Hazard 4 Switchback Sling Pack
SKU #: HAZ-BKP-SWTC
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40% Recommend this product (2 of 5 responses)
December 11, 2016
Good concept, poor execution
I bought this backpack two years ago and used it for a lot of different roles: for school, for hikes, and even for camping. There are some high points for this bag, but unfortunately they are overshadowed by some major issues with the bag's sling design. For the high points: this bag is tough as nails. I've had it in the heat of summer; it's been outdoors for a full weekend in the wet; it's been dragged up and down and put through it's paces and it has not blown a single seam or stitch. This bag's MOLLE webbing is also high-quality: both sturdy and yet flexible. The straps are well-padded and it has enough space to carry more than enough for a full weekend's worth of activities. A friend of mine borrowed this for a weekend camping trip and was perfectly equipped. HOWEVER, for all its benefits and excellent construction, this bag is unwieldy and awkward to use, and all of these issues are rooted around the sling-strap design. The sling-strap concept is excellent: with a simple clip manipulation you can swing your bag in front of you, open it, and access all your goodies on the go. Swing the bag behind you again, adjust your shirt, and you're good to go. Unless the bag has any large amount of equipment in it of any significant weight. When the bag is full and heavy, it becomes far too large to manipulate well. The sling has to be adjusted before the bag can be brought around to your front, which is annoyingly difficult to do when the bag is both heavy and your strap tight to compensate for the weight of the bag. I have had multiple occasions where I could have theoretically used the sling feature as it was intended to, but ended up just unstrapping and unzipping my bag in the traditional way because I didn't want to risk dropping my stuff. Therefore, you end up either sacrificing storage capacity for the sake of using the strap feature, which seems pointless when the bag is so big, or you end up taking full advantage of the bag's weight and losing the sling's capabilities. This is to say nothing of the unilateral stress that the single strap exerts upon your shoulder when the bag is full. My shoulder got substantially stronger after using this bag for a month, but I'm sure that some slight injuries would have begun to result from my use of this bag. Another issue this bag has is due to the rectangular structure of the bag. The bag's base is sadly too wide for the strap arrangement, as, when there is weight in the bag, the upper right-hand corner of the bag lifts up and away from the shoulder during use. This results in the bag tending to pull away and down to the left of the back, which impedes your walking or running by constantly dragging you backward in an awkward manner, not to mention in an uncomfortable manner. Even with the use of the compression straps on the bag, the swinging still persists in throwing off your running or walking rhythm and impeding your movements. In short, this bag is nice, and it has amazing construction. However, it has simply the wrong dimensions for the sling system it has been designed with. I would most certainly buy a Hazard 4 bag again, but I would definitely pick something with the traditional backpack straps.
Pros- Tough - Durable stitching - Amazing amounts of storage space - Excellent padding - Tough MOLLE webbing
Cons- Poorly designed for full use of the unit's storage capabilities - Poorly accounted-for biomechanical concerns
January 17, 2014
Bag is nice, but he strap is short
I liked the bag itself. However, I have a 50-inch chest, and the padded portion of the strap was only long enough to extend past the top of my shoulder. Across the rest of my torso was the thinner portion. That wouldn't really be an issue if it would extend farther, but it doesn't. I ended up returning the bag. I'm giving it only 3 stars because I think being able to at least remove or replace a short strap should be a no-brainer for whoever designed it. Big guys be advised.
ConsStrap is too short. No way to swap it out with a different one.
January 17, 2014
I'm a bag guy... yeah you know... the one that carries around 4 pens and 3 flashlights. Nerd. This is my favorite by far! a little difficult on/off action but a small complaint for such a catch all sling.
September 30, 2013
This is my very first h4 product and i have to admit that they did an amazing job , Very happy with it.
ProsExellent marerial Very confy Looks good Lots of pockets
June 28, 2013
Get it if you like it
I had been looking at this bag for a long time wondering if i really need a sling bag like this. Now, i have been carrying this bag for almost a month and I will suggest do not hesitate buying it if you feel yourself liking it. It totally worth it. It's my first time wearing a sling bag. I have to admit it does feel more tiring than double strap backpacks. But I soon get used to it. The versatility you get is absolutely awesome. It put a smile on my face every time I sling it :) Also I will recommend having a hazard4 divider with it to separate some storage space when needed. Very useful add-on. The quality of the material is noticeable superior than those cheap under 50 dollars tactical bags. This is a worthwhile investment.
4 Questions & 4 Answers
from Charlotte, NC asked:
August 5, 2014
What is Hazard 4's warranty on their bags?
for one year from the original date of purchase (original sales receipt required). This warranty covers the product for the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship. If the product ever fails during the warranty period due to a manufacturing or material defect, then Civilian Lab will repair or replace with like product at our discretion. This warranty does not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear, accident, improper use, or the natural break down of colors and materials over time.
on August 5, 2014
from mt asked:
August 28, 2013
do you know of any plans to make it in od green?
We are not aware if Hazard 4 has any plans to make this Sling Pack in OD Green.
on August 29, 2013
May 14, 2013
How much does this pack weigh empty?
This Hazard 4 Pack weighs 2.9 pounds when empty.
on May 14, 2013
March 5, 2013
I would like to ask you some questions Do you offer shipping in uk? How much does it cost? There are duties to add? thanks
Yes, we ship to the UK. If you add the item to your cart and enter your address, you will see how much shipping will be.
on March 5, 2013
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