middle quality as solo stated.

    That said, I have put many miles on my condor urban go bag and it has seen it's share of abuse. Hasn't let me down yet. I hear a lot of nightmarish stories of how bad condor is. Guess I'm one of the lucky ones.

    Hope that helps. : )
     
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    Wow! I was under the impression Maxpedition was top of the line...so if it's mid point gear. What brand is top of the line?
    I'm trying to make up my mind between the Condor or Maxpedition water bottle pouch.
    Thanks guys.
     
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    Maxpedition to me is a damn good company, great construction and great durability. If you are wanting anything tougher than that then you should look for mil-spec military packs like an Alice pack or some other military brand.

    I have one maxpedition pack, the pygmy falcon II and it has already fallen out of my truck twice in the same day, nothing ripped or tore, no breaks on any hardware. That single incident sold me for life on Maxpedition.

    -Brandon
     
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    There is a big difference, but I think Condor is the best of the China clones on the market today.
     
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    I agree with the comments on Max. quality being, good, the only downside for me is that everything is smaller than I expect, and has less capacity. Some of the pouches have pockets with no "slack", and you can use either the inner or the outer pocket, but not both, if you know what I mean.
     
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    Hum I have 1 condor pack and several maxp packs.

    The condor pack I have is falling apart at the seams. It was a BOB and never used but I switched it out for a different pack so I took that one on family camping trips. Again it was only packed with gear and just transported in a car and from the car to the tent. I've used it twice and the seams on the inside have separated. It's not a catastrophic failure but then again it was hardly used by any standards.

    That said I had 2 molle straps pull out on my falcon II. This pack I used for EDC for about 2 years. I emailed maxp about it. The asked for some pictures and then asked me to send it in. 2 weeks later I received a new pack. I have several other pieces of maxp gear and none of them have ever had an issues.

    They are not the same and are different in many ways.
     
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    Hmm, I'm even considering selling the Condor pack and getting me a Maxpedition Falcon-II which is their version of the one I have.
    I intend to use the Condor as a BOB pack and maybe when I go camping.
     
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    I have had a lot of both and I know Maxped has a lot better materials and construction. But I dont like either of them. The only one I like is the 4x10 and 5x12 maxped and the Jumbo EDC Maxped.
     
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    I've got all kinds of gear and most of it is Condor, buddy of mine sells the stuff. It's good gear for the price.
     
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    I have a Condor 3 day assault pack right now.....so far I like it....and the price was right....I carry a heavy load in it and haven't had any problems yet....but I got the tear away medic pouch (MA41) and the zipper sucks on it
     
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    I have condor bottle pouches and they are awesome, no issues so far. i use them pretty lightly though. day trips and the like. for the money and what it is, i couldn't justify the extra expense for maxpeds bottle carriers. condors 18 bucks vs maxpeds 36 bucks at the time of purchase.
     
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    wait a minute, what about the 511 packs...are those any good?
     
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    Iv sold all my maxpedetion packs for 511, never delt with maxpedetions customer service but the time i delt with 511 theres were top notch.

    If you like maxpedetion la police gear is running a 20% off on them.
     
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    Good to hear they replaced it though.

    Update: I have had a blowout on my No name 3 day assault pack. (Thought it was a condor but its just some china made pack)

    My No name 3 day assault pack ripped at the seams in 3 places in the parking lot for work. I called the seller and told them what happened, keep in mind I was just going to work with a normal load and it fell apart. The seller told me I was being too abusive on the pack and to kindly not call again. I won't even bother trying for a replacement.

    Needless to say I will be buying from Maxpedition from now on. I do have the Pygmy Falcon II and I am always impressed by that pack.

    -Brandon
     
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    +1

    I own several condor pieces, including a 3 day pack i have gotten a lot of use out of. I bought that pack before i joined up here and have used it on many outings and trips, with no issues at all. Guess its a little over a year now?

    However, having had my hands on lots of maxpedition stuff, i do think the overall construction is better. It seems to be stronger overall, and the stitching is better.

    You do pay for that difference though. If condor fits your budget better (it does mine), go for it. Ive been happy with it.
     

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