Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Better Than Hill People Gear? - Helikon-Tex Numbat Chest Pack - 3 Year R...

After 3 years of use Luke is updating his review of the Helikon-Tex Numbat Chest Rig; find out in this episode why he feels it's one of the best outdoor products he has ever used.
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Numbat Review 

Price : Retail price is $65 – which is $10 more expensive than it was 3 years ago.  These go for $77 on Amazon. You may find a seller who is trying to rip people off on these too, for an example, there is one seller trying to unload these for $120 which is crazy high.  Don’t get ripped off.

Weight : 17.28oz

Dimensions :

7.68 X 11 X 2.36 in

Colors : 9 Color Options - This is the Shadow Gray version - there are green variations , red, camo, black and so on.

Materials : 500D Cordura - YKK zippers
Elastic Pockets 

Review Pros :

Excellent quality – top notch materials 

Excellent zipper pulls 

The chest rig is very adaptable – lots of pockets and is user adjustable 

Wearing : Some people like to carry the Numbat higher up on the chest, I find that I prefer it a little lower - about mid-Chest level as I’m able to vent heat from the upper chest - This helps with staying a bit cooler in warm conditions.  

Can be used easily with backpacks and doesn’t interfere with the way that the pack carries and I have tested this out with dozens of different packs.


Easy to use, easy to open and easy to access

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 – do it any other way and it can be awkward.

Capacity is very good - Can hold a lot - Great size, not too bulky.

Two front stretchy pockets

Weather Resistance 

Speaking of which, the Numbat offers Excellent water resistance.

Excellent solution for Concealed Carry 

You can easily attach to the pack and even to the straps - you have MOLLE on the front cent and bottom - I’ll admit that I have never felt the need to do that.

Because the pack is thin, it can be worn under a jacket if that is what you want to do.  I don’t wear it that way myself but I know some who do.

Opens in the form of a tray

The main compartment has a velcro loop back panel to attach your own pouches or dividers

Shock cord on the bottom so you can attach addition items such as a rolled up poncho - you may not use this feature often, I haven’t but it’s nice to have that attachment point.

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 dominant side is

Excellent price 

Cons : 

This is my only Real Con - Sweat 

Smaller Con 1 - Laser Cut Molle 

Smaller Con 2 - Can take some work to adjust to go over larger jackets/layers

Smaller Con 3 - Map Sleeve 

Small Con 4 - Not the best for running 

Small Con 4 - The straps are not the longest 

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