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New from Alpha One Niner – Recon Three Backpack

Alpha One Niner just rolled out their latest pack, a light travel or minimalist EDC pack called the Recon Three Backpack. Like everything else from Alpha One Niner, this pack has the durability and materials you would expect from a tactical pack, the style you would expect from a fashion line, and the organization features of a travel bag.

The Recon Three has a top loading, 925 cubic inch main compartment that can be slimmed down via snaps that compress the top of the bag for a close-fitting, tapered shape. The flap lid has a zippered pass through pocket and is secured via a webbing strap and ITW GT Cobra buckle. The front of the bag features a large zippered stash pocket that is accessible from the outside and a deep zippered pocket under the flap. The main compartment also features a small zippered hanging pocket for small item organization.

The shoulder straps are straight in shape and padded. The bag has both a top and side carry handle. The back of the Recon Three features a pass through that can be used to nest on the pull handle of rolling carry-on luggage and/or to tuck in the shoulder straps.

The Recon Three was not necessarily designed to carry computers and tablets but it can. The bag is padded with closed cell foam to help it keep its shape and protect the contents. The front, outside accessible stash pocket is large enough to accept a tablet and the inside front pocket can accept some 13″ notebooks computers.

Four color and fabric options are available: Ripstop Black, 500D Wolf Grey, 500D Kryptek Typhon, and 500D Multicam Black. See the video below for a full walk-through of the bags features.


EVADE Backpack from Alpha One Niner

A19-Recon9-04-LoResYou may remember Alpha One Niner from when they launched their first product, the RECON ONE, via Kickstarter. Since that time, the Alpha One Niner portfolio of tactical gear inspired travel and EDC goods has grown considerably.

Alpha One Niner is the brainchild of Helm Ashiblie of SERT, Sneaky Bags, and other ventures. His work literally takes him around the world on a weekly basis which gives him a great perspective on what people really need in a travel bag. Helm previously designed the SERT Penumbra to serve as his ultimate travel backpack (I reviewed that bag on these pages and still use it daily) but this time he enlisted the help of the EDC Forums readership to help design a new bag called the EVADE Backpack.

If you like the Penumbra, you’ll like the EVADE. Helm’s design influence can be seen throughout the bag. In some ways, it looks like a scaled down version of the Penumbra but to assume that would sell short the several new features that the EVADE tucks away in its nylon shell.A19-Recon9-05-LoRes

Starting from the front of the EVADE and moving back, you first find a large loop Velcro field for patches and ID. That loop field is sewn to the outside of the large admin pocket which boasts several organization features included a padded slip pocket for electronics, pen slots, a lanyard, and tons more slip pockets of various sizes. This compartment also has an attachment point for the new Matroskya Pouches which are essentially removable internal pouches that are sold separately.

The next compartment moving toward the back is the main compartment. It represents most of the pack’s 1650 cubic inches of volume. The compartment is designed to open very wide and is secured with a zipper and two side mounted compression straps. It features two internal mesh pockets which is a common element of Helm’s designs and another mounting point that will accept a large Matroskya Pouch. The Matroskya Pouch mounts at the top of the compartment allowing you to essentially segment the main compartment and simply flip the Matroskya Pouch out of the way to access your other gear.

Moving back from the main compartment you find an elastic slip pocket on each side and a generous laptop compartment. The slip pockets are perfect for water bottles or similar gear. The laptop compartment is padded and will accept up to a 17″ laptop or tablet.

Hidden behind the EVADE’s padded back panel is a loop Velcro lined, zipper closed concealment pocket. This can be used for carrying a handgun in a Velcro backed holster or as a place to store documents or a tablet.


The EVADE also has nicely padded shoulder straps and a padded grab handle. There are webbing loops that can be strung with shock-cord to create a bungee storage matrix on the front of the pack.

The EVADE Backpack is available in a number of color and fabric options. You can check out the EVADE Backpack at Alpha One Niner. If you “Like” Alpha One Niner on Facebook, they will provide you with a 20% coupon code that will save you some cash on your own EVADE Backpack.


Alpha One Niner Launch

You may remember the really slick RECON ONE Tablet Caddy & Bag Kickstarter Campaign that we mentioned several months ago. That bag and campaign has now launched an entire brand.


Alpha One Niner is the brainchild of Helm Ashiblie of SERT USA and other ventures. He certainly knows how to make quality gear. Alpha One Niner is more of a life style brand than his other brands. Their bags aren’t not “tactical” bags but you can certainly see the influence of the tactical arena in their design and materials.

They have a number of bags and pouches available at their initial launch including the RECON ONE which has some of the coolest, tablet-centrique design features you will find in a bag. Check out AlphaOneNiner.com.


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