Final Four – Tactical Pack Edition

March Madness Tactical Pack Showdown

In the spirit of March Madness we decided to set up a final four of our own, pitting four of our most popular packs against each other in an effort to find out which pack has what it takes to survive the gauntlet of things thrown at it during use. In the NCAA Tournament, every team is playing the same basketball game, but not all teams play in the same style, and it’s each team’s unique attributes that determine whether it wins or loses. In our tournament, we have a diverse set of packs all competing for the title of champion, however it will be the unique attributes that each possess that will determine which moves on, and which didn’t make the cut.

Here is how it works:

We assembled a panel of three judges to field test each pack and give their opinion on which should advance to the next round of the tournament and why. A majority vote will secure a victory. The determining factors were left up to the judges; however in the spirit of impartiality we selected three judges with diverse backgrounds and interests. The judge’s credentials are listed below for review.

Judge 1:

  • AGE: 45
  • GENDER: Male
  • Military Veteran
  • Weapon Enthusiast
  • Hunter

Judge 2:

  • AGE: 22
  • GENDER: Male
  • Paintball Expert
  • Tactical Gear Enthusiast
  • Outdoorsman

Judge 3:

  • AGE: 32
  • GENDER: Female
  • Outdoor Enthusiast
  • Avid Hiker
  • Rock Climber

So, without further ado, we present the Final Four: Tactical Pack Edition:


Judge 1: “Being a concealed carry permit holder, I appreciated that the Propper Bias Sling Backpack had a built in compartment to safely carry my weapon. I also enjoyed the one shoulder design that allowed me to quickly slide the pack to the front instead of taking the entire pack off. With that said, I would have to give this round to the Rothco Medium Transport Pack. With lots of MOLLE attachment points and plenty of diverse storage space, I found myself gravitating to this pack more. It is a diverse every day pack that even includes a place for a hydration pouch if I took it out to my stand during hunting season.”

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Judge 2: “The Rothco Medium Transport Pack is a great multipurpose pack without a doubt. It has a compact design that isn’t bulky or overbearing and the padded shoulder straps really made it a comfortable pack. The Propper Bias Sling Backpack had all of those features and then more that really pushed it over the top for me. I loved the single strap design that allowed me to pull the pack in front quickly for access to all of the pouches without taking it off. If I did need to take it off, the quick release buckle made it simple and efficient. I also noticed that the Propper bag allowed me to lock the zippers together so nothing would fall out and that was a great feature when I was pulling the pack to the front of my body frequently. “

VOTE: Propper Bias Sling Backpack

Judge 3: “Without a doubt, the Rothco Medium Transport Pack impressed me more. Being on the trail a lot, I like to take a pack that is multidimensional and the Rothco pack had everything I was looking for and then some. The hydration bladder feature is one that I always look for because it is easier to use that carrying multiple water bottles so that really pushed it over the top. I also enjoyed the different pouches and compartments because it allowed me to better organize my gear than the Propper pack. One thing I really enjoyed about the Propper pack, however, was the fact that I could slide the pack across the front of my body to access accessories while on the go. “

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

WINNER: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Rothco Medium Transport Pack


Judge 1: “This matchup proved to be a much more difficult decision. On one hand, the Rush 24 has much more storage room and great internal organization dividers; however the Sitka Gearslinger is outfitted with a concealed carry compartment to carry my weapon and it also has the every-day-carry feel to it that I felt the Propper pack lacked in the previous matchup. I also really enjoy the single strap design for quick access to my firearm should I need it. This one goes to the Maxpedition pack in a close one.”

