Viper V Cam Mission Pack Review!

Carrying on from my Viper V Cam Special Ops Soft Shell Jacket review, another item included in my care package from the team at Viper Tactical was their V Cam Mission Pack for me to store all of my essentials during the Milsims I have planned this winter. I used this pack during the Spartan CQC Zero One Thirty Milsim last month in Cowbridge, Wales.
So let's start with some facts, the Mission pack has a total capacity of approximately 38.5 litres, is made from durable 600D cordura and comes in V-Cam, Coyote, Green and Black, and is available from the Viper shop here for £76.00.

The Mission pack is definitely not a small piece of kit, as it has dimensions of 52 x 24 x 32cms,. It has a padded Ventex back panel, wide padded shoulder/sternum straps with QR buckles and adjustable hip harness make the pack super comfortable to wear during ops. It has internal compartments that are capable of holding ballistic plates and hydration bladders and therefore can be used on a multitude of operations. It features 2 main compartments and 4 outer pouches/compartments with some nifty little features included such as the MOLLE webbing attachments on the outer compartments and D-Rings. Another cool feature for those of us who run comms at ops is that the pack has a comms outlet. It can be quite a hassle to keep changing your comm setup over from your plate carrier to the pack so I would whole heartedly recommend using two set ups to save some time.

Now, those are the facts of the pack. My first impressions were very good - the cordura material looked strong and durable and the quality of the build/stitching was excellent. As soon as I got the pack out of the box, I was quite surprised at the dimensions - it was a lot larger than I originally expected but that turned out to be a bit of a life saver - it's large dimensions meant the main internal compartment was able to hold my spare clothes, towel, roll mat and my sleeping bag. The main compartment also has a system of straps to keep everything in place which was really helpful! As you can see from the picture to the right, although the pack is sizable, it doesn't look too big for my small frame (because lets' face it, when you rock up to an Op you don't want to look like the new kid on the first day of school with the enormous backpack!). The pack itself is very lightweight but does become quite weighty when at full capacity. Thanks to the wide padded straps and harnesses it doesn't get uncomfortable or rub when you're transporting it from location to location.

One thing I am quite fond of, is pockets (sounds silly but bare with me!) The Mission pack is full of them, and they aren't just standard pockets - the side utility pockets have MOLLE on the front which is perfect for attaching extra pouches, the front pocket has a zipped net compartment and net pockets on the main compartment wall - this is probably the most useful compartment in the pack. All the separate pockets were awesome for keeping all my personal care products and make up organised.

The slightly smaller main compartment has a neat organisational system built in with elastic cord to help keep everything organised. Although I'm not entirely sure what the actual use of this particular set up is used for (still being new to Milsim, camping and survival activities), I used this pocket to organise my cooking utensils, maps, notebooks pens and other essentials that were needed during ops which worked pretty well.

Overall I'm really happy with how the Mission pack performed and will continue to run it at any future Milsims and Ops. Check them out, let me know what you think. If any of my lovely readers have owned one for a while, I'd love to know how they hold up over time so get in touch!

- Kelly xo

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