Jansport on steroids- Maxpedition Prepared Citizen Classic

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  1. MichaelBear

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    I've got one but I havent used it yet. Seems well built and neat
     
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    I got an alert from NRA about the sale, IIRC, I passed.
     
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    Be great without the maxpedition logo.
     
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    Very basic "gray man" type jansport looking bag.

    I know a lot of people think off body carry isn't valuable, but as someone that can't always on body carry I can tell you that's not true. Personal experience sats otherwise. I appreciate the way maxpedition puts thought and effort into that type of bag. Plenty of regular storage with a dedicated area for your firearm and plenty of room to get to it when you need to while still keeping it concealed until needed. Its also not uncomfortable with the padding they use.
    Maxpedition stuff is bombproof in execution and it shows with little time using their bags.

    Personally this bag isn't "my style" but its not a bad looking bag. Especially at the price point they show.
     
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    I couldn't resist, and I bought one. It's pretty much what they said it would be, a 1000d version of a Jansport. I just wish the compartment separator fabric was a bit more robust...
     
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    I like the pack, although I have enough packs. The hidden compartment is clever, the organization features seem well thought out. All it really needs IMO is an external mesh pocket for a water bottle, and a way to conveniently attach a pocket or phone clip to the pack straps.
     
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    I'd prefer a couple of water bottle holders. Still, the idea of a generic book bag in heavier materials and with a compartment for a bullet-resistant panel sounds good for teachers and students, among others.
     
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    Indeed, side pockets would be awesome on these. Absolutely agree
     
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    Any more insight about it?
    I'm curious what you think.

     
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    Right, sorry!
    The shoulder straps are more cushioned than I thought they would be, and they were longer than the usual Jansport-style so that means a big guy like myself is more comfortable wearing the pack. The webbing used for adjusting the shoulder straps is of the seatbelt variety, so it is very soft and moves with ease.
    The CCW compartment is nice and the "lockout bar" works pretty good. Stitching is just as good as anything else I have seen by Maxped.
    The main compartment is not a bad size but it is definitely 1200cu. and not 1500cu. so it is on the small size. The slash pocket and admin pocket are fine, no real complaints. I do wish the admin wall was a little more robust of a fabric, like 500d. But, upon further inspection it does seem at least as good as the exterior fabric of some inferior quality backpacks.
    The bottom is double layered and cushioned, although less than the shoulder straps. So if you drop your bag your stuff has a bit of cush but not by much. I got the red and it looks almost exactly like any other bag except for that big-ass label. But even then the font makes it less obvious. The only real loss was the absence of the exterior water bottle pockets. Which in my opinion would have made this THE budget day/etc bag to beat. So I'll be looking to add those soon. Any questions you wanna ask or pics you might like just go ahead and ask.
     
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    Great information! Thank you for sharing!
    And yes, absolutely, photos would be awesome if you could take couple shots please. Thank you very much
     
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    Here's a couple quick ones showing things and or stuff. Like the tag that is also on the shoulder strap (so you can advertise coming and going). How the back wall of the admin pocket is also the front wall of the main pocket. The thickness of the bottom padding (folded obviously). Thickness of the shoulder straps. If that's not enough let me know. 20190608_171450.jpg 20190608_171520.jpg 20190608_171709.jpg 20190608_171737.jpg 20190608_171857.jpg 20190608_172033.jpg
     
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    Great to read some hands on reviews. I liked the idea of a better-built Jansport bag... just something that doesn't have a Swiss logo or molle webbing all over it is nice.

    I think I'd sew a rectangle of Velcro loop over the logo.
     
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    It looks like the "name patch" will come off quite readily with a seamripper or probably even a very sharp knife....
     
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    Nobody knows what a maxpedition is, except those that do, and they'd probably recognize it anyway, and then so what.
     
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    Obviously I can't say you are wrong and I can't even say I disagree all that much as I definitely shelled out the dough after I saw the tags. But I will say relying on the ignorance of others is a poor course of action. Now, after all that, I don't really care about the tags I just feel it necessary to point out the inconsistency in reasoning....
     
