Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Triple Aught Design has ventured into the outdoor pack realm with its launch of the Spectre series.  The Spectre packs are designed to be lighter weight and modular while still maintaining the durability that TAD enthusiasts expect in their gear.  What’s intrigued me about TAD in the post Patrick Ma-era is that they haven’t been afraid to step outside of their comfort zone; developing new designs in advanced materials for different philosophies of use.  The San Francisco based company sent me their Triple Aught Design Spectre 34L after I handled the 22L liter version at Overland Expo West.  I’ve carried it for a few weeks now; mostly on hikes and for a long weekend trip as my travel/EDC pack.

I’ve had it for a short period, but a few things stand out about this bag. First, the harness is removable and adjustable; similar to the Futura harness on some of Mystery Ranch’s offerings.  The major difference is that the TAD harness is one size fits all within the adjustment range whereas Mystery Ranch makes its Futura harness in different sizes (S-XXL).

First Look: Triple Aught Design Spectre 34L Backpack

The larger packs in the line (34L and 46L) include a removable waist belt.  Here is a TAD video showing how to adjust the packs, which should give you a good feel for the possibilities.

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