The Best Bug Out Bag For The Money

by A-Poc

bug out bag

When planning your bug out bag, probably the most important thing to consider is the bag itself.  There are lots of options for a bug out bag, but you really want something that is durable and rugged.  You never know what kind of punishment it may have to take.

I prefer a pack with MOLLE attachments just because there is almost no end to the different things you can add to it.  Plus, I use some MOLLE compatible pouches everyday, like my cell phone case, that I could easily attach to my bug out bag if I wanted or needed to.  When looking at MOLLE packs, there are a lot of lower quality packs out there that you want to stay away from.  In fact, you kind of have to look pretty hard to find the good stuff.

Broken SnapI personally have and love the Maxpedition VULTURE-II for my bugout bag.   It is 1000 denier nylon fabric as opposed to the 600 denier that you normally find.  It also has YKK  zippers and Duraflex buckles.  I have tried some of the other low quality brand equipment and have not been happy with them.  I haven’t tried the packs, but I have tried some of the attachment accessories and have had zippers break, and almost always a snap breaks.

The VULTURE-II has 2810 cu in of space which is ample space for a 72 hour bug out bag.  I also really like how far this bag opens up. I like that I can easily get to the stuff I have packed into the bottom of it because it zips open so far. It is a great bag for camping as well.  Vulture II Main CompartmentIf you like to get out and go camping every now and then, it is a good idea to test out the equipment you have in your bug out bag.  You may find that you are packing stuff you don’t need or are forgetting to pack something vital.  This is where you will notice the difference between the lower quality packs and the better ones.  The lower quality packs won’t be able to take the abuse that the better constructed ones will.  This is where I notice the lower quality zippers and things not holding up.  You get out to the campsite and go into a pouch several times during the day and the next thing you know, the zipper is broken.

Vulture II Shoulder StrapsThe VULTURE-II also has a zippered pocket for a 100 oz water bladder like a Camelbak.  The good thing about this is, one of the most important things you will need to pack in a bug out bag is water.  Having a built in pouch for a water bladder means the weight of the water will sit right on your hips and be close to your body to keep from pulling you backwards.  This would be real noticeable if you had to hike for a ways. At this point, I would also like to say that this pack is real comfortable. It is so adjustable, that you can get it to fit just perfect for your body. I helped someone adjust this pack to fit while it had about 80 lbs in it and he weighed 280 lbs and had a 42″ waist. There was still room for adjustment and we got it to where he felt like it would be easy to carry for quite a ways.

Vulture II Admin CompartmentThere are other bags out there that are more expensive, but I think the Maxpedition Vulture II gives you the most bang for your buck.  It is a large pack, but not too large, and it is comfortable, versatile, and very rugged.  I don’t think you can go wrong by getting this pack for a 72 hour bug out bag.  Once you start filling it with the items you will need in an emergency, you will see just what a great investment this is.

Pick up a Maxpedition VULTURE-II here. It is the best bug out bag you can get for the money, in my opinion.

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Darren October 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Are there any American Made buyout bags you would recommend, like a Kafiru model, or some other maker? One way to avoid dire consequences where we might need a bugout bag is to support one another economically. We’ve GOT to stop subsidizing foreign labor! Thanks.

Harold August 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Darren, if we buy goods produced cheaper by foreign labor, we benefit directly. They have our dollars and can buy stuff from us, if we produce it. You may want to ask yourself why our stuff is so much more expensive, and why we no longer produce as much stuff. Hint: government regulation, taxation, corporatism, protectionism, etc.

Josh August 18, 2012 at 12:43 am

I completely disagree. I originally built my bug out bag with this backpack but I found it was much too small. I ended up ditching this bag for the 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack @ $169.99. Besides more organizational opportunity built in to the 5.11 pack, the 5.11 pack has a main compartment zipper that spans from the base of the bag all the way to the base on the other side. This allows you to open the bag completely to be able to pack/unpack the bag more efficiently. Also, I am 5’9 and 270lbs with a 56″ chest, I found the 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack to be worlds more comfortable with an extreme load (80 lbs).

Glenda November 9, 2012 at 12:00 am

I’m looking for a great bob for women. Im a newbie at this, have done some research and I find the backpacks made for women are really colorful and all have frames which adds weight. They also seem to all open at top making you dig for you needed items. I think i may be a little panicky and want to find things quick. So far i have entertained the vulturell, 5.11 tactical rush with noab 10, and a pos i forget which one.. Would appreciate any input. Oh and a good lite weight tent if you know of one. Thanks

vman March 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Anyone here ever had an Eberlestock?
I’m thinking the Bigmouth Dragonfly J107m w/ added spike duffel.
nearly 8000 cu in of space.
forget the 72 hr bag, I’m thinking 2 months would be more practical. 🙂

Andrea August 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

One of the best backpacks we have is from LL Bean. Originally it was used by one of my teens for school. Seriously on of the best things ever. It’s extremely well made – LL Bean guarantees them for life. After what that thing has gone through being used for school, I can tell its disaster ready!

Chris November 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Thanks for the info. I agree with Andrea, LL Bean Makes awesome bags. I have one that is more than 10 years old that I have taken all over the world. The Vulture II that you mention in the post looks like it is worth testing out though.

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