Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog and to the next instalment of Project Crete! In this post I’m going to give you the lowdown on the backpack I used for War Zone 6 in Arkadi, Crete! Released in 2016 as part of Wisport’s new collection of survival packs, the Sparrow 20 II Rucksack was developed as a part of a collaboration between Wisport and Polish Military Forces to optimise carrying space whilst still being compact and comfortable for the end user. To match our loadout, we opted for Pencott Greenzone.

The Sparrow 20 II is a 20L pack, made from 500D Cordura Nylon. It has two roomy, independent chambers that are both secured with tough Wisport branded zippers and multiple MOLLE attachment points. The main compartment has a two-way clamshell zip opening, two internal zipped mesh pockets, a hydration sleeve that is fully Camelback compatible (there is a hook to attach a hydration bladder and a passage hole for the hydration hose) and four internal attachment points for security. The front admin compartment features the same two-way clamshell zip opening, sleeve organiser pockets, elastic loops, a zipped mesh pocket and a D-Ring/carabiner to keep your keys safe!

The front of the pack has a loop Velcro panel for identification patches, a zipped pocket with zipper track cover. The front and side panels are also covered in MOLLE which allows the user to mount a variety of MOLLE accessories such as first aid kits and other pouches and numerous Nylon straps permit the attachment of much bigger items such as compressed sleeping bags and roll mats. This means that the overall carrying capacity is a lot greater than the nominal 20 litres stated.

What other features does it have? Well hold onto your seats because it just keeps on giving - it has a durable top carrying handle, adjustable shoulder straps with loops, elastic bands and hydration hose mounting brackets with redesigned dirt resistant padding on back and shoulder straps for added comfort, the ACS (Air Comfort System) quick detach carrying system, chest strap with quick release buckle, strengthened back section, sewn-in hip belt attachment points, side and front compression straps, bottom attachments for optional compression straps.

It retails for £79.95 from Military 1st and comes in an extensive range of camouflage options/colourways including Pencott Greenzone, ATACS-AU, Polish Woodland, Pencott Snowdrift, Pencott Badlands, Olive Green, MultiCam, Graphite, Coyote, Black, ATACS-LE, ATACS-iX and RAL 7013 so there are plenty of options even if you wanted it for casual everyday use rather than airsoft. It also has a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty which is great value!

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