Drago Gear Atlus Sling-Pack Keeps Gun Accessible
The burgeoning concealed carry market has naturally resulted in an outpouring of carry-related accessories designed to generally make your daily carry experience easier, safer, or more comfortable. These products range from necessities like holsters to somewhat fanciful items like “tactical” pens.
Of all the products designed expressly for concealed carry, one of the most useful is the backpack along with its various mutations, most notably the sling backpack.
The new Atlus sling backpack from Drago Gear is a top-notch example of a well-designed pack that not only provides excellent weapon concealment, but has the large multi-purpose compartments necessary for a gear or everyday carry bag as well.
Obviously, the most prominent and unorthodox feature on the Atlus pack is the sling. It is a marvel of engineering design with one shoulder strap that fits over the head instead of the customary two found on standard backpacks.
Concealed carry permit holders should take note that the Drago Gear Atlus sling pack also features a quick-release stabilizer belt that wraps around the back and will provide balance support while drawing and firing. The Atlus design also swings easily to the front, allowing quick access to the five entry points on the pack.
At 1700 cubic inches, the Atlus pack is large enough to tote a 17” laptop. It is also water bladder compatible with a hydration system that can attach to either side of the top of the pack. A Y-compression strap runs across the outside and helps keep exterior items secure. In addition to the compartments, the interior has a 4-channel elastic organizer.
Before purchasing a Drago Gear Atlus pack, there are three minor design flaws to consider. First, you should know the sling pack does not come with a generic holster for the conceal carry compartment, but the advantage is that the loop style lets you change out weapons without changing the holster.
Secondly, the Y compression strap needs to be released before accessing the concealed carry section. Since it is a quick-release buckle, this isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker. The third issue is one that is also easily resolved, as explained by author Scott W. Wagner in his article “Drago Gear Atlus Sling Backpack” at USConcealedCarry.com:
“Because there are five compartments, there are also a lot of zippers. I would change the paracord color of the two concealed carry compartment zippers so that they stand out if you need them in a hurry.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
The Drago Gear Atlus sling pack wasn’t designed as a concealed carry pack with some extra room. It was designed as a multi-purpose pack, one of which being the ability to carry a concealed firearm. As such, the Atlus is an excellent and versatile mission pack that excels in both urban and field applications such as hiking, work or travel. MSRP is about $65.