G4Free Tactical Sling Backpack: QUICK OVERVIEW
What We Like
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Is a tactical sling backpack better than a regular sling backpack? Is it better than a regular backpack period? It’s hard to tell since not everyone needs a backpack for the same reasons.
However, what is obvious is that in certain cases a sling backpack shines in terms of comfort and mobility. Being less restrictive is important but so is having a modular design.
Let’s look at one of the more budget-friendly tactical sling backpack on the market and analyze what makes it so popular.
G4Free Tactical Sling Backpack Review
Among tactical backpacks that have above-average durability and actual MOLLE webbing, the G4Free tactical sling backpack is one of the smallest. What starts out as a mini military-style shoulder bag can be customized to fit all the everyday necessities of an urban backpacker.
Who is this product for?
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly backpack to carry your gadgets, paperwork, notebooks, etc., the G4Free may be just the thing. Not only is it affordable, it is also quite durable for its price.
You may also enjoy using this if you have bad hips and a regular dual-strap backpack is out of the question. The sling design reduces the amount of strain placed on the hips.
Another interesting quality is the small capacity and design. Of course, for those who need to carry more than a couple of pounds on a daily basis, this may not be ideal.
Last but not least, if you like the design of MOLLE military-style backpacks and shoulder bags, this one definitely fits the bill.
- Adjustable sling strap
- Multiple internal pockets
- Three external compartments
- MOLLE straps
Overview of features
The backpack is made of 600D polyester. It’s a breathable and lightweight material that dries pretty quickly; some people would say that it’s an advantage over nylon. Whether or not that’s true is really matter of personal preference.
Due to its modular design, the pack can be used in a variety of situations. It serves as an EDC sling pack, a first-aid kit pack, a school bag, even as a less obvious diaper bag. Seeing as it’s cheap there’s obviously not a lot more storage capacity.
Due to the low cost, some other compromises have been made. It looks like the seams aren’t as perfect as they maybe should be. However, the quality of the zippers is OK and even the water-repellent coating performs well in light rain or high humidity areas.
The overall durability is so-so. Obviously, the 600D polyester is resistant to tearing, especially for urban use, but the seams drag the overall rating down. The top handle is heavy duty which is always nice to see.
There’s also a double zip closure featured for extra security against pickpockets. The adjustability of the sling strap is also nice as you can easily switch between a left-sided and a right-sided strap.
At the same time, you can choose to use it as a handbag with just a few adjustments.
When it comes to outdoorsy applications, the backpack is probably not the ideal choice. While it can handle some rough conditions, it doesn’t have the carry capacity or ideal compartmentalization.
The interior of the main compartment is divided into multiple sleeves and pockets which limits the number of essential items and clothes that you can pack for a two or three-day camping trip.
The main compartment is just less than 9.9” in height and 7.87” wide. The depth of 5.5” would give it decent volume if not for the large lower back pocket which eats up about a third of the depth.
How to use
You won’t need an instruction manual to make good use of this G4Free sling backpack. The zippers work rather smoothly and the MOLLE straps are in plain sight and very secure.
You’ll just need to get the proper MOLLE attachments separately as there’s no support for SlingStick attachments, nor are any included.
G4Free may have designed this backpack for light urban use but that doesn’t mean that a bigger pack can’t be a better choice for some people. What if you want just one pack which you can take easily to and from places without worrying about wear and tear?
This is probably where Reebow Gear comes in. This manufacturer has a similar tactical sling backpack that’s a bit large and comes with less sway. There are two additional small straps that help keep it from rocking to the sides if you’re running or trying to maintain balance.
The Reebow Gear tactical sling backpack doesn’t offer much color variety but works just as well in the city as the shooting range or a hunting trip. It also has a non-compartmentalized main pocket which allows a lot more packing freedom.
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Regardless if the G4Free tactical sling backpack has enough storage capacity for your needs, there’s no denying that it’s a bargain. It has good quality overall and its modular design lets you get even more use out of it.
In comparison, the Reebow Gear sling backpack is not a bad deal either. It’s larger and a bit more comfortable and better suited if you’re an outdoorsman.