Call me OCD if you like, but the truth is I am an organization freak and a bit of a perfectionist, which is why I jumped at the chance to review the Jedburgh pack from Blue Force Gear. I am always looking for better ways to organize and carry my EDC gear. With the Jedburgh’s modularity and customizability, I thought it might just be the answer to my every-day needs.
Like all of Blue Force Gear’s covert and general use packs, the Jedburgh is named after a World War II clandestine operation. Operation Jedburgh was a joint Allied operation which involved American, British, French, Dutch, and Belgian personnel. Led by the French, the Jedburgh teams were dropped by parachute into Nazi-occupied France, the Netherlands, and Belgium to conduct guerrilla warfare and lead local resistance forces against the Germans. The use of the Jedburgh name is fitting, since the intent of this pack design is to avoid drawing attention, even in non-permissive environment.
The Jedburgh is essentially the next evolution of the BFG Denied Access Pattern (DAP) pack, which was discontinued several years ago for reasons unknown in the annals of history. Perhaps it was BFG’s way of creating scarcity and driving up demand, or maybe they just like teasing their customers, but I digress. What I do know is that the DAP had a pretty good fan base and many people were sad to see it go.
The pack that I received from BFG was Wolf Grey. This color has become somewhat of a standard for grey man (no pun intended) operations in urban environments due to its low color signature. Wolf Grey blends in well with concrete, asphalt, steel, and reflective glass, making it the least visible color within urban environments. Plus, it works well with civilian attire and does not scream, “Hey! Look at me!” Instead, it whispers, “Nothing to see here. I’m just a regular urbanite on my way to Starbucks to use their free WiFi.”
The bottom of the Jedburgh is constructed from a single piece of BFG’s proprietary ULTRAcomp™ high performance laminate. This hydrophobic material stays dry and light while combining the properties of a rubber-based laminate, making it resistant to tear, abrasion, water, bacteria, and fungus. This ensures that the bottom of the pack remains protected under continual use against rough surfaces like concrete. The remainder of the pack is made from INVISTA Solution Dyed 500 Denier Cordura™, making this pack a light 24 ounces.
The Jedburgh itself is quite plain, consisting of an 800 cubic-inch main compartment and a 240 cubic-inch outer front pocket, both of which are lined with hook and loop material. The outside of the outer pocket is lined with a two-column MOLLEminus strip, which lacks the overt look of standard MOLLE webbing.
Where the pack begins to shine is when you throw in the BFG Dappers. These hook and loop organizer pockets allow you to customize the Jedburgh to suit your own personal needs, which may change from day to day depending on your mission. The Dappers can be pre-packed so that all you have to do is grab the items you need for the day and throw them in your pack (neatly organized using the provided hook and loop system, of course).
I keep several utility Dappers set up with specialized equipment so I can grab and go accordingly. I have a large one filled with EDC items that are must-have items, such as a flashlight, multi-tool, writing pad and pen, waterproof matches, lip balm, and a few other items. I have another smaller utility pouch that serves as an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) equipped with a CAT, pressure dressing, NPA, compressed gauze, a large-bore needle catheter, and some other medical items. I keep another utility pouch equipped with electronic accessories, such as a phone charger, portable charging pack, headphones, and other items needed to maintain and support my electronics.
Unlike traditional backpack shoulder straps which are typically constructed out of the same nylon material as the rest of the pack, the Jedburgh shoulder straps utilize a super soft nylon sleeve over a two-inch wide closed cell foam padding. This is the same design used in the BFG Vickers Combat Application Sling. At first glance, the simplicity of the shoulder straps gave me the impression that the pack would be a little uncomfortable, but once I began using the pack I found the design to be quite comfortable. The soft tubular material prevents chafing against the neck, while the simplistic design adds to the covertness of the pack by making it look less “tactical.”
Some additional features of the pack include a grab handle at the top and two hydration/media ports stemming from the main compartment. The back panel has a sewn-in HDPE frame for added comfort and stability. The clamshell-style main compartment and outer front compartment are secured with pattern-matched zippers with paracord pull tabs.
I have been very pleased with the quality and performance of the Jedburgh pack. If you are looking for a grey-man pack that has the capacity, comfort, and durability of a high-quality day/assault pack, then look no further than the Blue Force Gear Jedburgh pack. I wouldn’t hesitate, either, because you never know when BFG will decide to pull this pack from the lineup (not that they are planning on it, but it has happened before). The Jedburgh pack retails for $140.00 and is also available in Black, Coyote Brown, OD Green, and, in case you are opting for a more overt color pattern, Multicam. All Blue Force Gear products are made here in the USA and come with a limited lifetime guarantee.
Photo Credits: Chad McBroom & Bill Bahmer Photography