Here is my take on the TAD Fast Pack LiteSpeed. TAD brand is well known and I have read resounding praise of it on forums, blogs, videos etc. TAD website looks undoubtedly badass. It is a brand name that makes you want to be part of the ‘pack’…to be one of the ‘esteemed’ owners. I have seen some of their products been carried by people at my old workplace but I just could not get around forking out money for them new. That is until recently when someone posted one on a local buy/sell site for cheaps.
Somehow, this is a small pack with all sorts of configuration you can ever imagine. There’s rows and rows of PALS and MOLLE for you to attach almost every imaginable pouch etc. The generous velcro patch on the front screams for attention. I can see why many like this feature on the pack. I decided to put the pack against my Kifaru Marauder Gen 1 and see how the two compare.
I told myself I would stay away from military like packs (read my post here). But the chance to own and try out a TAD pack is hard to say no to. At the very least I now own a TAD pack and I can now stake a claim to the TAD owner’s pedestal.
But truth be told, the only thing I really like about the TAD Fast Pack LiteSpeed is the shoulder straps. I carried the pack for a few weeks to work daily (been commuting on bus) and I find the shoulder straps much better in terms of comfort compared to the Kifaru Marauder. I have written about my dismay with the Kifaru shoulder straps here and although it is an easy solution of snapping on the chest straps, the LiteSpeed shoulder strap curves seems to be ‘naturally’ more comfortable. Now, to think of it …the LiteSpeed shoulder straps reminds me of the SOTech’s Mission Pack. The LiteSpeed shoulder straps is without fault though. On a smaller frame body, it is a bit too long.
Note to self: find time to write about the SOTech Mission Pack.
The LiteSpeed pack is rated to be around 22L and I read that it is designed as a daily carry (which is great I suppose). Some say it is also good for 1 to 3 days trip. I find the pack way to small for anything more than a day. Its great for daily work commute but I would not push it any further than that. Yes, I know I can attach pouches etc on the outside but I don’t appreciate carrying a pack that looks like barnacles are growing on it. I don’t think they look cool at all. I see people carrying that sort of packs in a civilian setting as nothing short of humorous.
To be continued…