We like tactical gear as much as the next guy, and there are many valid situations that call for it. However, in an urban survival setting, if your bag is covered in camouflage pattern, PALS webbing, and velcro morale patches, everyone is going to be able to spot your preparedness from a mile away. That's why it's important to remain discreet and fly under the radar with gear that doesn't look overtly tactical or militaristic.
Triple Aught Design understands this point, and they've proven it with the release of an all-new EDC/get-home bag system called the Meridian Transport Case. This 21″ x 13″ x 8.5″ over-the-shoulder bag is just the right size for an airplane carry-on bag, and will can even fit under the seats for frequent travelers.
The Meridian case is constructed with strong VX-21 ripstop material, high-quality YKK water-resistant zippers, and tough ITW Ladderloc buckles. It also has a non-slip durable, semi-elastic nylon strap for carrying across your back or at your side comfortably. TAD also says they plan to offer backpack straps and other accessories.
At this point, you might be thinking this is just another ordinary bag, but it's what's inside that counts. The Meridian Transport Case is designed with three clamshell-style primary compartments, to lay flat for quick loading of gear. Triple Aught Design's Helix attachment system also makes the case fully modular, so you can swap in a variety of transport cubes and control panels.
We've always been proponents of this style of packing gear, whether it's for daily travel or bugging out. The zippered transport cubes come in various sizes, and allow organized storage of key items. For example, you could have one cube with a medical kit, one with your food, one with spare clothing, and one with water purification gear. If you decide you need something like an NBC kit for a possible chemical weapons scenario, you can swap it into your bag at a moment's notice.
This system also makes for easy packing and unpacking in hotel rooms, since you don't have to dig through all your gear to find what you need. Everything in its place, and a place for everything.
The case retails for a premium price of $425, and the modular cubes and panels are $24 to $56 depending on size and type. For more information about the TAD Meridian Transport Case, check out TripleAughtDesign.com.