Review: LBX Tactical Titan 2
Contributor Brian Redgrave has put the Titan 2 through its paces and here is his break down of this adaptable pack.
I’ve been on the lookout for a detailed specific larger pack (30 Liters +) that could be used in a variety of scenarios for quite some time. A pack with a large enough capacity to carry a multitude of items, of course durable, a blank internal canvas so I can customize the internal organization, and within a $100-$200 (U.S) budget. With months of online research, occasional trips to my local outdoors supply stores, I came across the LBX Tactical Titan 2.0 via an online post recommendation from a fellow pack and photography enthusiast.
LBX Tactical is a branched out company from London Bridge Trading Company whom opened the additional gear source to meet the needs of their customers. During my research of the Titan 2.0, LBX Tactical advertised a July 4th Sale, and sure enough the Titan 2.0 was included. I placed the order and within 7-10 days a big brown truck arrived with a large box from LBX Tactical!
My initial thoughts of the pack – I was quite impressed on the build quality, the amount of organization capabilities, and the various activities I can use this pack. Made of a high quality Cordura fabric, heavy duty zippers with heat-shrink tubing wrapped paracord pulls throughout, various external pockets and a couple internal pockets, padded areas where needed, etc. this pack was well thought out.
The top of the pack features two pockets, one enclosed zipper pocket that is the full depth and width of the top to stash easy access items, and a smaller mesh pocket on top of the zippered pocket to store sunglasses, etc. Either external side of the pack has a zippered pocket approximately 7” deep with three rows of MOLLE webbing to attach additional pouches or a water bottle holder. The back area features a padded laptop pocket that will hold up to a 15” laptop with zippers on either side for easy access.
The front lid, to access the main compartment, features two large internal mesh pockets, an internal row of 3” loop material, and a large external pocket with an additional row of 3” loop material. Another great feature of the lid is the capability to use LBX Tactical’s M.A.P.s system. The “Mission.Adaptive.Panel.System” was developed for use with their numerous access panels. Panel choices range from firearm magazine pouch systems, large pockets, to large modular MOLLE panels for attaching various pouches on the market. All of the M.A.P.s panels attach with ease, using two hidden top buckles, and stay secure via 8.5” H x 9” W hook and loop material panels. When the M.A.P.s system is not in use, a cover panel included with the pack can easily be attached, or the loop material can be used to secure your favorite morale patches.
The main compartment (18” H x 12” W x 6” D) internal side, top, bottom, and back walls are lined with loop material making the organization fully customizable via pouches and panels from LBX Tactical or other companies offering similar products. Additional features include heavily padded shoulder straps, adjustable sternum strap, multiple loops and D-rings to attach smaller items, back contact padding with an engineered sweat channel, and a mesh type material is used in body contact areas to help cool during warmer weather.
Choosing the Titan 2.0 for a larger more universal necessity style pack, I chose to put it through three main tests. These tests included traveling to a vacation destination for an extended weekend, hiking while carrying a large amount of camera equipment, and the final test was a day trip with my two sons to picnic at a local nature preserve. Before putting the pack through it’s paces I added two LBX Tactical sidewall pouches and an LBX Tactical Large Window Pouch using the loop material lined inside the main pocket. I typically use two side wall pouches for smaller items like batteries or some extra cash. The large window pouch works great for carrying bigger EDC items but more discreetly.
The first test of the pack as a travel bag took my family and I to our cabin just west of Lake Tahoe. I packed the Titan 2.0 with my necessities for the trip. Items included clothing for 3 days, my 13” MacBook Pro, toiletries, Maxpedition Notebook Cover, Sony A6000 with kit lens, Prometheus Design Werx AR Staff Hoodie, reading glasses, and a few additional items needed for my trip. With all my clothing folded neatly, toiletries inside the large window pouch, laptop inside the designated pocket, and the rest of my items tucked away in the additional pockets, the Titan 2.0 traveled with ease and made a great weekender travel bag. All of my items stayed in place, were well protected, and I will continue using this bag for travel.
The second test I decided I wanted the capability to pack up a large amount of camera gear, hike to a destination, and photograph some nature. Two important factors had to come in place for the Titan 2.0 to pass this test: 1. It had to hold everything I needed with extra room available for some snacks and a jacket, 2. The pack had to carry well fully loaded during my hikes. To keep my camera gear organized I used an insert from Langly.co. The insert holds a couple camera bodies, a few lenses, some filters, cleaning products, extra batteries, a few SD Cards, a remote shutter release, and a Joby Gorilla Pod. Fully organized the insert fits perfectly in the available space inside the main pocket with the large window pouch installed. Loaded with my camera gear, a Danger Ranger Bear insulated water bottle carried in a water bottle holder from ITS Tactical, and the few additional items I needed for my hike, the Titan 2.0 weighed around 25lbs. With my boys and I loaded up in my truck, off we went to one of our favorite hiking trails. This trip would take us lake side hiking up and down hills, through a couple creeks, around some rock formations, with a total distance just short of 5 miles. At first the Titan 2.0 did not carry well. About 30 minutes into our hike the weight of the pack started to settle, I re-adjusted the shoulder and sternum straps, the back-support padding started to contour correctly, and the pack carried very well.
The third test took my sons and I on a day picnic at one of our local nature preserves. Feeding two young active boys isn’t an easy task… Within the Titan 2.0 “Picnic Kit” I packed a few essentials. The items in the main pocket include a Technical Picnic Blanket from Prometheus Design Werx and an insulated lunch box I purchased from Amazon for the majority of our food items. The left side of the pack I attached a Navin pouch from F-Stop. The right side of the pack I attached a water bottle holder from ITS Tactical made by Zulu Nylon Gear. To keep hydrated I carried an All Terrain insulated water bottle from Prometheus Design Werx made by Mizu. Fully loaded the pack weighed around 12lbs. We hiked to one of our favorite spots to enjoy our picnic, explored some, and headed back home. The Titan 2.0 carried everything with ease.
After these tests, there are a few things I would change or add to the pack:
- Bottom carry handle. This would add a helpful benefit to the pack during travel or just maneuvering the bag around.
- Additional MOLLE webbing along the sides. The location of the three rows of molle webbing made the water bottle holder I attached from ITS Tactical/Zulu Nylon Gear sit too low and feel like my insulated water bottle was loose. Adding a few more rows of molle would have place the bottle holder in a more supported location, as well the opportunity to attach larger side pouches.
- Expand the depth of the side pockets. The side pockets have a depth of 7” but the zipper is located close to the top of the pack. If the pockets were close to the full depth of the sides, this would make it easier to carry longer handled items like a small axe or trekking poles.
- Capability for adding a lower padded belt for additional lumbar support.
Overall the Titan 2.0 from LBX Tactical worked out quite well for what I put the pack through. I will continue to put this pack through its paces and am confident the pack will serve it’s purposes for years to come. To check out the Titan 2.0 from LBX Tactical visit the link below.