Choosing a Tactical Backpack – All You Need To Know And More

A tactical backpack is an essential piece of gear for professionals in law enforcement, military personnel, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who needs a reliable and functional pack. Whether you're going on a mission, a hiking trip, or need a versatile everyday carry bag, selecting the right tactical backpack is crucial. In this blog post, we will explore what you need to know and consider when choosing a tactical backpack, along with a glimpse of the extensive catalogue offered by Patrol Store at

Purpose and Intended Use:

The first step in choosing a tactical backpack is defining your purpose and intended use. Are you looking for a pack for everyday carry, hiking, or specialised tactical operations? You will want to consider the size, capacity, and organisational features that are required for your specific needs. Different backpacks will excel in different environments and so by clearly defining your purpose will help narrow down the options.

Size and Capacity:

Tactical backpacks come in various sizes and capacities to accommodate different loads so do think about the amount of gear, supplies, and equipment you need to carry. Smaller packs, such as daypacks, are ideal for short trips or everyday carry needs, while larger packs, like rucksacks, are suitable for longer outdoor adventures or extended missions. You will want to assess your needs and select a size that strikes the right balance between capacity and comfort for your person.

Durability and Construction:

Durability is another crucial consideration for tactical backpacks, as it is likely they will need to withstand harsh environments and heavy use. Keep an eye on packs made from rugged materials such as nylon or Cordura®, which are known for their excellent resistance to abrasion and tearing. Other features for extended durability are reinforced stitching, durable zippers, and robust hardware are additional features that contribute to a backpack's longevity.

Comfort and Ergonomics:

Comfort is key with anything and especially if you're carrying heavy loads or planning long hikes you need the bag to be extremely comfortable so it doesn;t hold you back. You may want to look at extra features such as padded shoulder straps and a supportive back panel that will offer cushioning and ventilation. You may notice that a lot of backpacks offer a waist strap to tie around you to ensure your backpack is sitting in the correct place and not causing any issues to your posture when in use. These waist straps help to distribute the weight evenly and enhance stability, preventing discomfort and fatigue during extended wear.

Organization and Accessibility:

Now we get on to organisation which may not seem important but it is crucial for a tactical backpack. You must consider the number and arrangement of compartments, pockets, and MOLLE/PALS webbing for modular attachments that are offered and how you will utilise all of them for quick and easy access to your gear. Having an organised structure/system to your backpack is essential for emergency situations if on a hike or out on the job. Interior dividers and mesh pockets help you keep your gear organised and easily accessible as well as external attachment points or compression straps provide options for securing additional equipment or gear.

Specialized Features and Considerations:

Depending on your specific needs, there are also additional features that you may want to consider which include hydration compatibility, reinforced grab handles, quick-release buckles, hidden compartments, or even compatibility with armour carriers or plate carriers. Evaluate these features based on your intended use to ensure your backpack meets your specific requirements.

Choosing the right tactical backpack is a crucial decision that should be based on your specific needs, durability, comfort, and organisational requirements. Here at Patrol Store, we offer a diverse range of tactical backpacks that cater to different needs and preferences. Our collection includes top-quality brands such as 5.11 Tactical, Op Zulu and 5.11. We offer a wide selection to choose from so why not explore the catalogue at to find the perfect tactical backpack that suits your requirements.

Postal Rates:

Order Value Standard Delivery
(Royal Mail 'Tracked 48'. 2 to 3 working days)
Express Delivery
(Royal Mail 'Tracked 24'. 1 to 2 working days)
Priority Delivery
(DPD - next working day courier). Orders placed by 3pm
Under £15 £3.49 £5.99 £8.99
Over £15 £6.99 £7.99 £8.99
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  • Please note all orders need to be placed before 3pm online (or 2.30pm if placed by phone), Monday-Friday in order to benefit from same day dispatch. (Excludes Bank Holidays and stated closed days).
  • Postage rates apply to online orders with total weights under 10kg.
  • Next working day courier to UK overseas addresses, Northern Ireland and the highlands of Scotland do not count as mainland UK and will be charged at £19.99 (Royal Mail options are the same as for the UK).
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1. Refusal to accept delivery of an order will result in a £15 deduction from the refund against the cost of goods.

2. If you need your order re-consigned to a new address, (excluding a neighbours) after dispatch a £10 surcharge may be applied to cover the courier fees.

3. If you are unable to receive a delivery and the goods are returned to us, a second postage equal to the original will be required to re-dispatch the goods, or if a refund is requested, a £15 deduction will be applied.

4. Please ensure that you enter a complete and accurate delivery address as cannot be held responsible for items which go missing or are delayed due to inaccurate or incomplete delivery address information.

5. 'Standard Delivery' and 'Express Delivery' are not signed-for services and are not considered lost until 15 working days have passed from the date of dispatch. Once 15 working days have expired we will provide a replacement via a courier or special delivery service. We regret that we cannot refund such items that are lost, or send replacements before the 15 working day period. Please choose 'Priority' delivery if you require items urgently.

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