Saturday, January 25, 2020
Best Chest Rig for the Money? Helikon-Tex Numbat Chest Pack
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Today I'm reviewing the Helikon-Tex Numbat Chest Pack;
is it the best Chest Rig on the Market Today?
Agenda Free Link : https://www.helikon-tex.com/en_usd/tb-nmb-cd-chest-pack-numbat.html
Price : Retail price is $65 – That’s what I paid on Amazon. When I looked at the cost last night, I couldn’t find them for this price as the sellers there were offering these for $75 plus shipping. $55.25 on the Helikon-Tex web site.
Weight : 17.28oz
19.5 X 28 X 6 cm / 7.68 X 11 X 2.36 in
Colors : Numerous Colors – 9 variations (Shadow Gray)
Part of the Helikon-Tex Bushcraft Line;
Made of 500D Cordura® - YKK zippers
Two elastic pockets on front
Made of laminate, compatible with MOLLE/PALS mounting points on front and bottom
Elastic cord on bottom
Internal velour panel, compatible with VIS
Detachable organizer with map pocket
Up to 90 degree opening angle
Minimalistic, comfortable harness with mesh panel on back
Back covered with 3d mesh
Excellent quality – top notch materials
Excellent zipper pulls – easily opens
Very adaptable – lots of pockets and is user adjustable
Can be used easily with backpacks
Comfortable - The shoulder harness is excellent with no issues with rubbing or even moving around and causing issues.
Easy to use and open
Easy to put on and take off – TIP : undo one buckle and throw it over your shoulder and then buckle it in. I’ve seen people try to put it on in other ways – talk about awkward.
Can hold a lot - Great size, not too bulky.
Two front stretchy pockets
Impressively water resistant
Excellent solution for Concealed Carry
You can easily attach to the pack and even to the straps
Opens in the form of a tray
The main compartment has a velcro loop back panel to attach your own pouches or dividers
Stretchy material allows for additional stuffing.
Shock cord on the bottom so you can attach addition items such as a rolled up poncho
Middle of the road design – it doesn’t scream tactical which can be a good thing as you can carry this in town or on the trail.
Strap keepers on all for points.
Buckles at each corner so you can easily put it on or take it off no matter what your dominate side is
Map sleeve (aka admin pouch) took me a while to remove; it is nice that the carrier is included but I tend not to need it often so I have taken it out. My preference would be simply stow it in side without attaching it so you can take it out and view it as needed.
With the map sleeve is fairly small for serious navigation but does feature lots of pockets – can be locked to the back of the rig
Will you sweat while wearing this? Yes! You do have ventilated padding on the back of the pouch but if you are pushing hard enough, there will be some moisture build up.
Features laser cut MOLLE; I’m not the biggest fan as I like strap based more. Yes this looks more modern but it’s not as ridged which can be a negative. It certainly doesn’t feel as robust as traditional MOLLE
Can take some work to adjust to go over larger jackets/layers
I purchased this numerous months ago and I have no problem recommending it to those who are interested in such a carry system. It’s a high quality, versatile system which you can easily adapt to your needs.
This chest rig is excellent for just about any sort of outdoor adventure that you are to go out on; hiking, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, law enforcement, military, Motocross, etc; whatever you do, it'll work for you.
I personally use this rig in all sorts of situations; it’s great for a day hike with all of the smaller items that you need quick access to –
I often wear this for filming purposes as I can throw batteries, lens cleaning kits, my GoPro and even a small tripod.
For Bushcraft, it’s excellent; you can mount a knife to the straps, throw in your gloves, add a saw, ferro rod, compass, flashlight and so on.
This is an excellent alternative to a Hill People Chest rig and in fact, I personally like it better than my Hill People setup and it is less expensive.