08 Proto SLG w/ clamping feedneck
Smart Parts Ion
Stays secure. Holds the right amount of paint for my needs.
Hard to reach pods sometimes (but that's just vertical packs in general).
I used to buy cheap no-name packs from my local store that would fall apart after a season. They often offered little support and bounced a lot while running.
The pack I bought is an Elevation and is designed comparable to what is in the picture for this review but doesn't match the description exactly as mine is a 3+2+2.
The Elevation pack has two elastic straps to help secure the pack on your back. Also on the back of it is some textured material to keep the pack from sliding around.
Even when loaded with 3-5 pods the pack feels pretty light and I don't have any back pain from wearing it like other packs I've had. The paint is held securely in the primary and secondary holders but the outer ones I rarely use and would expect that they're only good if you're going to use a lot of paint and fairly quickly use those pods.
Only negative is sometimes it is hard to back and pull the pods out (especially if you're trying to put them back in). But that's a problem with any vertical pack... but I prefer them because makes for a smaller profile.
For any new players here's what the numbering means...
The first number (3) is the number of primary pods it will hold. For ths pack, the number of pods that are secured within the velrco straps with the "quick eject" band.
The second number (2) is the number of elastic holders (typically between the primaries) to hold paint. The paint is held fairly securely but likely if you filled these spots its because you're expecting to throw a lot of paint down the field.
The last number (2) is the number of pods that can be held on the outsides of the pack. Typically, this number is always 2. On the Elevation pack, the elastic band is not as wide as the ones between the 3 primaries but they do have a little strap to help keep the lid closed.
I think if you filled these pods up then you're a back player and likely laying down cover/suppression for the rest of your team and thus would shoot these pods quickly as they're not secure enough (in my mind) to be running all over the field with.
Keep in mind, some +1 packs are talking about a spot to hold a tank which is good if you're doing a remote setup.
If you think you'll shoot more than 3-5 pods a game then a 3+2+2 is probably not for you and you'd want to look at a 4+3+2 or up.
Great pack for the money. Light weight, comfortable, compact pack that does what its supposed to do.