Mission Workshop’s range topping Arkiv Field Pack gets the Advanced Projects treatment. The result is the VX / R8 Arkiv Field Pack which makes use of 8 rails, as opposed to the two found on the R2 and six found on the R6. This AP edition is made using a 1000 denier VX Corduar ripstop shell that is backed with a PTFE waterproof membrane. Beyond that, the bag is lined with a VX70 ripstop liner, producing what should be an extremely durable and weatherproof bag. Sizing options include a large version with a 40 liter (2,500 cu.in.) capacity, or a small option at half the size (20 linters, 1,250 cu.in.)
More details, but my initial impressions of the Advanced Projects VX Large Rucksack await you past the break.
The real genius in the system (as previously covered) is the customizable accessories that attach to the bag. The military (and custom bag makers) have been doing something similar for years now using the MOLLE system. While similar, the Arkiv version feels more refined, and is easier to use. Accessories for the AP edition are made using the same fabrics as the main bag, and include the Folio ($76), Laptop Case ($94), Tool Pocket ($66), Utility / Cell Pocket ($36), Vertical Roll Pocket ($56), Vertical Zip Pocket ($60), Should Strap ($24), and Waist Belt ($34). The Main bag is priced at $320 for a small, and $360 for the large. Yes, it’s can become a very pricy setup, but with a lifetime warrantee, you should only have to buy it once.
Also of note is the fact that the Advanced Projects version of the Mission Workshop Fitzroy, dubbed the VX Large Rucksack, has just arrived for review. Initial impressions are very high as one might expect of a bag costing $319. The bag oozes quality and class. The construction and materials used are of the utmost quality, and it gives the bag a great tactile feel. It holds it’s shape well when unloaded, and is very comfortable when worn. The Arkiv fasteners (image below) are a huge improvement over the traditional plastic buckles. And for those of us that prefer a very large bag, I am pretty sure a small child could be carried in on, but we don’t recommend it. A smaller version is also available if desired. A full review is coming soon. In the mean time, here’s another image and a couple of videos