Karrimor SF Predator Patrol 45 Review 2012/10/30
I think it’s important to always match a product to its intended use
and function. I often get asked “is this the best?” but
I instead always encourage getting people to think “is this
fit for purpose”. This review is about the KarrimorSF
Predator Patrol 45.
Introduction for Predator Patrol 45
When it comes to rucksacks I have been through a fair few in my time out
in the field, and when it comes to being aware of what’s out there I'm
sure in my judgement to avoid the gimmicks and get the goods I want and
Storing everything from bivi poles to
small forest axes the Karrimor SF Predator Patrol 45 copes with it all.
Match a product to its intended use; it’s with this in mind that I will
tell you now the Predator Patrol is not a super lightweight pack. It’s a
tough beast intended on being put to its limits travelling through tough
terrain and getting out the other end intact. So for super lightweight
trips I would perhaps look elsewhere.
However for when you are moving through tough terrain, practising
bushcraft, or wanting some real expansion options, then there is not
much on the market and the Predator Patrol 45 has served me well in
The Predator has a no punches pulled
design and solid construction; it is the only pack I would consider to
take into a survival/bushcraft expedition as I know I could depend on
Quick access to your gear is always
essential, here Ed is taking his axe out of the Karrimor SF Predator
Patrol. I can safely say this as I have been using it solidly for
almost a year now; it has seen snow, heavy rain, humidity and baking
summer heat. It’s been through the lot! It has excelled at being my go
to pack for the toughest conditions. I will go on to discuss the pack
in detail but the only down side to me is that at the end of the day
it is a military pack and therefore the hip belts are designed to sit
above webbing, which your average person on the street doesn’t wear
and so as a result all the weight is on your shoulders. This takes a
while getting used to but once you are comfortable with it then you
notice it less and less. Just make sure you pack your rucksack
correctly with most of the weight closest to your back and centre of
The Predator Patrol 45 has some of the best expansion options on
anything I have seen or used. With its MOLLE webbing you can easily
attach two 20 litre side pouches (called rocket packs). You can fit
smaller ‘Omni’ pouches and ammo pouches too. Firstly the pouches fit
ration packs really well and secondly the ammo pouches hold folding saws
too. Above all the adaptability of this rucksack is great. I use the
Predator when I’m out teaching, survival hiking or practising bushcraft.
It suits being dropped, taken through sharp thorny undergrowth, and
soaked with rain and just generally being abused. It sees off all of
this with ease.
The different storage options of the
Predator Patrol 45 are one of its strong points.
The fabric used is super tough 1000 Denier Nylon coated with silicon and
PU, in other words these help protect against tears and make it really
water resistant. I have been out in the heavy rain with the pack and you
can see water collect in little pools on the fabric. The water doesn’t
soak in; it actually sits there on the surface – fantastic! It has a DWR
(durable water repellent finish) applied and to clarify this can always
be replenished by Nikwax or similar brands. Couple of other nice
features are both front and back carry loops. Great for when you are
carrying a lot of weight and want to move the pack around, you can grab
either side of the pack which makes for an easier lift. The thread used
in the pack is rot proof. If you out and about in all weathers then it’s
an extra reassurance to have. Just remember as with all your gear to dry
it out completely before storing it at home. To accommodate extra gear
you can loosen the top lid. The pack can easily fit a Small Forest Axe
too. Moving through tough terrain? This rucksack can handle anything.
Some of the webbing straps are annoyingly long. I use some black tape to
stick the webbing together which shortens it.
Its good to neaten up your buckle
straps. Don't wanna look like a newb do we?
However coming back to all the expansion options, if you are going on a
multi day backcountry hike? Well stick the two 20litre rocket packs on
each side and you have an extra 40litres to use. Simply travelling
around town with a small load? You can shrink the size of the pack by
using the side zips. The expansion system means instead of buying
different packs for different uses you can simply alter the one you
have. Highly Recommended.
Review of Karrimor SF Commander 45 HERE