Elite Survival Systems is a US based company manufacturing premium quality tactical nylon equipment for military, law enforcement and the shooting enthusiast. I was offered an opportunity to review their products. The one that stood out to me was the Stealth Backpack.
The backpack comes in three different color schemes. Black with gray accents, gray with orange accents, and indigo with gray accents. I opted for the gray with orange.
- Lightweight nylon exterior provides a discreet, sports-pack style
- 500 denier nylon inside for maximum durability
- Entire main compartment is lined with velcro loop for complete customization
- Adjustable tie-down system and muzzle sleeve to secure weapon
- Quick-access handgun compartment
- Padded sides and bottom protect firearms
- Accessory compartment has both velcro and PALS webbing for adding pouches
- Mesh pocket adds visibility for parts, etc.
- Front compartment has admin panel for paperwork, ID, keys, etc.
- S-shaped backpack straps, sternum strap, and molded carry handle
- Heavy-duty #10 covered zippers with quiet easy-pull tabs
- Removable waist strap with zippered pockets and quick-release buckle
- Vented back panel with lumbar support
- Adjustable compression straps
- Bottle pocket on both sides
- Weight: 4.375 lbs, Dims: 25″ x 12″ x 9″
- Patent pending
I was interested in a rifle backpack since I enjoy my Vanquest Rackit-36. The Rackit-36 works well but it is a little too tall and has velcro on the outside. While that is nice for patches, it still looks suspicious. The large size is conspicuous as well.
The smaller size of the Stealth backpack seems a little bit easier to carry a rifle without drawing attention. The Stealth backpack is somewhat like a medium sized hiking backpack. It has a waist strap with pockets and helps support the weight on your hips. The back of the pack has thick padding with lumbar support. There are deep channels to allow air flow so your back does not get too sweaty while using it in the heat.
There is a mesh pocket on both sides for water bottles. I was unable to fit larger 32 oz hydroflask bottle but was able to fit a 24oz hydroflask bottle.
The shoulder straps are S-shaped and have sternum straps with an emergency whistle incorporated into the buckle.
I would have liked the hardware to be all gray rather than black and gray.
Atop the pack is a carry handle with a flat molded rubber grip. I would have liked a rounded grip with an internal support just for added comfort.
The front compartment has your stereotypical admin organization for pens, business cards and other small items you carry in a backpack.
Next up is the middle compartment.
This compartment is lined with velcro covered molle strips. There is room for a secondary smaller firearm to be stored here.
You can of course customize the interior with a variety of molle pouches or velcro pouches.
Opposite of the compartment, the flap has a mesh zippered pocket for storing small items.
The main compartment allows you to store a full size AR taken down. Simply remove the upper from the lower and stash the them both inside.
The main compartment is lined with loop velcro and the Stealth backpack comes with two weapon retaining strips and straps to tie down the upper and lower. The entire compartment is padded.
The Rackit-36 is longer and so allows for more variety of rifles to be stored inside. But it does not have velcro inside like the Stealth Backpack.
This Troy Pump Action Rifle only fits in the Stealth backpack if I remove the muzzle brake. Of course I could always pop the pins and stash the upper and lower separately like the rifle above.
However this is not easily done with the SCAR17S. Even if I remove the stock and lower receiver, the length would still be too long to fit inside the Stealth backpack.
The flap is also lined in loop velcro. A the top there is a small pocket that is lined in loop velcro and it used for storing a handgun.
Only the main rifle compartment has lockable zippers. I would have liked all of the zippers to be lockable as well. Another issue is the lack of a hydration bladder compartment. I could store a hydration bladder in the middle compartment but I would have to route the tube in between the zippers. Elite Survival should have a hydration tube port to allow the tube to come out but I suppose that would be a bit superflouous since there are water bottle pockets on either side of the pack.
Another minor issue is the orientation of the shoulder straps with relation to the waist belt pockets. You can see how the bottom of the shoulder straps crosses over the side pockets. This restricts access into the pockets while wearing the backpack.
I found the backpack comfortable transporting a rifle to and from the range. I suspect I could walk a while carrying a rifle in the backpack with a light load. The front pocket is large enough to store ear protection and ammo. I would like a more robust waist belt and the pockets positioned a little bit further forward. They are positioned a little too far back but that is just a personal preference. I am not sure if it is just this particular pack or the zippers they used, but I found the main compartment zippers do not seem to slide smoothly. Perhaps with more use they will break in?
The Stealth backpack is a bit pricey at a retail price of $224.95. Now while The Vanquest Rackit-36 is only $159.99 and their generation 2 version has velcro lining the main compartment, cheaper is not always better. As I mentioned above, the large size of the Rackit-36 makes it a bit more suspicious looking compared to the Stealth pack. The Stealth can carry more than the Rackit while still maintaining its subdued appearance. With the ability to customize the middle compartment, you can set up the Stealth pack to be a perfect range bag. You could set it up so that you would not need to carry anything else. You could store magazines, gear, and ammo all inside the Stealth pack along with your AR or similar broken down rifle. This is not possible with the Rackit-36I do have to hand it to the Rackit though that you do not need to take down your rifle to fit it inside. The Rackit only has a single strap which makes the Stealth better suited for longer trips while carrying the pack and rifle. If you want a backpack that can carry gear and a rifle without advertising to everyone that you are doing so, then consider getting the Elite Survival Stealth backpack. Go to their website to check them out and the other products they make.