Source Tactical Double D 45L Hydration Cargo Pack Review
If you’re looking for an advanced tactical bag, you should check out the following review of the Source Tactical Double D 45L Hydration Cargo Pack. The price point on this pack is elevated, but for good reason. Made from 500d Cordura Fabric, the pack is a very solid option for your bug out bag equipped with hydration capabilities.
The British military actually contracts with Source Tactical for their gear, so you know it’s up to quality standards if you’re considering wear, tear and the brute punishment the pack can endure. The bag is equipped with YKK zippers so you can really utilize the bag’s 45L capacity without worrying if the zipper might bust. The buckles are duraflex on the hip-belt, compression straps as well as the sternum strap making this reconnaissance/assault cargo pack nearly invincible. It was designed specifically for ballistic vest integration as well.
The Double D 45L pack is equipped with the WLPS hydration system making this bag suitable for any mission. The Taste-Free™ System Glass-Like™ Liner technology in the water bladder and hydration tube ensures that you never get a plastic taste in your water. The Bacteria-Free™ System Grunge-Guard™ Antimicrobial technology stops bacterial growth for the life of the system. The Technologie Glass-Like™ A multi-layer Polyethylene film utilizing SOURCE’s Glass-Like™ technology prevents build up essentially making the system self-cleaning and virtually glass-like. So, in other words – you don’t really have to clean it and if you do, it’s not very often because these technologies prevent the build up and grime that you usually see in hydration bladders. Also, the Widepac™ Wide Opening Access Patented slide closure makes for easy filling, draining and cleaning.
The pack sports contoured, padded mesh shoulder straps as well as padded mesh back cushioning for ventilation – keep you cooler. It also includes velcro straps for easy line rigging for coms or tubes.
The Double D also comes with an aluminum suspension system with T formed bars and an adjustable boomerang-shaped hip-belt that can also be removed. The sides of the pack comes with MOLLE webbing for mounting accessories as needed. There are also slots for radio antennas or can be used for cable routing. It also sports two 25mm buckles for mounting a radio holder carrier, with an additional horizontal compression strap for stabilizing the radio.
The bag has a transporter flap with pockets that can be used for gear such as a rain jacket, helmet and other accessories. The pockets are 3L and expandable for extra packing room and quick access.
The top of the pack features a 2L top lid pouch and a zippered pocket for quick access to small essentials.
All in all, I really thought this bag to be 10 out of 10 on all fronts. It has just about everything you could ask for in a mid-sized tactical pack. The hydration system is a huge bonus as well as the durability of the bag itself. The only thing I see missing would be compression straps for the bottom for hauling gear, but you can’t have it all!