Normally I try to write about gear that is made right here in the US. However, there are many other companies out there that pride themselves on making the best gear with the best materials across the pond. Greenroom136 is one of these companies. Based out of Malaysia, Greenroom was founded in 2011 by Patrick Lim.
I originally purchased the Rainmaker Medium backpack from Amazon for a very reasonable $125 with free shipping from prime. After seeing the build quality of the pack and finding that I could get a custom Rainmaker in Large built I had to try it out. Most bags that are handmade and built with the very best materials will cost you much more. At $125 USD the Rainmaker is an absolute steal. The Large Tactical version of the bag is only $127 US on Greenroom’s website. The custom will run you a bit more depending on what you have extra thrown in.
"Custom Fidlock Buckles"
The Rainmaker is constructed from 1000D Cordura and a 420D inner liner. The two compression buckles on each side do not come stock as I had some Fidlock magnetic buckles added on for around $20 US. I recommend anyone who opts for the custom pack to add these buckles as they allow for super easy opening and closing of the pack. The whole Rainmaker is sealed with all YKK zippers. Every zipper on the bag is protected by a flap of Cordura to insure no water gets on the inside of the bag. While these flaps are great for keeping out water or dust they do make finding the small zippers somewhat of a hassle. I plan to combatant this by adding my normal 550 Paracord and Heat shrink wrap combo I put on most of my bags.
"Plenty of room for everything"
The Large pack which I bought comes in at 27L. However, the bag definitely feels much larger when I start to load it up. On an average day, I would normally have my 13 inch Macbook pro, Ipad Air, Nalgene bottle, Goruck GR2 Field pouch with my DSLR, my field journal, some kind of over layer, pens/pencils, Esee 4, wallet, keys, cellphone, and still have plenty of room to spare.
At the very top of the pack there is a large grab handle. This same grab handle which is made from a seatbelt like material also runs down either side of the pack allowing you to pick it up from any angle. Behind the top grab handles there is a small loop to aid in hanging the pack on a hook.
On the face of the pack there is a good sized admin pocket. This pocket has plenty of room for your phone, chargers, keys, wallet, pens/pencils and whatever else you want to be able to grab quickly without opening the main pocket of the bag.
The bag’s main compartment opens almost full clamshell so you can easily pack to your needs. On the back of the main compartment, there are two rows of mollee webbing to attach extra pockets. Underneath the webbing there is an elastic pocket for documents or journals. On the front of the large main pocket there are two zippered mesh pockets for any items you want separated out of the large main compartment. I normally use these for my computer chargers, sunglasses, hard drives, and any other small items.
"Corduroy lined laptop compartment"
The laptop compartment is hands down one of the best I have used. There is plenty of room to fit my 13 inch MacBook Pro and my Ipad air on the opposite side. This is often a very overlooked part of other bag makers. Especially one marketed for the student, business man or someone looking for an all around EDC bag. I normally carry my laptop around a ton, as it is where I do all of my work. The Rainmakers laptop sleeve is not only very well padded but also lined with corduroy to add a nice soft liner for your machine. The laptop compartment also zips all the way down to allow the bag to be opened and follow TSA guidelines. The base of the laptop compartment is also heavily padded to give you some extra peace of mind when setting the pack down.
The straps on the bag are well padded and curved which allows for very comfortable and close to the body carry. The Rainmaker comes with an included sternum strap to help balance your load-out. There are also cinch buckles at the top of the shoulder straps to allow for more adjustment on your carry. I tend to have a larger chest and shoulders than most so the sternum strap is almost maxed out while I use it. This is not a huge problem however if you tend to have a larger build this is something to think about.
"Hidden Concealed Pocket"
The back panel of the bag is padded with mesh to keep your cool and comfortable on long days. Underneath the left side of the back panel there is a concealed pocket that is very hidden. This pocket is big enough to carry phones, passports, and I was actually able to fit my Glock 19 in it with a bit of work.
The only flaw I was able to find with the Rainmaker are the very small zipper pulls. With the addition of the Cordura protective flaps over the zippers, the small zipper pulls can be hard to find at times. However, this does not make or break the bag and can be easily fixed with some paracord.
- Made from best materials, 1000D Cordura, 420D pack liner, YKK zippers and buckles
- Amazing value for your $
- Handmade by people who pride themselves on their work
- Great laptop compartment
- Very padded back panel and straps
- Small zipper pulls that can be hard to find
Overall, the Rainmaker by Greenroom136 is the complete package at an amazing price for anyone looking for a handmade EDC pack that can carry your laptop and Ipad without worry. The customer service I received while ordering and sorting out all of the details on my Rainmaker pack was second to none. The people over at Greenroom136 know what they are doing.