Could this be a fake Camelbak Trizip?

Could this be a fake Camelbak Trizip?
Could this be a fake Camelbak Trizip?

I recently scored a used Camelbak Trizip on evilbay and was so looking forward to be receiving it. Before it arrived, I already have some serious ideas in my head on how to organize my stuff inside the pack. After all, the Trizip is a collaboration with the famous Mystery Ranch pack maker and since I don’t have a the dough to splurge on a MR pack, I guess this will have to do…for now.

The package arrived…I opened it…then it hit me. Could this be a fake Camelbak Tri-Zip? Every picture and description on the auction listing seems to check out but I missed one important aspect of the pack. The ‘Camelbak’ embroidery on the lid of the pack. I did look at a new and original Camelbak Trizip at OGM in the past and I recalled  some embroidery on the pack but there seems to be none on this pack.

This Camelbak Trizip seems to missing the embroidery
This Camelbak Trizip seems to missing the embroidery

This ‘realization’ is kinda bummer. I hate the thought of paying a good price for what seems to be a fake item. This is especially true since Camelbak seems to have discontinued (taken off the Camelbak military  site) this model. I wanted to own one before they hit the ‘collectors’ list.

The strange thing is…putting aside the fact that the embroidery is missing, the rest of this pack seems to be legit. The buckles, the number of molle rows, the workmanship and detailed design of the pack seems to be spot on. I did some comparison of my packs with some really good closeup and detailed shots available on the Carryology website. I am rather stumped.

Buckles seems legit
Buckles seems legit
Everything else seems to be in place
Everything else seems to be in place

The only possibilities I can think of as to why this Camelbak Tri Zip does not come with the embroidery is it is an old generation of Tri Zip or…somebody missed putting this pack into the embroidery machine in the factory. As long as it is done deliberately or otherwise and this is not a fake Camelbak Tri Zip, then I am happy.

The back panel of the pack
The back panel of the pack

I did contact the seller and he told me the pack is authentic as far as he in concerned. Ah well…how is one gonna argue with that. While I hate the thought of owning a fake Camelbak TriZip, I can’t say I fancy that embroidery anyway. So, maybe all is well at the end of the day.

For now, I am going to replace my EDC Kifaru with my ‘fake Camelbak TriZip’ and see how it goes. After all, owning a one of a kind TriZip can’t be that bad.