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There's a time and place for large-capacity military-style packs covered in PALS webbing, MOLLE pouches, and expansion straps. They're great for range days, backcountry hikes, or long-term sustainment situations. However, when it comes to every-day carry around town, we prefer something more discreet and streamlined. We're therefore pleased to see more gear companies offering lower-profile options for urban EDC. Maxpedition recently launched a new pack in this style known as the Prepared Citizen Deluxe.
The Maxpedition Prepared Citizen Deluxe is a follow-up to the company's popular Prepared Citizen Classic, a pack that closely resembles a ubiquitous bookbag design we're all familiar with. This new Deluxe variant adds more capacity, compartments, and features while maintaining a relatively-innocuous appearance. Both feature sturdy 1,000D nylon fabric with double-stitching and reinforcements, YKK zippers, and Duraflex buckles. There's also a hidden rear CCW compartment for a weapon or ballistic panel.
The Prepared Citizen Deluxe pack's interior features loop-lined panels for addition of pouches, pockets, or a holster. Each side of the pack also now has an expandable bottle holder, a feature we're glad to see implemented. Total capacity is 32L, plenty for a daypack or get-home bag.
This pack is available now in four colors: Wolf Grey, Dark Blue, Black, and OD Green. MSRP is $110, but at this article's time of publication, it's on sale for $89. There's also a limited-time code on the product page for a free hook-backed holster for the CCW compartment. For more information on this pack, go to Maxpedition.com.