VOTE: Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

Judge 2: “I have to admit, although I selected the Propper pack in the last matchup, I’m not the biggest fan of the single strap design. The Maxpedition Sitka is a great pack but it didn’t really meet my needs as an everyday outdoor pack. The 5.11 Rush pack on the other hand really blew me away. My first impression of the pack was that it had tons of room to carry everything I need during a day outdoors. Not only was it spacious, but 5.11 did a great job of creating practical organization pouches. I found myself enjoying the easy access to items without digging through the pack to find what I was looking for. While I would use both packs for different situations, my vote is for the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

Judge 3: “The Rush 24 had all of the features I liked in the Rothco Medium Transport pack and then some! Since I spent a fair amount of my previous review on the hydration bladder, I need to note that the Rush 24 actually features the tube hole on both sides of the pack which is a great feature for flexibility. When not in use, the Rush 24 allows the tube hole to be covered up, preventing moisture from entering into the pack, something I haven’t seen before. The Rush 24 also took organization to the next level. Numerous pouches and compartments allowed me to have easy access to everything without a struggle. The Sitka did have one feature that I really enjoyed and that was sheer ruggedness of the material. It was tougher than any fabric I had seen before and Maxpedition bills it as completely abrasion and water resistant.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

WINNER: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack


Judge 1: “I voted for the Rothco pack but not the 5.11 Pack. Therefore, I’m casting my vote for the Rothco Medium Transport Pack. The real selling point for me was the fact that the medium transport pack was a more compact version of the 5.11 Rush pack. I prefer a pack that I can grab and go without much bulk to it. Oh, and the Rotcho Medium Transport pack is far less expensive!”

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Judge 2: “This one was an easy choice for me. I loved the diversity that the Rush 24 provided. It has lots of space, perfect organization, and represents a true everyday pack in my opinion. If I had to get any pack on the market now, it would be the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

Judge 3: “I’m the only judge that picked both of the finalist packs in the first round so this decision was a little tougher to me. Both have the features that I look for in a pack, but what it really came down to for me was the additional space that the 5.11 pack gave me. Both had great organizational components and are hydration bladder compatible, but I can see myself using the 5.11 Rush pack more. “

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

CHAMPION: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack - Mutli view

Voodoo Tactical: Save on this Must-Have Tactical Gear


Voodoo Tactical Gear

Voodoo Tactical Gear

Voodoo Tactical is quickly becoming our patriots’ top choice when shopping for the best, high quality tactical gear. From armor & plate carriers to assault packs and accessories, Voodoo Tactical has the gear you need that you can value and depend upon.

Voodoo Tactical is a brand of MOLLE compatible tactical gear that has been around for only a few years. Their Armor Carriers, Plate Carriers, and Chest Rigs are designed with an outstanding feel and fit. The multiple rows of webbing enable you to customize your load. If you have a long mission ahead of you, Voodoo Assault Packs are the perfection solution with its padded shoulder straps, spacious holding capacity, and hydration compatibility .

Voodoo Tactical also carries a quality line of Holsters to securely hold your handgun in place. They are adjustable to fit any body size and are available for both left and right hand users. Similarly, if you carry a rifle or shotgun, fully padded Scabbards offer maximum weapon protection.  Be sure to check out the Configurable Range & Equipment Bags that enable you to store any type of gear needed for your mission.

Voodoo Tactical continues to offer plenty of shooters gear and accessories as well, including flashlights, rifle slings, knee pads and bean bags. Don’t forget about your necessary Medical Gear, where Voodoo Tactical carries the full kits, bandages and pouches you need.

Patriot Surplus always strives to bring you the best by offering the top tactical gear and supplies on the market. We carry a large selection of Voodoo Tactical gear to suit all of your needs. Did we mention Voodoo Tactical is compatible with all major tactical brands? That’s right, patriots. Shopping for tactical gear just got a whole lot better.

Survivalist Gear at Patriot Surplus

Deluxe Survival Knife Kit

Deluxe Survival Knife Kit

Sometimes, there’s just nothing more exciting than taking on unknown terrain. Sure, it might be charted and all, but there’s just something so awesome about being set loose in the great outdoors. It’s a challenge that far too few appreciate and it’s something we’re passionate about. After all, what’s life without a little adventure? We know our customers have a taste for adventure, which is why we’ve put together a great selection of survivalist gear to help you stay equipped for your next outing.

