Exos-Gear is a fairly new company in the pack game. However, they are making quite the entrance with the great looking Bravo tactical style pack. Exon-Gear reached out and sent me their Bravo pack to review as well as their Commuter style pack. Most of the packs I review here at RMK are not for the budget shopper or one that does not want to drop $300 for a backpack. Another thing I love to review here at RMK is packs built in the US just to support our country. Again, this is great but for those wanting to get a great looking pack and not break the bank the Bravo is the way to go.
The Bravo is built from full 600D Polyester which is not the normal 1000D-500D Cordura I love, however right now you can get the Bravo pack for $35 which is almost 1/10th the price of the other bags I review here at RMK. The 600D Poly is still a great fabric and will battle through almost anything with you. The Bravo pack, coming in at 33L is also a perfect size for EDC or a day pack. I opted for the Grey color, there is also Coyote, Black, and OD green.
On the very front of the pack, there are six rows of MOLLE webbing that will allow you to attach external pouches or carabiner, etc. Above the MOLLE webbing there is the Exos-gear Logo. There is also a 2x3 velcro strip for adding all of your morale patches on the upper left-hand side of the pack which is a must have for a pack of this style.
The top front pocket on the Bravo is a perfect size to fit you quick grab items such as phone, headphones, knife, chapstick, keys wallet and whatever else you need at a moments notice.
Below this pocket, there is larger space for anything else you need to get at fast or can be used as a nice admin pocket. On the inside, there is a small pocket that can be used to hold a small journal or some field notes. In front of this pocket, there are a few sleeve pockets that can hold pens and pencils.
Moving on to the first of the large compartments of the Bravo pack. This pocket runs the entire length of the pack and has a sleeve pocket that is where I would store my external charger and hard drive just in case. In front of this pocket, there is also a small mesh pocket to add to the storage. Since this pocket runs the entire length of the pack I decided this is where I would store my Maxpedition Beefy EDC I have built (And will be reviewing very soon.) There is plenty of room for more in this pocket however I was just on a quick day hike so I did not need a ton of gear.
Right behind the first main compartment there is the larger “Main” pocket. In this compartment, I had my GR1 and GR2 Field pouches for all of my DSLR and GoPro gear. I also had a rain shell packet in on top and still had plenty of room. On the back side of this compartment, there is a zippered pocket that is almost the same size as the front stash pocket. On the front side of the compartment, there is a large mesh pocket that can hold anything else you want to keep from sinking to the bottom of the bag like chargers, or cameras.
On either side of the Bravo, there are two compression straps. These straps do a great job at keeping the bag low profile when fully loaded or when you have the pack mostly empty. You can also use these straps as a way to carry overflow from the main compartments like rope or outer layers. On the very bottom of the pack, there is also a few compression straps to further aid to keeping a low profile look and feel. On all of the straps, the Bravo has there are small elastic strap holders. I found this to be an absolutely awesome feature as a ton of tactical or other packs have much-needed compression straps, however, it is a sore sight having all of the excess straps fly around during the day. A great addition by Exos-gear here.
The back panel is very padded and mesh backed for extra breathability. Along with the back panel, both shoulders straps are also well padded with mesh backs. I noticed the back panel along with the padded straps prove very comfortable while I was on the trail. I had about 20lbs in this pack and it carried very well. The Bravo also comes with an included sternum strap and removable hip belt. I used both of these while on my hike and they helped carry the weight. If you are looking into this pack for any hardcore events such as a Goruck I think it could get through it, however, I don't know how many it could after that. But again this is not a $300 pack and for 1/10th the cost it really is a great deal.
Behind the back panel and between the main compartment there is a padded water bladder sleeve that held my 3L Osprey bladder easily. At the very top there is a slot to run your hose through and out to one of the shoulder straps of the pack. This pocket can also hold my 13inch Macbook Pro and possibly a 15 inch. If you plan on using this pocket as a laptop compartment I would however get a laptop sleeve for some added protection.
The zippers on the Bravo are not the normal YKK like on my other backpacks, however, they all run very smoothly and I have not had any problems so far.
- An amazing price point of $35
- Great tactical look
- Tons of pocket for storage
- Padded straps and back panel
- Water bladder sleeve
- Compression straps with elastic strap holders
- 4 different colors to choose from
- Velcro strip for your patches
- Made in China
- Not Cordura with YKK zippers
Overall the Bravo by Exos-gear is a complete pack capable of being your EDC, range bag, school backpack, or hiking pack. With 4 different colors to choose from, plenty of storage for your whole kit, and a price point of $35 I am not sure you can find a better pack. For the people who are not quite ready to drop $250-$300 on a backpack, this is your next pack.