Backpacks: Tactical Pro vs Tactical

Discussion in 'Razer Gear' started by kajira, May 4, 2016.

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  1. kajira

    kajira Well-Known Member

    It seems that we have had numerous questions regarding the Tactical Pro backpack vs the regular Tactical Backpack regarding size, capacity, etc. While I did not take measurements, I did take photos this morning to show everyone the differences side by side. (I do own them both)
    (btw, please forgive my odd choice of where to set them up, I still can't leave my bedroom much. lol)

    Here are the two in a front view side by side: You'll notice that the larger Tactical Pro has the Molle pouches on the front and the two patches.

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    Here is a side view of the two back to back: The Tactical Pro has slightly larger pockets on the sides, only makes sense for a bigger bag. the Tactical Pro also has the side straps to keep the pack more tightly compressed when it's full. Again, only makes sense for the bigger bag.

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    The front pockets: These two are virtually identical. They both have the same credit card slots, the same mesh pocket with a snap mechanism to attach keys and the felt-lined pocket in the back that fits my 10.5in tablet perfectly. However, the Tactical Backpack has the cord things on the bottom left there that the Tactical Pro does not. These two pockets are the same size on both backpacks.

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    The main central pockets: The Tactical Pro has the top portion of this pocket felt-lined so that you can stick the headphone holder to it via velcro and on the front side they both have the same smaller pocket that fits notebooks and such. (a little easier to see on the regular backpack here)

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    The laptop pockets: You'll notice here that on the Tactical Pro the laptop pocket is still under the flap that also covers the main pocket. On the Tactical Backpack you close that flap and the backpack slot is behind it. Other than that and their sizes the are designed identical, right down the bottom that has "cloth padded bubbles" for extra shock protection.

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    One thing that is also different that I did not take a photo of is that the Tactical Pro backpack also has a built in rain guard that comes out from the bottom and stretches over the top of the bag to keep things a little more safe. Here is a photo from that taken from the Razer Store website.

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    I think that pretty much sums it up. If folks are curious about the materials or construction, I'd say they feel identical in that regard. Really, what it comes down to, is what size works better for your needs. For myself, if I am taking my laptop anywhere I *must* take the Tactical Pro with me, I can't fit my laptop into the regular Tactical. However, when I am just out visiting friends (non-gaming) or transporting stuff that has nothing to do with my laptop then I usually take the regular Tactical Backpack.

    Hope that helps sort out a few of the questions between the two! :)
     
  2. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    Ohhhhh. I was wondering what was so different about them. I never noticed the size difference, all I thought was different were the pockets. Man, was I ever wrong. But, it seems as if the Canadian RazerStore (I know this doesn't apply to many) may have glitched! It displays both bags at the same price of 179.99$CAD, so I assumed that it was just the pockets.

    Anyways, very nice and clean post! You're banging out a lot of those. Keep it up!
     
  3. kajira

    kajira Well-Known Member

    @GenTheIdiot Thanks, I appreciate it!! It's easier for me now that I found an app to upload directly to the storage site I use. I have all this stuff here, I may as well share what I can. lol :)
     
  4. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    Tac Pro looks like something I might use! Do you know if its durable enough for something like camping?
     
  5. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    I would worry about it a little bit, but it should definitely handle light camping. Provided that you're not trekking through snow, or torrential rain, I'd say it would help. But, it's just not the same as an ultra-light pack. Things designed for camping will probably preform better than the Tactical Pro. Plus, it's very expensive. While it is durable, it's not designed for extended use in the elements.

    However, it is a very strong and relatively durable bag. It's up to you.
     
  6. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    Okay if it can't withstand rain then nvm lol
     
  7. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    I didn't say that. It can very much withstand rain. I'm talking about a torrential storm. Up until then, I'd say the bag is great.
     
  8. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    Gotcha! I will consider it if my Camel Bak ever fails me.
     
  9. kajira

    kajira Well-Known Member

    I don't do major hiking / camping trips anymore, and then ones I did when I was younger weren't anything serious. Maybe a 1-2 mile hike with one or two nights staying in a tent where we had a clean, usable river and a campfire. I would most definitely feel good taking my Tactical Pro out there on those kinds of trips. The closest mine comes to that these days though is going to the Marines family day where it sits in the dust on the ground all day carrying my gadgets, sweatshirt, water, etc while we watch the Marines do their stuff. (definitely a good time, but it's also very hot, dusty, dirty and beyond the average "picnic" setting)
     
  10. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    Are you referring to the 2 pouches used for holding USB drives? The Tactical Pro has the pouches.
     
  11. kajira

    kajira Well-Known Member

    Possibly - I didn't stick my hands deep in the pockets to check them out - but I did notice that whatever is down there on the bottom left front of the Tactical Backpack is brightly labeled, whereas I did not see the same bright labeling in my Tactical Pro Backpack.
     
  12. forevercrl

    forevercrl Active Member

    Do Tactical Pro Backpack slim when it is empty? Currently i'm using Targus backpack and it seem like very large although it is empty.
     
  13. kajira

    kajira Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure how slim you're looking for when it's empty, but it's certainly smaller than if it's full. Also, there are straps on the sides that you can tighten up to pull the front and back together to help it become more compact, or to hold things in place when it is fully packed. I tend to keep those sides rather tight most of the time just so things don't shift around much.
     
  14. ttouchdown77

    ttouchdown77 Active Member

    Lots of useful info here. I was already planning on getting the tactical pro. Very good to know that the bottom of the laptop compartment is padded to protect my Blade Stealth when I put the bag down. Thanks for the post!
     
  15. MochaRaf

    MochaRaf Active Member

    Thanks for the informative post, I was gearing toward the tactical backpack but having seen a great side by side comparison I am now more inclined towards the pro. Does anyone know what the exact purpose of the flaps are? Is it extra protection against rainy weather or is it purely design?
     
  16. CrunchyApples

    CrunchyApples New Member

    Here is a video someone made about the Tactical backpack (not Pro), it's his first video but its pretty informative.
     
  17. kajira

    kajira Well-Known Member

    Which flaps are you referring to, the ones that cover the zippered pocket(s) or the ones that cover the side pockets?

    I imagine that if you mean the zippered pockets then it's to help reduce weather, dust, spills, etc. Keep in mind that the Tactical Backpack only has the flap over the main compartment and the laptop section is not under the flap. Also, the Tactical Pro backpack does come with the waterproof rain cover tucked into the bottom of the bag that you can pull over the whole thing to keep it even more safe from the elements if needed.

    If you were referring to the side pockets, then I just assume that it's to keep the stuff in the pockets if the items are not large, like a water bottle.

    Hope that helps a little. :)
     
  18. wesdalelio

    wesdalelio Member

    As beautiful as the Tactical Pro looks, I feel like the standard Tactical would be a better option for me as a student, trying to show off, while carrying work stuff, and some tech utilities that are really only important to me.
     
  19. CrunchyApples

    CrunchyApples New Member

    Another important thing to thing about is how big you are because the Tactical Pro is significantly bigger, I am 6 ft and have pretty wide shoulders and I was not able to wear the Tactical comfortably, where as with the Tactical Pro it sits very comfortably.
     
  20. kajira

    kajira Well-Known Member

    In this regard, it also really depends on what size your laptop is. The standard tactical backpack is for a 15" laptop, while the tactical pro will fit up to a 17" laptop.
     
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