Here’s the continuation of my TAD Fast Pack Lite Speed review. (See here for the first part) This pack is certainly full of molle. I wonder if it is necessary or just another ‘marketing’ gimmick. I wonder if there are any real soldiers who would carry a Lite Speed into battle. The more I look at this pack, the more it reminds me of the GoRuck Bullet Ruck. The outside shape and size looks similar. Time to take a look inside the Lite Speed.
Note to self: Goruck the next ‘to buy item’?
I love packs that offer ease of accessibility. Top loading packs are way too hard for me simply because I hate to dive inside the pack to look for stuff. IMHO, clam shell design, Mystery Ranch Tri-Zips or top to bottom zipper MSR1 pack that Garrison Packs made for me are the sort of design that makes practical everyday use packs. They make access and management of contents so much easier. The fact that the LiteSpeed has storage pockets on the inside of the front lid is an added bonus. An added advantage when one can keep smaller items like wallet, phones, pen drives etc in an easy to access part of the bag.
Most front opening design packs would have some sort of side compression. The compression straps are meant to compress the pack as well as to take the stress off the zippers (especially when the pack is overstuffed). As I understand, this is also an important feature in military type of carrying systems. It helps to keep things inside the pack compressed, minimizing rattling noise…hence less chance of giving the soldier away.
I understand the two side compression straps but what I dont get is the top compression straps that goes from the front of the pack to…of all places…to the shoulder straps. This I find extremely annoying. The Kifaru Marauder has this compression strap as well but it is attached to the main pack itself and not the shoulder straps. Accessing the main compartment means having to unbuckle the two buckles and this is a major annoying feature of the pack.
Okay, granted this LiteSpeed pack of mine is not the most current model. TAD has been listening to its customers (that’s what many forums saying) and has done away with this two annoying top straps. This is great but unfortunately they have also replaced the straps I like on this model with a new one…which I think really lacks imagination in all sense, Then again that’s just me. See the ‘current’ Tad LiteSpeed design.
I love the easy access clam shell design. The shoulder straps work wonders for bigger persons but does not suit small built at all. The easy access pockets on the inside of the front lid is great!
I dislike the molle covered body and the ridiculous price for such a small pack. Unfortunately, this TAD Fast Pack LiteSpeed falls in the category of ‘fan’ following rather than anything that is really practical for everyday use. Its one of the brands that guys want to have to be part of the ‘herd’…to be one of those guys who can afford a TAD.
Well guess what? I am one of those suckers! That concludes my tTAD Fast Pack LiteSpeed review.
~ To each his own ~