Sometimes we need a tactical backpack that can take a beating. One that is tactical enough to withstand any circumstance. One that can be recklessly tossed on top of a shuttle van about to take you 16 hours across a country. One that you can take into the woods with you for days on end. One that’s designed with organization in mind, as well as toughness.

This combination of toughness and organization comes together flawlessly with the 12 Survivors Tactical Backpack. Today, we’re going to do a run through of this backpack, which is designed especially for someone who needs something durable + compartments including a few hidden ones.

Gear Review Look Book:

During my trip out east, I took the pack on a few day hikes. I wanted to test out the comfort level of such a heavy duty pack, and get a feel for its compression straps and compartments.

Let’s take a look:


The shoulder pad and lumbar pad shown above did the trick. I had a bulky water bottle and binoculars in the main compartment, and couldn’t feel them at all.

shoulder pads


One of my favorite features of this pack is your ability to fully unzip to the base, making it incredibly easy to pack and retrieve your belongings. This isn’t common in many backpacks, making this feature stand out to me.

easy to pack

Secret Compartments
This is one of the coolest things about this pack! If you notice in the photo below, there’s a secret back compartment stuck between the shoulder pads and the main compartment. This is the perfect place to store important documents like your passport, or your credit cards and cash. I’ve been to enough countries where you need to watch out for pick pocks that I can’t tell you how much I love this feature. The zipper practically blends into the side of the pack that any passerby wouldn’t really notice or even realize there’s something there.

secret compartment

Tent Holder

I love how there are built in compression straps at the base of the pack to easily take your tent with you.

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Basic Information


  • Zippers: SBS Brand – They’ve been in the zipper industry for 20 years.
  • Size (Overall): 2,312 cubic Inch/37.69L
  • Waterproof rating (fabric): 6600*600 Polyester Oxford
  • Weight: 4.7 lbs

12 Survivors also features such as outdoor tools, various knives, camping gear, first aid kits and of course, backpacks. You can check out their website here.

You can purchase the 12 Survivors Tactical Backpack in black for $119. The pack also comes in tan, and is sold at the same price. Their products are also sold on Amazon.


The only downside I see to this pack is it weighs about 4.7lbs. When it comes to travel and backpacking, I prefer lighter gear. Part of this is simply because I have a nerdy obsession with lightweight gear, and the other part of it is simply for efficiency. However, I will say that the features of this backpack like its durability and it’s packing functionality are what creates the added weight, making it a fair trade off. Because of this, I still love the pack, and I personally, am willing to see past the weight to get those benefits.

Should you buy this pack?

If packing organization and durability means a lot to you, then this pack is perfect for you. It is hands down one of the most organized backpacks I have ever seen. So many packs simply become stuff sacks and your items get completely lost in them.

This pack is not only going to last and withstand whatever it is you want to put it through, but it will also keep all of your belongings safe, secure, and even hidden when you need them to be.

Check out the pack’s product page here to learn more about it, or of course to add it to your gear collection.

If you have any other questions about the pack, feel free to post it in the comments and I’d be happy to get back to you!



About The Author

Lauren Rains is the editor at large of Outdoor Minded Mag. She is struck by wanderlust, and spends most waking hours of her life either exploring the outdoors around the globe or working on various passion projects be it film to microadventures to cooking chili. You can read about her adventures in life, biz and travel on her blog, and catch up with her on Twitter at @LaurRAINS.