If you’ve been hunting for a great EDC (Every Day Carry) pack that can also be used as a GHB (Get Home Bag), something that is visually appealing and still FUNCTIONAL, I have just the ticket for you — the Hazard 4 Watson sling pack.
Let’s start with the basics. The Hazard 4 Watson measures 13″ x 8.5″ x 7″. It is a sling style pack, with the main strap running across the front of the body from right shoulder to left hip. There is a secondary strap that runs from the pack, under the right armpit, to the main strap. Both straps are fully adjustable.
There are MOLLE attachment points on the front of the pack, which also has loop patches for hook and loop attachment:
The well-padded main strap also has MOLLE attachment points:
The back of the pack is also padded, making for a comfortable carry.
Just inside the back of the pack is the first storage area we’ll discuss. As you can see, it is lined with padding. This pocket is perfect for carrying netbooks, tablets, or your concealed carry weapon. This is where I keep my Grid-It Organizer.
The main storage area is deep and has a large elastic pouch on one side and a zippered compartment on the other.
There is a front pocket as well, just behind the MOLLE attachment points. It is lined with several smaller pockets for tools, pens, flashlights, knives, whatever.
On either side of the pack are two more zippered pockets, each with smaller pockets on the outside. The interior of these zippered compartments are each large enough for a 1L water bottle. What I’ve done is put a water bottle on one side and my Pathfinder stainless steel bottle and cook pot set in the other.
At the top of the pack is an easy-to-grab handle, with another handle at the bottom.
What I really appreciate about the Hazard 4 Watson is the attention to the little things. For example, the buckle on the main strap has a slide lock:
There are two small drain holes built in to the front pouch of the pack:
Each of the adjustable straps terminates in a velcro loop, allowing you to roll up the slack so it isn’t bouncing around as you walk. This is a heavy-duty pack, constructed of 1000 D Cordura. I have no doubt it will hold up very well over time.
Now, few if any sling packs are made to tote a ton of gear. To me, that’s sort of the beauty of it. I much prefer smaller packs to begin with, as they force you to give serious thought to each and every item you put into them. Many people, when confronted with a larger pack, feel compelled to fill the damn thing all the way to bursting.
I have roughly 15 lbs of gear in my Hazard 4 Watson. It is designed to ride a bit low on the back, down at the lumbar area. With the heavily padded strap, I’ve found it to be very comfortable. The pack doesn’t pull at my shoulder like some other sling packs I’ve tried.
The Hazard 4 Watson is a high-quality piece of equipment. The seams are stitched well, the zippers are robust, and the buckles are all heavy duty. Honestly, this is probably the most well-made pack I’ve owned.
The only modification I’ve made, if you can even call it that, is to attach my belt pouch survival kit to the MOLLE straps on the front of the pack. The idea behind that is that if I’m needing to bug out, I can just grab this pack and go. Once I’m on the road, I’ll remove the pouch from the pack and put it on my belt. That way, should I become separated from the pack for some reason, I can use the belt pouch kit as my backup. My Condor Bushlore resides inside the Hazard 4 Watson as well and would go immediately on my belt should I be bugging out.
For my money, the Hazard 4 Watson is an excellent option for an EDC pack that doubles as a GHB or even a small BOB. It looks sharp and won’t weigh you down as you go about your normal daily routines.
The Watson is my first acquisition from Hazard 4’s extensive line of products but I guarantee you it damn sure won’t be my last! You can find the Hazard 4 Watson here on Amazon for under $120, available in coyote (tan) or black.