High Sierra Soak 2.0 Hydration Pack for Glock SBR Review

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

I purchased this bag at Wal-Mart for about $25 in 2006 to be a super lightweight bug out / response bag. At the time I carried three Glock 33-round magazines inside plus a first aid kit and some emergency supplies.

I later upgraded my kit and the bag sat in the Box of Bewildered Bags for years.

Fast forward to 2013. I got the NFA stamp back for my Glock 19 and was looking around for a bag for the KPOS enclosure. The High Sierra bag was very small and non-threatening. Would it work?

Sure did, and while the Soak 2.0 isn’t available any more there are some modern models that may fit the bill if you’re looking for a similar bag.

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Dimensions and construction

The bag is 18″ x 7.5″ x 4.25″ – 6.5″ . There’s a side zipper that allows you to increase the capacity of the bag; this is why the bag can be 4.25″ to 6.5″.

The Soak 2.0 is a combination of thin, lightweight nylon and slightly more robust nylon. This is not an ultra-rugged pack built to withstand the harsh conditions of combat.

I have no idea what kind of zippers are on the bag. I presume they are not YKK. The zippers are vinyl sealed, but the bag itself is not water proof. I wouldn’t even describe the bag as terribly water resistant, although I have worn it during class with light rain.

There several reflective elements on the bag, including the back and on the front of the straps.

Pockets, storage and other features

There is a large, top opening chamber and a smaller one on the back of the bag. The large chamber has a pocket for a hydration bladder. The bag comes with a 2.0L hydration bladder, which I removed.

This is where I store my KPOS, and nothing else but the KPOS.

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The back pouch is large enough for a small trauma kit plus several 33-round Glock magazines.

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Due to weight considerations I only carry two now, but you could easily run five inside.

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There is a mesh pouch on the inside of the bag (as you can see above) but I don’t keep anything in there.

There is a small pocket on top of the rear section of the bag. I keep my NFA paperwork and a set of Surefire ear plugs in there:

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There are a bunch of auxiliary storage options I don’t use that you might be interested in. For example, the shock cord on the back of the bag could hold something in a pinch. There’s a mesh bag that unzips from the bottom and is used for holding a bicycle helmet.

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There’s also a (very flimsy) lumbar support system that unfolds from the back pocket:

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Usage

This bag gets zero attention in public. I’ve carried it into the following places:

  • Several movie theaters, even on opening night
  • Restaurants
  • Big box stores with names that rhyme with Jarget, Jostco, and Jal-Mart
  • PRIDE
  • Neighborhood walks
  • One of the largest Malls in all Of America

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My usual EDC bag is a green day pack, and while that doesn’t turn many heads, this bag is even more innocuous.

I’ve worn this bag up to 10 hours at a time without taking it off. The straps aren’t very well padded but the overall weight in the bag is so low you won’t notice. I’ve worn it in a few fight-focused training classes, and it’s robust enough to not be an issue.

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If there’s one criticism I will level at the bag is that the opening isn’t as wide as I’d like. I have to be very careful how much stuff I put in the bag, because if it becomes overloaded it is difficult to remove the KPOS easily.

As it is, I have to put a standard G19 magazine in order to clear the bag. I don’t think you could run a G17 in this bag, or even a Glock 19 +2 extended magazine.

I’ve learned to deploy the KPOS fairly quickly from this bag. There are a lot of learning opportunities in this video, but you can see how quickly the KPOS deploys (8 seconds) plus how I manage the bag once the KPOS is free:

Conclusion and current availability

I love this bag for what it is: a total sleeper, devoid of any “tactical” appearance. I did stick a Short Barrel Shepherd Ranger Eye patch on the back, but if I left that off it would blend in completely with other “civilian” bags.

I also think the price was great; in researching this article the bag was available for as low as $20 at Costco. I’d pay over twice as much.

Unfortunately the Soak 2.0 has been discontinued, however High Sierra has several other similar bags that may do the trick.

The purpose of this post is to point out the features of the bag so that you may think about what you need (or don’t need) for carrying a vSBR. I think this bag would do equally well with a Skorpion or even an M-10 with a short magazine.

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About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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