Take for instance our paracord and climbing and rapelling gear. We have utility cord, parachute cord, carabiners, ascenders, climbing robes, and harnesses that are great for keeping up with you, no matter where you’re going. Paracord is awesome to have on hand in a variety of surivial situations and can be broken down for a ton of different uses, including use as fishing line or to repair broken gear. Just toss a 50 or 100 foot bundle into your camping or outdoor gear bag and you’re good to go.

Carabiners and climbing harnesses can also make it easy for you to explore some of the more challenging types of terrain on your adventure. Scale cliffs, climb mountains, and see the world from a view that few people get to see. There’s just nothing better when you’re taking advantage of the outdoors.

But besides paracords and climbing equipment, we also have some survivalist essentials that keep you prepared for any situation. Here are a few of our favorites:

Survival Knives: Made by top brands like Smith & Wesson, our survival knife kits offer the essentials for when you need to survive in the wild. Some survival knife kits include fishing line, hook, sinkers, bandages, signal mirrors, compasses, fire starters, or sewing needles.

Survival Blankets: Lightweight and designed to reflect a high percentage of your body heat, survival blankets give you an edge when it comes to defending yourself from the elements. Keep one packed in your emergency bag or outdoor gear bag just in case.

Survival Manuals and Books: In our selection of military manuals, we’re proud to carry several variations of the classic military issue survival manual, so feel free to peruse and keep one handy for when you’re taking on Mother Nature.

Count in our selection of military apparel, military bags, and kick ass boots and you’re ready for anything. But hey, we knew that already. We’re just giving you the right gear.

Oh, Yeah. We’ve got Maxpedition Bags & Packs!

Maxpedition Versipack, Maxpedition Gearslingers, and Maxpedition Bags

The ever expanding selection at Patriot Surplus never ceases to amaze me. Between the latest additions to our boot lines and the exclusive distribution of Oscar Mike Foundation clothing, we’ve seen A LOT of great products come through our doors. One of the newest additions to our site that we’re really excited about is Maxpedition gear. In this collection of heavy duty bags and packs, you’ll find backpacks, Maxpedition Versipacks, Gearslingers, and more that can hold just about anything you could need in the field. Firearms, water bottles, cell phones…you name it and Maxpedition bags and packs can hold it.

Our Maxpedition packs selection also has something for everyone, so no matter what your budget or what you’re looking for, we can help you find the perfect bag. Looking for a truly incredible backpack? Try out the Maxpedition ROLLYPOLY EXTREME backpack, the Maxpedition Monsoon Gearslinger, or the Maxpedition MERLIN folding backpack. Need to carry the essentials in something that’s truly versatile? Any of the Maxpedition Versipacks are great options. You can also get organized with the Maxpedition NeatFreak.

Now these are just a sampling of the Maxpedition packs and bags we’re carrying at Patriot Surplus. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out the offical section page with all of our Maxpedition gear or give us a call. We’d be happy to help you out with finding the right bag.

P.S. We’ve been posting some great video reviews of our Maxpedition bags and packs, including the Maxpedition Versipack, the Maxpedition Monsoon Gearslinger, and the Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger. Check out them out below!

We’re Back in the Studio, Baby! More Patriot Surplus Video Product Reviews

Happy holiday season! Before Christmas, our guy Patrick was busy in the studio putting together video reviews of the Belleville Flyweight, as well as some of our other popular items. Well, the presents are opened and Santa is kicking back with a cold one in the North Pole, but we’re still working hard in the studio to give you the best product reviews of some of our favorites. Here’s what we’ve been up to in the past few weeks:

The Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger is a roomy backpack designed for easy access to a concealed firearm, as well as its other compartments. The straps are comfortable, you have an elastic cinch to secure additional items on a hook, and there are also pocket spaces for water bottles and other gear. Oh yeah, this is definitely a hero’s bag (watch the video and you’ll see what we mean.

