TT Modular Pack 30 Product Review
The Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30 is a Robust and Comfortable Everyday Carry and Hiking Backpack.
I had planned to undertake a field test of Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30 earlier this year, but like many peoples plans COVID put paid to mine. The first modular style rucksack I ever used was a modified Northern Ireland Patrol Pack, which I picked up secondhand while I was in the British army – and I was really impressed with the ‘value’ and size of the pack as it had a large main compartment and two smaller side pockets with MOLLE. However, since leaving the British army I never really have looked at a modular style pack, due mainly to how militaristic they used to look. Yet, when I first listed the Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30 on my website, I noted that even though it was constructed for military purposes Tasmanian Tiger appeared to make a concerted effort to tone down the military angle. So, the first chance I got to take my TT Modular Pack 30 out for a review, I was excited due to how impressed I was with the TT Raid Pack MKIII.
My first glance of the Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30 was when I was uploading the product photos to my online store, and the photos did really impress me. But, when I finally go chance to get my hands on the physical product, I was a little deterred by how ‘thin’ the shoulder straps appeared, due to the fact that previous experiences had taught me thinner straps typically cut into your shoulders when carrying moderate loads in backpacks. Despite the appearance of the shoulder straps though, the main backpack itself appeared to be well constructed and had lots of storage space. And, the laser cut MOLLE also gives the option of adding additional external pouches, should you wish too. What really impressed me the most though, was the fact that contained within the TT Modular Pack 30 was the modular pouches and weapons straps, as from my rudimentary research it appeared that most modular packs do not come with the modular pouch inserts. Granted, two of the inserts were for carrying a small carbine or stripped-down rifle, but I guessed they could be easily adapted to carry other items. The three other inserts were zipper pouches, which had lots of room for storage. I was equally impressed with the mesh zipper pouch on the inside of the main backpack flap, as well as, the pocket on the outside of the backpack flap at the top. One aspect that I did not like so much though, was the waist belt (hip fins), as to be honest I do not usually use the waist belt and find them annoying.
Due to the size of the TT Modular Pack 30, I chose to take the backpack on a short-day hike rather than an overnight trip to the woods – due to backpack only being 30 liters (1,831 cubic inches). After sorting out the area I was going to be hiking in, I then set about packing my kit and equipment into the backpack. This is where I encountered my first problem. When I tried to strap two Nalgene water bottles into the weapons strap, they both fell out. I then altered the location of the weapons carrying straps and had them, so they were facing sideways, but I found that the bottles easily came lose. I then thought about putting my camera lenses in them, but I found the same issues as with the water bottles. The only option I had left was to remove the weapon carrying straps and replace them with a spare Velcro modular pouch I had in my box of pouches. Next, I then set about packing various items of my kit into the three various sized zipper pouches. I found that I could fit nearly all my kit into these pouches. But, the factory standard configuration of the pouches was not very ergonomic, so I had to alter the whole configuration. After playing around with several varied configurations, I found the one which suited my means, and found that I had easy access to all the items. One aspect I did start to really like about the TT Modular Pack 30, was how the front lid opened into a flap. I found that this allowed me to have full access to the inside of the backpack and really gave me a good view inside, which allowed me to make the best use of the inside space. It then hit me, how much kit could I fit into the backpack without using the pouches. The findings of this test was that I could carry around 18% more items without using the pouches, which to be honest is neither her not there, and I only tried this to satisfy my own curiosity. The total weight that I would be carrying was 28 lbs.
Once I reattached the zipper pouches and repacked them, I then did the first ‘carry test’. Even though the straps did not cut into me during the dry carry, my years of experience of carrying weight on my back has taught me that when moving over varying types of ground is when you truly find out about these issues. But I was impressed how the TT Modular Pack 30 felt on my back. I could tell from how the pack felt that it was very well designed, and the back padding was more cushioned then I expected.
