Eberlestock’s Halftrack Review & Bug Out Bag Use

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Eberlestock’s Halftrack is a great bag. This bag is made of tough stuff & is very dependable. The Halftrack is a 50 Liter bag that weighs about 6lbs. & 12oz. For starters this bag has every feature I have every looked for in a bag. The first thing I noticed is the excessive amount MOLLE webbing on the outside of the bag. There is a nice size compartment at the top of the bag. Good for holding smaller items.

There is also MOLLE webbing on the top of that compartment. There are compression straps on both sides of the bag. There are two large side-mounted compartments on both sides of the bag. They can be used to hold two 3-liter hydration systems or extra gear. There are 2 smaller pockets called Catch-All pockets on both sides of the bag, located at the bottom with drawstring assist. There are also 2 tunnel pockets behind the side-mounted compartment.

The tunnel pockets can be use to carry skis, long poles, Shotguns & other long equipment. There is a flat pocket on the front of the bag. You can put a book or two or hold paperwork. The shoulder harness & straps are great. They are comfortable as they cinch & un-cinch with ease. The shoulder harness is adjustable as well. Providing you with better support to carrying your load. Now, the waist belt is the one of the many features into why I bought the bag. It fits around my waist & it doesn’t cut into me. The waist belt is very comfortable & stays on my hips. There is MOLLE webbing on both sides of the waist belt as well.

The Halftrack is a front loader, which makes getting to your gear easier & avoids a lot of digging around in your bag. There is MOLLE webbing inside the bag as well. Another feature that I like is the fold-down shelf that separates the main chamber into an upper & lower chamber. There is also a mesh flap in the rear of the main compartment. It serves as a radio rack but for civilians you can store more gear.

At the bottom of the bag, there is a lightweight pull out rain cover. That covers the entire bag. So, there are a total of 5 compartments with the Fold Down Shelf down, 6 compartments if you raise the Fold Down Shelf & 15 pockets throughout the bag.

This bag is tough & very comfortable. The padding on the back of the bag is very comfortable. The design reduces sweating & allows for some air to the back. I would recommend the bag to anyone looking for a great tactical bag to use. I do recommend tactical gear for civilian use because most tactical gears are tough as nails.

As A Bug Out Bag:

This is where this bag makes its mark. As a Bug Out Bag this bag holds a lot of gear. The bag’s features make storing & retrieving gear easy. The front-loading feature is great because it reduces your having to dig through the bag to get an item out. The 6 liters of water you can carry is another huge feature. The two side mounted compartments allows you to carry 1.5 gallons of water, which adds an additional 12 lbs. to the bag. Instead of carrying water, you can also store gear in the side-mounted compartments. If you pack the bag right, you can store 5 – 7 days worth of gear. There are 12 smaller pockets on the inside of the bag alone, which allows you to store smaller items. Smaller items such as extra ammo, 550 cord, emergency blankets, & paper work.

Durability & Comfort:

To test out it’s durability & comfort. I used the bag as an EDC & walked to work. The walk is 3 miles. I made sure I had the same amount of weight as my regular Bug Out Bag. When walking with the bag I noticed that it stays squared on the back & doesn’t shift around. The shoulder harness plays a great role in carrying your Bug Out Gear. With the harness being adjustable it makes carrying the load easier. The shoulder straps don’t cut into you, no matter how much weight you put in. I have thrown the bag around to test its durability. It holds up well. The strong stitching throughout the bag also holds together well. The buckles are sturdy. The clips are tough after repeated use. It doesn’t keep rain out well so I suggest using the rain cover that comes with the bag.

MOLLE Webbing:

Using the MOLLE webbing on this bag, you can MOLLE all kinds of gear to it. You can MOLLE medical pouches (which should put on the side or front of the bag), you can MOLLE water bottle pouches (which should be put on the waist belt for easy access), & you can MOLLE miscellaneous pouches for whatever you need them for. The MOLLE webbing is stitched in strong & doesn’t tear away so easily. You can also MOLLE gear on the inside of the bag to make up more compartments, that will allow you to carry even more gear.


The Halftrack is a great bag but you should always practice with what ever Bug Out Bag you own. A Bug Out Bag is an extension of you. This bag will save your life, it will feed you, keep you warm, & shelter you. You have to know how your bag will feel on your back after walking a certain distance. By practicing ahead of time, you will have made all the necessary adjustments that were needed. Get to know how it handles on your body.


My opinion is that the Halftrack makes for a great Bug Out Bag. Yes, there are others that are cheaper & can get the job the done. But I would rather spend the money & have a dependable bag on my back then have a cheap bag that might disappoint. The Halftrack is worth the money. Remember, you get what you pay for & if you pay for this bag you will not be disappointed.

Note: This article was written a while ago when the Halftrack was my main Bug Out Bag. I later made it my EDC then it became my wife’s Bug Out Bag (She now has her own fitted Bug Out Bag). The Halftrack is now my workbag with my everyday essential items. I now own the Eberlestock Skycrane 2 as my main Bug Out Bag, which I’ll have a review on soon.

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  1. Thanks for the info. I’m still trying to settle on a bag, haven’t quite found what I’m looking for.

  2. That bag is priced out of my reach. I could buy 2 of those bags or a ria 45 auto. I think the money would be better spent on the 45.

  3. JP in MT
    Looks like a great bag, but at $230 its way out of my price range! We would need one for me and one for my wife, $460. We were able to get two used large alice packs at a flea market for $40 a each, maybe not as nice as this one but they do the job well. Part of prepping is making do within your budget, maybe someday i’ll be in a position to upgrade to a BOB like the Halftrack. A new item for my wishlist.

