At one point I found myself looking for a small, easy to carry, general purpose gear/range bag and had a look around at some of the offerings. Maxpedition came up in my searching and I started looking at packs they offer. They have a wide and diverse range of packs and accessories available. I settled on the Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger as the size and features seemed to loosely fit my list of requirements of a range bag. It was reasonably compact but big enough for a box of ammunition and some hearing protection.
The Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger has your pretty standard hodge podge of nylon and stitching holding it together. The stitching is double stitched all around the bag, which is excellent, I’ve not had a single seam issue no matter what I’ve stuffed into the bag or how haphazardly I’ve tossed it around. The buckles and rings on the pack are plastic and unfortunately, as you will read below, this is one of the weak areas in the construction that affects the durability of the pack itself. There is some elastic outside the upper compartment for stuffing things into and behind. The zippers all have paracord pulls which are also excellent and very durable.
The Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger is well designed. There are three main compartments. The biggest is accessible from the top directly behind the carry handle and chest strap. The next is immediately outside the large compartment, at the top, and is roughly the size of a sunglasses case. It has a key clip and lanyard in it, which is a nice touch. The larger compartment has an area you can slip paperwork behind up against where your back would rest. There is also a small pouch for cash, cards, whatever small items you may need to keep track of. On the outside of the Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger on the bottom is another compartment with a zipper closure that you can stick snacks and the like in. The compartment is rather slim and won’t hold a water bottle or anything like that. This lower compartment typically carries a staple gun when I go to the range for hanging targets. Immediately outside the lower compartment is a small zipper pocket, even thinner, and I have a box of staples for the staple gun in there. Obviously you could put whatever you desire in there but those items give you an idea of the compartment size.
The main strap is comfortable and I like the concept of dropping the whole pack up over your shoulder like a messenger bag. Its quick and convenient and just what the doctor ordered for a small grab and go bag. Along those lines I would say it is well suited to being outfitted as a ‘Go Bag’ for LE or MIL folks. The Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger is light and wouldn’t get in the way of other gear in the event of an active shooter. It’s big enough to throw medical supplies in, flex cuffs, you could even toss some AR magazines inside it. Or, depending on the accessories you desire, there is molle webbing on the lower portion of the outside surface of the bag and on both sides. So there is the ability to customize the configuration of this bag.
Now onto the not so great. I had this bag out of the box, the first day, in the first ten minutes, and when I unclipped the main chest clip one of the buckle clips on the male end broke off. This I believe highlights the folly of using plastic and affordable materials on heavy or frequent use areas of a product you are producing. Now I will give Maxpedition this much, they made it right. I called them up and explained the situation. I wasn’t met with any suspicion or hostility about the matter. They made sure it was the male end as that was user replaceable, while the female end was not, and they mailed me a new clip free of charge. They didn’t even want the broken clip sent to them, they just replaced it. That’s taking care of your customers. Unfortunately given when and how the failure occurred, I’ve sort of stopped messing with that buckle for fear of history repeating itself. It also means that even though I’ve not had an issue with the pack since and I use it often, I can’t in good conscience rate it as high as I otherwise would.
The Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger is priced about where you expect it to be. It comes in right around the one-hundred dollar price point and given the amount of use mine has seen, it feels like a fair price. The only little detail that makes it feel a bit steep is the overall size of the bag, and the one issue of durability I already mentioned.