Backpacks are one of those things that serious gear-heads can get really excited about. Anybody who has done a bit of traveling or had to hike long distances with their gear should have developed a real appreciation for versatile, capable and–possibly most important– comfortable packs. So when seasoned travelers, adventurers, and military veterans see a quality backpack they tend to show a lot of interest and want to try it on and play with all the bells and whistles.
The Hazard 4 Clerk is exactly that kind of bag, and I could easily write a thesis on every small thoughtful design feature that makes this bag exceptional. Instead I decided to go over everything in a detailed product video. You will find additional details and anecdotes in the article below.
Video review highlights:
Laptop compartment: 9:40
Concealed carry pistol demo: 10:45
Drainage testing: 16:39
Concealed carry carbine demo: 22:00
Being a civilian, the first bags that caught my eye were some really cool grey color backpacks that had no molle attachments visible on the outside and seemed like they would work as great covert tactical bags for someone like me. But according to Filip the owner of Hazard 4 who was in the booth, the grey bags were prototypes and aren’t on the market yet, so we will have to wait for those to finish their testing and design phase.
I also learned that Hazard 4 Tactical now has a separate division called Civilian Labs LLC, which will be the portion of the company that will release those types of equally high-speed, but more covert products for civilians and low profile customers.
After chatting with Filip about Civilian Labs, Spotter Up and some of his new products, he gave me a nice demonstration of the Clerk Bag and its features. I was really impressed with the thought that goes into their bags, and the amount of features that Filip revealed in just this one bag made my head spin. After some negotiations i was lucky enough to leave the booth with a brand new Clerk bag. You can watch Filip give his demonstration here
The specs from the Hazard 4 Tactical website state the following:
_ padded back-carrier pocket fits most 15″ laptops
_ back-pocket will also fit hydration bladders (up to 100 oz./3L)
_ anatomic, thermoformed back-panel w/ air circulation
_ 3D air-mesh underside on straps/belt for breathability
_ hydration hose/antenna port to main and back areas
_ full-width flip-down shelf w/ organizer to access on chest
_ protective, padded pods w/ velcro panel area above
_ large grab-handles for carrying or pulling to chest/back
_ internal mesh zip/elastic pockets for organizing items
_ high-quality 3D Hazard 4® logo in subdued color scheme
_ wide, padded belt has MOLLE webbing for pouches, etc. (belt is not removable)
_ buckle on harness strap for rapid drops in emergencies
_ compression-straps (which also secure tubular items)
_ generous MOLLE for attaching holsters/mag pouches
_ side flat-pockets for paddle holsters/rifle magazines
_ hydration pocket also has velcro panel for attaching covertly our
optional modular pistol/magazine holster
_ 1x Sternum strap
|External Size||~18″ L x 11″ W x 6.2″ D (46 x 28 x 16 cm)|
|Main Compartment||~17.7″ L x 10.5″ W x 6″ D (45 x 27 x 15 cm) – 18.8 L|
|Laptop Compartment||~17.4″ L x 10.5″ W x .8″ D (44 x 27 x 2 cm)|
|Total Gear Capacity||~20.1 L (1,227.6 cubic inches) – including hard shells/pods|
|Care Instructions||See product tag|
|Main Material||Invista® 1000D Cordura® (500D Camo models); PU x2 water-repellent coated for superior water resistance.|
|Design||Long Beach, California – In-House Team.|
Once I got to my hotel, I sorted through all the things I needed to get home from Vegas and started finding places in the Clerk for them to go. I managed to fit everything I had brought with me and everything I had accumulated at SHOT into the bag in a well-organized manner, although I think I essentially tested the bags capacity and tensile strength of the handles on the first day having it.
The design of the shoulder, chest and waist straps allowed me to carry this bag fully loaded on my back comfortably throughout my travel home from Las Vegas. The bag also fit nicely into the overhead compartment of the airplanes.
In the weeks following SHOT show I took this bag everywhere with me, and used it for a variety of functions. I loaded it up with everything I would need for a day of shooting and that would normally fill up one entire range bag and possibly take additional space in a rifle case.
I also loaded it up for a multi-gun match and it worked well as a range bag for when you have to keep picking up and moving positions. The amount of organization options and high strength handles makes this a highly versatile, easy and quick to use bag, as long as you don’t have a low-profile requirement, as the molle webbing on the outside definitely gives it a tactical/military style aesthetic.
I made sure to see how well I could fit a 16″ carbine into the bag along with everything else I would need for a range day, including a full-sized concealed pistol and ammo for each. The bag easily fit my rifle with variable powered optic with extra room for my other shooting necessities. There is a zippered opening on the top of the bag that allows some flexibility for fitting oversized equipment into the main compartment.
I broke down my competition rifle and fit the barrel through this opening to see how well it worked. I also tested out quickly I was able to unsling the bag and get the carbine out and into action -you can see my very first attempt in the full product review video at the top, wherein I also demonstrate the concealed carry and quick access capability for pistols.
I’ve used high quality backpacks for years in a variety of situations: A three-day bicycle ride and camping trip down the central California coast; Snowboarding with a daypack in the Rocky mountains; Three day travel bags for multiple deployments to Afghanistan. A well-built, well designed and comfortable bag is essential for hauling your gear around for long periods or distances, or else you run the risk of neck or back injury from uneven or improperly supported loads putting strain where you don’t want it.
I can honestly say that the Hazard 4 Clerk is one of the most–if not the most–comfortable backpacks I’ve ever worn. This will likely be my new default travel bag and I’m already using it regularly as a day pack/overnight bag.
The Hazard 4 Clerk can be purchased direct from their website here
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Hazard 4 via Spotter Up. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.