Review: SOC Bugout Bag #5016

I went back and forth between several backpacks before I settled on the SOC (Sandpiper of California) Bugout Bag model 5016-O-FG. There are many excellent and capable tactical packs so deciding on which one to buy was very difficult. It is not hard to find a good bag but the problem is that there are many very good bags from which to choose. If I had the decision to make again I would choose the same bag.

This is a very large tactical backpack. The dimensions are 21″ x 15″ x 9″ with a volume of 2,000 in3 (normal) or 3,300 in3 (expanded). The bag is hefty and weights about 5.5 lbs. I chose the green color so that it would more easily blend in to many environments. The bag comes with a lifetime guarantee and has these features:

  • Expandable main compartment
  • Lots of pockets, compartments, and organizer panel
  • Aluminum back stays
  • Hydration compatible (back pocket)
  • Padded waist belt with compression straps, and sternum strap
  • Rugged exterior
  • Tuck-away shoulder strays and belt
  • MOLLE/PALS panel
  • Sternum strap

I like Bugout packs that have lots of packets and compartment for organizing equipment. When loaded with all of my Bugout supplies it is only about 1/3 filled. The rest of the space can be used for additional, food, clothes, and supplies that can be added as necessary. One problem with many Bugout Bags is they have little or no spare space.

Sandpiper of California