Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sabra Gear Mono Backpack Review

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Up for review is the Sabra Gear Mono Backpack.
Find out now how it has held up with my testing on the trail and in the backcountry.

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Price : $359 with lid and waist belt addons which is how most people will order this pack.
Weight : Around 5lbs with the waist belt and lid

Features :
Full 500 D Cordura Construction, both outside and inside fabric.
Double layered bottom for reinforcement and extreme durability.
Roll-top closure for quick access, safe closing, and full functionality when used in a light weight mode without the lid.
Quick and easy main body access, with a super tough #10 YKK zipper.
All the zippers are with durable and easy to grab zipper pulls, for easy operation when wearing gloves or under stress.
Optional top lid with a large compartment.
Two open side pockets for bottles or long objects.
Hydration bladder sleeve and two hydration ports.
Effective compression system allows tight compression when the pack is not fully loaded.
Long compression straps allows carrying bulky items on the outside of the pack.
Removable back panel built from a polymer sheet and a 6061 T-6 aluminum rod, provides excellent load transfer, stability, and freedom of movement. Can be bent to fit perfectly to the user's body.
Removable emergency pad.
Optional removable waist belt.
MOLLE webbing In key areas.
Two axe loops.
Made in Israel.

Specs :
Mono without waist belt and Lid: 1.7 kg / 3.75 Pounds
Waist belt: 280 Grams / 10 Ounce
Lid: 280 Grams / 10 Ounce
Mono without Lid: 50 liters / 3100 cubic inches
Lid: 6 liters / 960 cubic inches

Fabric: 500 D Cordura.
Zippers: Highly durable #10 YKK zippers.
Buckles: ITW Nexus GTSR super heavy duty Mil-spec buckles.
Webbing: Mil-spec nylon straps and webbing.

Dimensions cm / inch:
Height of main compartment fully extended - 100 / 39.5
Height of main compartment up to the top of the back system - 64 / 25
Width - 28 / 11
Depth - 20 / 8

Comfortable load range:
With waist belt: 23 kg / 50 Pounds
Without waist belt: 10 kg / 22 Pounds
Load range meaning - The weight which the pack feels very comfortable and stable with.
You can easily carry a heavier load, but it will slightly decrease comfort. You can carry a much heavier load without worrying about the pack durability.


Pros :
Very comfortable for a military grade pack. Not on the same level as an Osprey but better most tactical style backpacks – excellent weight distribution
Excellent quality.
Very durable.
Top shelf materials and components.
Good price especially when compared to other brands.
Duel access

While comfortable I would like to see a slight redesign to the back as it could become even more comfortable with some padding.  This would also assist with breathability or sweat.

That leads to the next point, VERY poor breathability.  You are going to be soaked wearing this pack if you are going to go any sort of distance with any level of exertion.

Because of the lack of ventilation, this is a very hot pack.

Light on webbing and attachment points.

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