Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger 0432
SKU #: MaxP-0432
The largest Gearslinger®
The Kodiak™ is the granddaddy of Fixed Strap Gearslingers, optimized to meet rugged and urban conditions and offering enhanced space with additional pockets and all the great Gearslinger® features. This single shoulder backpack is designed to maximize utility when rotated towards front of body and fits up to 15.4" laptop computer.
It's hard to believe a bag of this size would be so comfortable, but the Kodiak is designed durably with high carry potential, so it's always ready for domestic or international travel. If you're looking for maximum space and utility combined with instant accessibility, this is the everyday carry for you.
GEARSLINGER® FIXED STRAPS
The ergonomic fixed-strap Gearslinger® rotates 270 degrees to the front of the body, giving you complete top-down access to horizontal pockets. You can easily get to your gear while sitting, standing or moving throughout your day.
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Main Interior Rear
44% Recommend this product (4 of 9 responses)
December 24, 2015
Is it really a good bag?
I thought that this was the bag for me. It is just the right size for a day pack. The external water bottle is a nice feature. The external pouches are great for quick access to things like flashlights small tools etc. The concealed carry access is great for everyday use and when traveling by air it's perfect for quick access to papers, boarding passes, car rental info. The main pouch holds laptop and iPad along with all my repair tools and parts. I am a Master Parachute rigger and can tell you that the construction quality of this bag is very good. The cinch straps do need to have a stop sewn on the end or they will constantly be unthreading and falling off. I initially was not thrilled with the single strap and no option for a second strap like other manufacturers have. After about 2 years of everyday carry I hate the single strap. Carry of weight on one side long term turns out to be very bad for you. I now have back and nerve problems and I am in much pain and looking at surgery to correct if rehab doesn't work. Do not get this bag if you are going to be carrying any weight, you will regret it. I wish I had never bought this bag. I'm looking at maybe a 5.11 Rush 12 or something similar as a replacement but it will have 2 straps whatever I get. I think 5.11 makes a bag with an optional single or duel strap.
ProsPerfect size for a day bag. Quality of construction good. external water bottle is handy.
ConsCinch straps do not have a stop sewn in and constantly come loose and dangle. No option for a second strap when carrying more weight. One sided carry of much weight over long term is damaging to your body.
July 17, 2015
husband's new favorite toy
I bought this as a birthday gift for my husband and he loves it!
SF Bay Area
April 6, 2014
The best ever!
The best EDC bag ever. Just the right size. The Sitka was nice but the Kodiak is even better.
January 8, 2014
I am a certified backpack junkie. Over the years I have become a bit of a Maxpedition junkie as well. Maxpedition products are well thought out and well made and I have enjoyed there products in the past, so when it was time to re evaluate my EDC pack I turned to Maxpedition. I finally decided on the Kodiak Gearslinger. I have a habit of loading my packs to the brim with this, that and the other thing turning my EDC into some kind of survival kit. The Kodiak is big enough to carry my laptop, tablet, pens, flashlight, snacks, water and a few other things but not so big that it is easily overloaded. I have been using it for 2 weeks and I am very happy with my purchase.
ProsComfortable Lots of compartments decent space lots of molle loops - once again a great opertunity to overload my pack with all of Maxpeditions pouches :(
ConsThis is barely a con but I feel should be noted. In the main pack area, with my 11 inch laptop and a tablet, one in each main sleeve, I find it difficult to access the middle zipper pouches with out unzipping the main compartment most the way.
December 29, 2013
Great Bag for Travel or CCW
I bought the Kodiak after purchasing the smaller Sitka bag. The Sitka is awesome, but I found that I regularly needed more bag space. The Kodiak has the additional space, plus has more internal dividers. My 15.5" laptop fits perfectly in the inner locking pocket. There are two pockets for a velcro holster, but I prefer to use the padded water bladder pouch. The bag has more to offer than is immediately evident and takes some time to realize the potential. Slinging to the front to access your cargo is perfect for international travel. I highly recommend this bag even at a relatively expensive cost.
ProsExtremely versatile. Good size. Great quality.
