I have been testing a prototype of a new backpack, the Alpha Pack, from Mountain Ridge Gear for the last several months. The pack has been nothing but impressive and now the production version is finally available for purchase.
The Alpha Pack is more of an admin pack than a “3 day assault pack” though its construction certainly makes it tough enough to handle just about anything. It is constructed from 1000D nylon, all cloth edges are bound, the interior is completely lined with 420 denier pack cloth, the webbing and hardware are all military grade, and the sewing cleanly executed.
Eric at Mountain Ridge Gear has a gift for designing really useful organization features. The organizer in this bag has a ton of various sized slip pockets and pouches to hold everything from multi-tools, to flashlights, to business cards, to whatever other small item you would want to carry. The organization is built into the front pouch which also happens to function as a beaver-tail style load carrying area. I use the beaver tail to carry my lunch bag to work but it can also be used to carry a rain coat or any other item you can comfortably secure.
The interior of the main pouch is large and useful. It is lined with loop material so you can add whatever pouches you want. It zips open about 2/3rds of the way down the side of the pack to allow access to the contents. The exterior bottom sides of the main pouch have 3 rows and 3 columns of MOLLE webbing that are perfect for adding bottle holders.
The Alpha pack makes a great EDC bag or office bag. I have also used the prototype extensively for traveling. This bag is versatile enough to fill a few roles. There are more features than I have listed here and more pictures than I have shown, so you should definitely head over to MountainRidgeGear.com for more details.