NOTE: Ships November 2018
Here is a link to the tracking for this shipment. Backpacks will ship out in 1-2 business days after the shipment arrives at our warehouse.
Early Bird BLACKPACK Shipment
This will be the first full production run BLACKPACK. We will incorporate a few minor improvements based on initial feedback including a slightly larger laptop pocket for 15.6" laptops. It should be available in November of 2018
Here are the current planned improvements.
- Slightly larger laptop pocket to better fit most 15.6” laptops
- Longer water bottle pocket zipper to allow for taller 32 oz bottles
- Slightly wider and thinner quick access pocket. This should allow you to put most phones in the quick access pocket and help it to protrude less into the main pocket
- About 10 cm longer straps to better accommodate larger shoulders
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE BLACKPACK AND MOS PACK GRANDE?
Short answer: The GRANDE is a LOT bigger. The BLACKPACK is made with higher-quality materials and has a built-in rain fly.
- The GRANDE can be expanded up to 40 L when compared to the 27 L max size of the BLACKPACK.
- The GRANDE has a 300D Nylon colored exterior and 1000D Nylon bottom which is very durable. The BLACKPACK has a 1680D Ballistic Nylon exterior which is even more durable and provides more abrasion and tear resistance.
- The GRANDE can fit up to a 17" laptop compared to a 15" laptop for the BLACKPACK.
- The GRANDE can fit up to a 40 oz water bottle compared to a 32 oz for the BLACKPACK.
- The Ripstop nylon interior of the BLACKPACK has the added benefit of being water resistant.
- The BLACKPACK has a built-in rain fly that provides extra padding for your electronics when not in use. The GRANDE does not.
- Only the sternum strap on the BLACKPACK is removable.
- Mounting for the REACH C and REACH+ power adapters.
- Large tablet pockets that will fit a 12" MacBook.
- Hard-shelled quick access pocket, passport pocket, cell phone pocket, cable management, breathable back panels, EVA foam straps, YKK Vislon zippers, and Hypalon zipper pulls.
- 5-year warranty.
I've been a MOS fan for years, and it's cool to see the evolution of their backpacks. I loved the original MOS pack, including the charging system. They've improved on the MOS pack in almost every way with the Blackpack, which is probably why the price is a bit higher. I've had my Blackpack for about 2 months now (yeah, I got a pre-production one cause I'm a fanboy). Here are my favorite features. 1) the charging system/cable management. I love being able to park my bag at a hotel or even at home, plug it in and have my stuff fully charged when I need to go. I HATE wires getting everywhere, so the cable channels and the holders for power banks, etc. are a lifesaver. 2) the hard-shell valuables pocket. I use it for sunglasses mostly, but I sometimes find myself throwing earbuds or other quick access things in it. 3) the darn rain fly. I live in a desert, so it hardly rains, but when it does, it don't drizzle like an oceanside town--it POURS. Plus, the extra padding it provides the puter when tucked in is nice. 4) it looks awesome. I love the black. And it looks premium and durable. It almost looks like some sort of military navy seal kind of material. I actually also love the orange inside, since it makes it easier to see what's in it due to the contrast. 5) nevermind, I forgot about my real absolute favorite feature: the zippers. They're the ones with the fat teeth that NEVER bend or come apart or get stuck. Honestly, I don't know why anybody would make a bag with anything but these zippers. MOS should come out with a tent and use these zippers and they'd put Cabelas out of bidness.
My only gripe with the older bags was they were a tad too small to fit clothing for a weekender. The blackpack solves that problem with the expando zipper.
I don't know, I just love this bag.
It feels pretty solid and durable, it holds pretty much all my college gear and looks slim. The padding did feel awkward at first but I got used to it and it helps my posture. Only had it for a week so hopefully, it stays like this for the rest of my college career.