Maxpedition Noatak Gearslinger Overview

Maxpedition Noatak Gearslinger Overview

The Maxpedition Noatak is a sling pack that is just the right size for day hiking and other short trips. The Noatak in this article and video has been part of my collection for several years. I have no idea how many miles have been traveled with this pack.

Maxpedition uses the tag line, “Hard use gear”, and this daypack is no exception.


From the Maxpedition website:

  • Overall size:10″(L) x 5.5″(W) x 14.5″(H).
  • Main compartment: 9.5″(L) x 4″(W) x 14″(H).
  • Volume: 500 / 8L.
  • 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric.
  • Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance.
  • High tensile strength nylon webbing.
  • High tensile strength composite nylon thread (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread).
  • #AS-100 high-grade closed-cell foam padding material for superior shock protection.

The main compartment is large enough for a rain poncho, snacks, water filter… and a few other things.

The small outside pouch is where I keep the TOPO maps, compass, GPS, toilet paper and bug spray.

On the left hand side of the pack is a water bottle pocket that holds a standard 32 ounce size water bottle.

If you want to add more space, the back of the pack has PALS webbing where MOLLE gear can be attached.  There is also a couple of places on the shoulder strap where more pouches can be attached.


There is so much to like about this pack, I do not know where to start.

For one, it is just the right size for a day hike.  If a pack is too large, it will sometimes be filled with unneeded gear.

The sling makes the Noatak easy to put on and take off while wearing cold weather clothing.  During hunting season, this is my go to pack.  It is easy to put on while wearing a heavy coat, and is just the right size for snacks, water bottle, toilet paper, flashlight and skinning knife.

Paracord pulls on the zippers make the pack easy to access with gloves on.

Shoulder strap has an emergency whistle.

PALS webbing for extra pouches.



I have been using the Noatak since 2010 and have been very happy with it.

Full Disclosure

I was sent the Noatak at no cost to myself.  Even though I received the pack for free, this does not influence my opinion.

If I did not like the pack, I would have stopped using it years ago and gave it away during a contest on the forum.

As it stands right now, the Noatak is one of my favorite packs.


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September 15, 2017 at 11:01AM


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