Saturday 28 January, 2012
I have the CED Rangebag XL and have been quite happy with it. But to be hones I was beginning to run out of space with all the stuff I carry with me to the range: 2 guns, lots of ammo, spare parts, tools, cleaning kit, medical kit/pills, water + food, kneepads, gloves, and the list goes on and on…
Recently I received the new DAA Rangepack Pro to test, and give my first impression of the product . As mentioned these are just my first impressions, as the DAA Rangepack Pro hasn’t been on the market long enough for me to do a long term test.
I really like the design! It’s overall shape is similar the old Guga Ribas backpack in that it stands upright and has a lower and upper compartment, but several features are definitely new, and it is also much bigger and with more functional features. The external material is quite rugged and I expect it will withstand a lot of abuse (time will tell). The zippers seem to be of the water resistant type and quite sturdy (even though they are not YKK-zippers). And most importunately, they are lockable! And a small combination lock and cable is included with the DAA Rangepack Pro (in additional to many other accessories).
To sum up look and feel: Good quality!
Also a little clear plastic utility box is included with the DAA Rangepack Pro , but this was much too small for my needs. My old CED XL range bag had 4 zipped pockets, where the DAA Rangepack Pro has got only 3. This meant that I had to reorganize a little to fit my stuff in the DAA Rangepack Pro. So I bought two plastic boxes (280 x 200 x 55 mm) with clear lids and small separated compartments inside to hold all my spare parts, tools, oil, etc.. It fits perfectly in the bottom of the top compartment. Even the color is a match! Actually one extra box would have filled the bill, but I got two because that allows me to bring even more stuff with me than previously.
The bottom compartment is incased by very thick (about 5mm), hard plastic walls. This is where you would transport your ammo and guns. This is good thinking because when packing a backpack it’s essential to store heavy items as low and close to your back as possible.
The plastic walls in the bottom are black. I would have preferred red walls like the rest of the DAA Rangepack Pro has on the inside – which would improve visibility and make it easier to find items inside.
It is worth noting that this inner compartment can easily be removed, or rotated upwards. This will allow the bag to compress smaller – which would make it compatible with Airline carry-on size restrictions. A handy feature, as when the compartment is in place, the bag may be too deep to be used as a carry.
The shoulder straps and back of the DAA Rangepack Pro are thickly padded making it comfortable to wear, even when fully loaded. With 900 rounds of .40, 2 guns, drinking water and all your stuff, carrying the DAA Rangepack Pro sure is much easier than dragging a 20 kg regular range bag around.
Even though it’s got only 3 external compartments, there is no doubt that the DAA Rangepack Pro will hold more stuff than the CED XL range bag – and in a more clever way.
The DAA Rangepack Pro includes a small chair, which actually is high enough to provide a decent resting position for me. But the feet are quite small, so on soft wet ground it tends to sink in. However – I was able to use the straps to hold a Walkstool (with big feet) which provides better comfort. But comparing the DAA Rangepack Pro’s chair to a 70Euro Walkstool isn’t a fair comparison. Personally I will probably use the included chair whenever I’m flying to a match (because it weighs less than my Walkstool and provides a decent rest), and when traveling by car I’ll probably use the Walkstool.
I have only found one thing I didn’t like about the DAA Rangepack Pro: The water bladder looks rather cheap and is thereby in direct contrast to the rest of the DAA Rangepack Pro. But to be fair it actually does work OK but I just don’t like the look and feel of it.
The water bladder should tolerate from minus 20 to plus 50 degrees Celsius, so you should have the option of filling it 2/3’s and storing in the freezer overnight. Only fill it to 2/3’rds because water expands when frozen. When you pack it in your DAA Rangepack Pro next day you’ll have cold water for a long time while the ice melts. If you don’t like the water bladder, you can either replace it with an original Camelbak bladder (which fits nicely) or you can use the side pocket to store a huge drinking bottle instead (I was able to squeeze in a 2 liter PET-bottle).
There are a lot of well thought-out practical features in the DAA Rangepack Pro (too many to sum up). But just to mention a few:
- A clasp that allows you to pack away the shoulder straps (practical when flying)
- Top handle in nice quality for carrying your DAA Rangepack Pro by your side
- Metal loops on the DAA Rangepack Pro allow you to attach carabin hooks to carry extra stuff on the outside of the bag
- Small zipper compartment located on top holds a rain cover for when the rain gets really heavy. I actually tried the bag in rainy winter weather without the rain cover and the inside never got wet. So I’ll only use the cover for REALLY heavy rain.
- One carabin hook is included with the bag (can be used to hold your competition rig). In my opinion you should buy an extra one, to prevent your rig from swinging.
- Red interior making it easier to locate your equipment
To sum it all up:
Would I recommend it? Absolutely yes!
In my opinion this is the best solution to “life on the range” available right now. It gives you a finished package that provides all you need – maybe except an umbrella which most IPSC-shooters have at home. It has lots of practical features and after evaluating I can tell that a lot of thought must have gone into designing this product.
Sure, a couple of elements could be improved (water bladder, chair, more plastic boxes), but for 189 Euros this really is great value for money.
This is in my opinion a product much better configured than the CED XL range bag and I can’t imagine myself switching back to a normal range bag after trying this.
Big – holds ALL my stuff (easily).
Quality of material
Very comfortable to carry
Well thought out practical functions
Water bladder looks cheap (but does function ok)
Could use 1 extra external pocket, however problem is easily resolved by an extra box (I got 2).
Portable chairs feet seem too small for wet ground– it sinks in.
Ralf K. Jensen
Friday 06 January, 2012
Bought two, 1 for my F.I.L and 1 for myself... The backpack looks awesome with lots of compartment available and enought to store lots of ammo... Ideal for overseas shoot use. Keep up the good work! Good services given too with prompt reply to Question emailed to this Website.
Thursday 01 December, 2011
Got one and after first "Filling-Test" with 1-day-equipment for two Divisons (Open & Revolver) the judgement is clear: this backpack is second to none and the very much better way to carry all your stuff around the range than using a big rangebag which always bothers you and your shoulder with all the weight with a single belt on one spot - no comparison when using the Backpack. And astonishingly you really get all your needs in that various pockets, chambers a.s.o. So for sure: my new favorite partner out there! :-)
Saturday 12 November, 2011
amazing range bag ...!!!! it comes to me very soon.... a lot of space to put everything ...