Out Hiking with the Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30
The short-day hikes I selected was at a mountain range in North Carolina (as that is where I am currently working). The routes varied from an easy flat(ish) hiking route, up to a far harder route with considerably more undulating terrain and the total distance of the routes would be 5.82 miles. I knew that by the end of the day, I would either have my worst fears confirmed about the straps cutting into me, or I would be totally shocked that they did not. Either way, I wanted to give the Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30 a fair chance.
Initially, the TT Modular Pack 30 felt great when I put it on, and I was still surprised at how comfortable it felt to wear – and what’s more, the straps did actually feel really comfortable despite how thin they are. But, within a few hundred meters of setting off on my hike, I did notice a flaw. Every time I changed direction; I could feel the pouches inside the backpack move from side to side with the weight shifting. I did take the pack off and look inside and found that even though the pouches were tightly packed, the items inside were still able to move around a little. With that being said though, it was not a deal breaker, as by the end of the first hike I was use to the feeling. One aspect which I really did start to like was the fact that the back padding was deigned in such a way, that it allowed air to circulate between my back and the TT Modular Pack 30, which did help to keep my back cool and not as sweaty as it normally would have been with other backpacks. By the conclusion of my first hike (a little over 2.6 miles) I was equally impressed that the straps were not cutting into my shoulders, as I had experienced before with thin straps. Another aspect that I really liked was how the lid of the backpack opened up, which allowed for easier access while out on the trails, and prevented me from digging around in the pack for water and food when I stopped.
For my second hike of the day, I chose to alter the configuration of the pack and completely remove the modular pouches, and just pack the items in the Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30 as I would with a non-modular pack. I did find a slight improvement in how the pack felt when I changed direction, as I did not have a feeling that I was going to fall over, with the weight shifting. Again, the fact that I could fully open the flap to gain access to the items inside was a great bonus, and to be honest I did not miss digging around blindly. The terrain on this hike was really a test of the how comfortable the pack was while carrying it. Not only was the terrain more undulating the elevation gain was also a lot greater than the first hike. The trail was a lot different, as it seemed to follow an old creek bed. This made traversing the route a little harder, as there were rocks and lose ground under foot – but I felt that removing the modular pouches made a difference with my balance. Another aspect I noticed, was that the straps were still not digging into my shoulders and the air vent system was working spectacularly. After completing the 3.2-mile short hike, again I was impressed with the TT Modular Pack 30, mainly with how comfortable it was to wear. The only real draw back I did note was that I found the space inside the backpack was a little smaller than I would have liked. But overall, it was a really good backpack to carry.
Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30 for Everyday Carry
Another area I wanted to test the Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30 for was using it as an everyday carry. To be honest though, I do not normally carry a backpack on my when I am away from my apartment or my office. But, I wanted to give the TT Modular Pack 30 a fair test, and I know that people also like to have an everyday carry backpack. For this part of the field test, I chose to carry my laptop and several other items in there for a week. This is where I found another feature of the pack I liked. On the outside of the lid at the top, there is an external pocket, and I found that it was great for carrying my flash drives and other things I would normally carry in my pockets. I also liked the fact that the TT Modular Pack 30 does not look too much like a military style pack, until you get up really close to it, so it does give the benefit of blending in with crowds. My laptop also fitted in the backpack with ease, and with the all-round padding (thicker on the back then sides and back) I felt that my laptop was a little more secure. Another feature that I also came to like, was the fact that I could take of the waist belt (hip fins) as I tend to find them annoying, so having to the option to remove them for everyday carry was a real big bonus.
Overall Impression of the TT Modular Pack 30
To be honest, I was extremely impressed with the TT Modular Pack 30. Not only as a hiking pack but also for everyday carry. It was super comfortable, very robust, give the option to use the pouch inserts and the straps do not cut into your shoulders. The only drawback I can find with the TT Modular Pack 30 is the fact that it does not offer a lot of space (for my liking), and I felt that when using the pouch inserts, I had the impression that the weight inside the pack shifted a lot more easier. Other than that, though, it really is an outstanding backpack, and when you compare the price of it to other similar modular packs, it really is not that expensive when you factor in the quality and the design.
To watch the YouTube review of the Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Pack 30, click here.