The Maxpedition Monsoon Gearslinger is available in six colors and is perfect for hikers, military personnel, and the average person alike. PALS webbing makes it easy to hold several attachments and lots of storage pouches give you all the space you need to pack along the essentials, like water, a knife, or your cell phone. All around, it’s a solid bag for anyone who wants a better way to carry his or her gear.

The Belleville Tactical Research TR960 boot comes in three styles and are ideally suited for law enforcement professionals. Specialized units such as SWAT, Drug Enforcement, and Border Patrol are all big fans of this boot since it’s comfortable, durable, and can stand up to all sorts of terrain.

Oh yes, and let’s not forget about the famous Blooper Reel. :)

Video Reviews of Belleville Flyweights, Rothco Special Forces Assault Packs, and More

We’ve been busy at Patriot Surplus.

In addition to putting together some A-MAZING Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals, we’ve also been busy making video reviews of some of our latest and greatest gear.

Check em out on the official Patriot Surplus YouTube Channel!

First up, we’ve got our guy Patrick giving his review of the new Belleville Flyweight Garrison Boot. These boots weigh in at a mere 1.5 pounds and are super comfortable. Don’t just take our word for it. See what Patrick has to say about them!

This month, Patriot Surplus was proud to offer Converse Tactical Boots for the first time, which is a big deal in our book. This line of tactical footwear has a lot of great options in it, but one of the boots stood out: the Converse 8877 Tactical Boot. Patrick did another great job giving us his review of the Converse 8877. Let us know what think!

Finally, we took some time to move on from the boots and into gear. The Rothco Special Forces Assault Pack was a top choice from our selection because it’s durable, hydration pouch compatible, and perfect for gifting during the holidays (hint, hint).

Want to see more of our videos? Subscribe to our YouTube channel and leave a comment. We always love hearing from you.

Back to School Military Bags

Military style has come back in a big way over the past few years. Army-inspired t-shirts, canvas messenger bags, and even camouflage have made their way into students’ closets. For this back to school season, Patriot Surplus has military messenger bags and backpacks that are ideal for any student with any sense of style. These bags are tough, and they don’t fall apart like those military-inspired bags you find at the big box stores. If your kid wants heavy duty military style before he or she hits the hallways, check out some of these picks for back to school military bags:

Medic Messenger Bag

Medic Messenger Bag

Medic Messenger Bag: In tough canvas, this classic medic shoulder bag is great for toting books, e-readers, and other gear to and from class. Perfect for the biology buff or the pre-med student, this sage bag features a red cross symbol on the front flap, handsome leather straps, and a comfortable design that makes it a great everyday bag.

Khaki Vintage Star Backpack

Khaki Vintage Star Backpack

Khaki Vintage Star Backpack: There’s nothing more classic than a simple star. This khaki vintage backpack features convenient pockets and plenty of storage, so you can pack away notebooks, folders, pens, and even your gear for soccer practice. Great for guys and girls alike, this back to school military backpack features a neutral design with a simple, but powerful, red star on the front pocket.

Pathfinder Laptop Bag

Pathfinder Laptop Bag

Vintage Pathfinder Laptop Bag: A little too grown up for a camo messenger bag? Take this Pathfinder laptop bag to college and into your first job. Made of heavy weight washed cotton canvas with a leather bottom, this attractive military messenger bag offers secure storage for your laptop, plus extra pockets for your phone, notebooks, keys, or student ID. Antique brass closures keep the look professional.

Marine Corps Messenger Bag

Marine Corps Messenger Bag

USMC Messenger Bag: Looking for the perfect back to school messenger bag for your little warrior? Great for students of all ages, this Marine Corps messenger bag features a cool canvas design with pockets for storage and the Marine Corps symbol emblazoned on the front flap. It makes a statement – you’re not to be messed with.

These are just a few of our most popular picks. For a complete rundown, check out the selection of military messenger bags and military backpacks just in time for back to school season at