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    Well, tbh I don't care if someone knows I'm carrying, or what they think of the molle, or color, or anything else.
    When I see someone carrying its because I am looking to see, not because most people would have a clue. I usually grin because I am too.
    BG don't pay attention to stuff like a CC bag. They see a bag and they want it. Lot more likely to take an Osprey or Northface, Nike, than any Jansport or Maxpedition.
     
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    These look good. I'd have bought one in grey but they are gone. Wish I'd have seen this earlier.
     
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    A lot of times when they sell out like that its because a vendor bought them out. So if you keep looking you'll probably see them pop up, and it'll be cheaper than maxpedition was asking for them.
     
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    Thought about that too.
     
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    They're still available at the Maxpedition link. I just ordered the gray. Should be perfect for what I need. Shipping was $16.95, but overall still a good deal for what it is.

    I thought about getting an Osprey Daylite instead because it weighs about a 1/2 pound less, but I like that this one has slightly padded shoulder straps and the nice large outside pocket. And it can hold more if I need it to. And the CC pocket is a plus. ;)
     
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    Looks awesome! This color is sweet too!
    Thank you for sharing!
     
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    Thanks, I like the colour too.
     
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    For what it's worth, Maxpedition just listed their Father's Day sale with BOGO pocket organizers. I assume that would help justify the shipping cost.
     
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    Just received it. Subdued the bright white Maxpedition logo lettering with a black marker. Thing is built like a tank and stitched solid. Very happy! Love the gray color too. Might remove the zipper flaps to make it easier to zip/unzip. Yes, that will make it a little less water resistant around the zippers, but I'm not using it for anything other than day hikes.

    I'm an old guy, and I do what I do. :)

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    Well, with all the Maxped gear I've had the zips always start out pretty stiff but the fabric relaxes after a few and then the zippers do too. So you might want to give it a minute and a think before you void the warranty.
     
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    Good idea, thanks. I won't be returning it so I'm not concerned about the warranty, but you're right, I should see if it breaks in first before I start cutting. :D
     
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    IMO, they should just go back to making the Jansport backpacks the way they used to. I used to carry 40+ lbs in them routinely (i had a LOT of school books) and mine had side pockets.
     
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    You mean sacrifice profit for quality? How dare you, sir!
     
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    How would you go about removing the flaps without a bunch of frayed material and risking unraveling to where the zipper is stitched?
     
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    I've done it to another pack before. You cut away most of the flap that covers the zipper area, but not so close to the zipper that you risk damaging the zipper stitching.. Then I just use a Bic to seal the seam to prevent fraying.
     
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    Thanks, hadn't thought about sealing with lighter.

    Its your pack, so I'm not going to try to talk you out of it. That is part of what makes it look like a "common" Jansport though.
     
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    Any ideas on how to attach a water bottle pocket or just have to live with using an insulated bottle.
     
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    Personally I just don't carry cold drinks. I have a Mystery Ranch Urban Assault and my bottle rides inside my bag.
     
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    Sew on a vintage Jansport patch in it's place.
    That'd be pretty sneaky lol.
     
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    My big idea was tubular webbing, a needle, thread, a nickel, and a band-aid. But I think I might take a note from @Wasp and just keep the bottle inside the bag....
     
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    In the past, I would never get a pack that did not have water bottle pockets on the sides. But since most pockets are too small to easily fit the style of canteens that I use (Nalgene Oasis), rather than constantly struggling to get them in and out of the tight pockets, I just lived with carrying them inside my packs. Now, inside carry is what I prefer. If I want a really cold drink, I carry an insulated Kleen Kanteen in addition to a Nalgene Oasis.
     
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    Or eastpak
     
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    I've had my share of eastpak bags....
     
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    Or leave the Maxpedition patch. :)

    The same people who would know what Maxpedition is are the same people that could recognize it anyway.
     
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