May 1, 2013
I purchased this bag as a replacement for a monsoon bag my cousin stole from me that I was going to use on my honeymoon. I loved the bag I had but I didn't want to order the same bag in hopes to one day get my stolen property back. Anyway... I looked into this bag as I really liked the gearslinger style bags from maxpedition. I decided on this bag because it was a good size, not too big but not too small so I was able to use it as a carry-on for the flight. We went to the jungle of Costa Rica so I needed a bag that would stand up to the activities we'd be doing. This bag was perfect! It was able to hold an extra change of clothes, my water blater and other essentials for hiking, white water rafting (in a dry bag), ziplinning, and other daily activities, it was also put into an EDC style role while site seeing around town. I initially had the strap loose for easier on and off, but it fatigued my shoulder so I would switch it back and forth from shoulder to shoulder. Then I tightened the strap and it was a lot more comfortable and the fatigue went away. The design was perfect for sliding the pack around towards the front in order to get to my gear. It also worked great to get it off my back for me to sit on a bus, cab, or other forms of transportation without having to put it on the ground. The construction allowed me to be able to pack the bag full without worrying about busting seems or breaking the zippers. If you are looking for quality the maxpedition bags are the way to go!! I had a lot of complements from the TSA, Hotel staff, river guides, Locals and Drivers on my bag. They all loved it and asked what kind of bag it was and where I got it, and of course I was happy to tell them. I am very pleased with my purchase and it was worth every penny!! The bag surved me well while in the jungle and I know it will serve me well as the years go by. I have a lot more to tell about the bag and its features but I figured I'd sum it up just with my experience. (I may or may not do a longer review later on)
By P. Hogan
February 22, 2013
Almost an A+ bag, but not quite there.
I did a lot of research before I purchased my next bag, as I was trying to down size from 3 bags to one. I was using a duffle bag, a laptop bag, and a small bug out bag. It was getting cumbersome. So in researching I like the space and platform of the Kodiak. Space turned out to be excellent. I can carry a fullsized laptop, a change of clothes, small tolietries, batteries, back up flashlight, a small IFAK, etc without issue. It can be heavy, but the load is spreadout well. The compression straps are a plus, even though I didn't figure that into my planning. The CCW area works well for a full size M&P9, and the old 5.11 velcro holster that I have works quite well. There is no noticeable bulge when carrying the backpack. As a lefty, I decided on this pack because I always carry a firearm in an OWB holster on my left hip, and this bag let me continue to have that side unobstructed. This is why I did not choose the S type, which could be an important factor with my specific problem, but as a daily CCW'er, I cannot have any obstruction to drawing a firearm as practiced to muscle memory. The CCW opening is still very accessible when pack is pulled to front of body as designed. For my use, the firearm in this compartment is for a back up gun or in case of emergency grabing this bag will assure a firearm and 4 spare mags are on board. My complaint with this bag is the strap. They should make the inside of the strap with a material that causes more friction. It is probably the way it is so that when carried correctly slung across your chest the user can slide the pack around to access the compartments. But 99% of the time I just carry it over my right shoulder like I did with older backpacks. It always feels as if it is going to slide off, especially with the winter wear that I have (leather bomber or 5.11 winter parka). Correction, it does slide off, a lot. The shape of the strap does not lend any help to carrying this way, but I realize it is because of the design for across the chest use (it's curved kind of like a boomarang, not straight like a regular backpack strap). I've only had bag 2 months and I wonder if I would have been better off with a standard 2 strap Maxpedition bag. It is hard for a old dog to learn new tricks, as I am only carrying the bag from house to vehicle or to vehicle into work. The spring and summer might give me time to re-learn muscle memory to carry bag correctly, as I won't be as bulky with outer clothing. In closing, bag appears to be very sturdy and I like how these bags are set up. But right now the ergonomics with me and the strap are less that desireable. Please take this into account when buying a Gearslinger. I wish that I had.
By Walt S
January 25, 2013
It's good to see a product that is focused on delivering quality. You get what you pay for and more with Maxpedition.
December 27, 2012
Review for Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger 0432
Baught this pack for my 13 year old for CHRISTmas and w as really impressed with the size of this bag. Im gonna order 2 more! Thanks LA police gear for always having great quality gear:)
3 Questions & 3 Answers
from Australia asked:
January 21, 2015
Is this for Left hand carry or right hand carry ??
this would be for right hand carry.
on January 21, 2015
from Santa Barbara, California asked:
May 12, 2014
Will this fit a 15.6" laptop? I know it says up to 15.4" but is it possible to squeeze in that extra .2"?
with a bit of stretching the laptop might fit in but the material is very durable and not prone to stretch easily so it may take some work to get the material to loosen up.
on May 12, 2014
from Foley, AL asked:
May 9, 2014
what is the difference between regular and "S" type?
The difference is what shoulder you will wear the bag across. this bag is worn over the left shoulder were as the S type is worn over the right shoulder.
on May 9, 2014
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