    • Big D,

      If you think those are pricey check out some of the bags here: http://www.kifaru.net/

      The Halftrack does look awesome but like you I chose to defer to the time tested large ALICE pack and frame. I upgraded the kidney pad and shoulder straps with Tactical Tailor parts and it’s awesome. Like you said it’s all about prepping within a budget.


  4. At a glance it looks a lot like my 5.11 tactical 24 hour bag. Same color even. I have had nothing but good experiences with everything I have gotten from 5.11. This looks like a great bag.

  5. That is one serious looking bag. I wish there were more pictures of it available on Amazon, but it sounds like it would really get the job done.

    Our “measuring stick” for any kind of back pack is whether it will hold up to use as a book bag for a high school student. One daughter had the same bag for all four years of high school. When buying cheaper models, they typically only lasted a year. Getting what you pay for is a definite in this area. I don’t think the Eberlestock Halftrack would have any problem in school.

    As for my own bag, I haven’t started a bug out bag as I don’t really have anywhere to bug out to, but I am looking at a get home bag in case something happens while I’m at work. Right now, it looks like I will be re-purposing a Whinnie the Pooh book bag from my younger girls’ early school days. They have lasted to the point where the girls are too old to use them. Ha! I’m not! (I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow Whinnie the Pooh.) All I have to do is put some of the stuff I already keep in my trunk in the bag along with a few other things, then I’ll be ready.

  6. GoneWithTheWind says:

    It is a beautiful bag. However my tent, sleeping bag and thermorest weighs less then 6 lbs 12 oz.

  7. PGCPrepper says:

    I’m just going to hang on to my old Army issue, olive drab duffel bag. Circa 1979. Worked then, works now. LOL

  8. I am wanting to purchase a good Molle vest to hold spare mags and armor plates when needed. Curious if any readers have a preference or recommendation on a specific brand or model?

  9. I like Eberlestock , I wanted to get the blue widow ……..its the price that kept me from getting one . Instead I settled for a current issue Molle II ruck with 2 sustainment pouches , in multicam . So far I like it a lot .

  10. I’m with the rest of you folks $230 for his first bug out bag that’s now his not so bug out bag. expenive lesson then his Crane at over $500? I doubt it NOW if I was going to live and fight with this bag for extended periods of time (think years) maybe…. BUT if you want great bags at great prices see what the boy scout have to offer. They’ve been the business for a hundred years of hiking and camping. NOT some company praying on your fears.

    • The Angry Prepper says:

      Eberlestock Packs were built for the military. I go with quality all the way. I have had many bags that CAN NOT meet the standards that I put them through. That is why I went with this particular pack. Most people are going to find out the hard way that your gear is only as good as what you pay for it & though I could of went a little cheaper. I rather spen the money & know it will work when I need it. This is your life you are talking about. You should never skimp on Emergency Preparedness Gear. But then again if you don’t have it right now then do what you can.

        I agree with what you saying, quality is important I don’t buy cheap ammo or cheap firearms, but in order to have the funds for those items I hafta cut the budget elswhere. The BOB’s we got are not low quality, just low price. Wish I could go out and swipe the plastic and get anything that caught my eye, but I can’t, and hey this way is kinda fun, lookin’ for deals and swapping old gear.

    • Great Idea Kelley.Great point also.

  11. Seriously? <$200 for a bug out bag that's gonna sit in the closet until you need it? Even if it lasts 4 times as long as my $50 bag, I can still buy 4 of 'em and still keep $150 in my pocket for some years.

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

    • The Angry Prepper says:

      Why pay for a good fire extinguisher you may never use? Why buy a good medical kit you may never use? You pay for what you get. You buy cheap you get cheap. I rather have a reliable bag on hand than have my cheap bag break down on me when I need it. Besides, I practice with the bag often that it is not going to waste in my closet.

  12. Very nice bag, but way too expensive.

    We purchased 4- SOC bags (Khaki), very similiar in appearance/funcionality, but need some additional MOLLE webbing sewn on the sides for e-tools, machetes, etc. Only $118.00 in the local PX.

    I recently used mine to travel back to the states & it works great as an all-purpose bag. Plan on having it in the vehicle at all times regardless of my location (Do not need multiple bags).

    Plenty of room inside for basic patrol equipment, with the option of strapping either a Ranger roll or sleeping bag underneath. I never felt comfortable with a sleeping bag underneath while on patrol, but the connections are there if the bag is full.

    Not being of the carry a weapon on the backpack crowd, I’ll keep my vest/body armor still & have at my disposal various calibers of mag pouches, depending on long gun availability. Maintaining smaller semiautomatics after carry one in Iraq (on vest in diagonal holster)…same firepower-more mags.

    Still want to add a revolver as a main side arm…conserves ammo and provides adequate knockdown power.

  13. lurker judith says:

    Gee, I miss getting attacked by everyone on here. This is a great bag and if I were stronger and not so old I would look into it.
    My bag is a Tumi Alpha Bravo Lemoore in green available on sale at e-bags for 396.00. It is wheeled and has a removable day pack. Just right for an old woman’s BOL.

  14. lurker judith says:

    I meant BOB.

  15. Lurker Judith. It is fine if you want to spend 400 on a bob. This is still America and you can if you want,you don`t need a permission slip from me to do it.I just can`t afford a 200 plus bob bag right now.

  16. Check out Mystery Ranch packs if you want to spend some money on the good stuff. They are made in Montana, and the quality is excellent. When you are living out of a backpack, you don’t want junk. If you are in the city, well fine, you can use a red wagon, if you are in the mountains, you will want something designed to be used in the mountains. These are the packs that are used by SOF in Afghanistan, so you know they work in these conditions.

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