Ibex-26 Pack and FTIM Maximizer by Vanquest Gear


Are you looking for one pack to cover everything from everyday use to tougher backcountry challenges? Look no further than the Vanquest Ibex series of backpacks. I like Vanquest products and have put them to the test on more than one occasion. Specifically, I have utilized the Ibex-26 pack and an accompanying pouch, the 6×9-inch FTIM Maximizer.

Key features of the Ibex-26 include a “clamshell” opening that gives quick access to the main compartment, along with a slim, “gray-man” design that blends well in both urban and rural environments. Inside the main compartment are two mesh pockets and a laptop/hydration bladder compartment. Extra-large, lockable zipper pulls make access into those pockets a breeze. Other useful features include a front shock cord with Hypalon “Duck Foot” for supporting lightweight gear such as a jacket. Bottom tool loops and attachment webbing will support items like trekking poles, tripods or a machete/hatchet.

Ibex-26 Pack
Shock cord and Duck Foot for supporting light weight gear

Two 3-D side pockets offer Hypalon MOLLE-Air panels for expansion and can store a wide variety of useful tools including medical, communication, and survival essentials. A hydration bladder tube can pass through either of the side pockets.

Ibex-26 Pack
Side pockets with high-vis interior on either sides of the Ibex-26 pack.

Another great feature of this pack are three grab handles on the top and both sides for ease of carry when not wearing it as a backpack. The suspension system allows for carry of heavy loads: EVA foam shoulder straps, a breathable mesh back, stiff frame sheet, elastic sternum strap (with integrated whistle), and padded waist belt all add to the usability and comfort of the Ibex-26.

Ibex-26 Pack
Carry handles on both sides and top along with padded shoulder and waist straps

Additional specifications include but are not limited to:

  • Pack capacity: 26 liters
  • Four compression straps with side release buckles
  • Padded shoulder straps with load lifters and sternum strap with integrated whistle
  • Removable padded waist belt with forward pull adjustment
  • Bottom attachment webbing and adjustable loops
  • 1,000-D Mil-grade Cordura fabric on the bottom and 500-D for the body treated with Durable Water Repellent
  • High-visibility, lightweight moisture resistant 210-D Ripstop nylon interior
  • Finished with high tensile strength bonded nylon thread
  • Direct order cost: $184.99

The Vanquest FTIM Maximizer ($34.99 in the 6×9 inch model) shares many of the same features as the Ibex-26 pack and is ideal for putting together a medical or survival pouch to carry inside or attached to any of the larger Vanquest packs like the Ibex-26.

The Vanquest FTIM Maximizer makes a great pouch for survival gear

I like Vanquest’s “Tough-Built Gear” as they put it and in particular the Ibex-26 pack because it is streamlined, rugged, and rides comfortably high up on my back even on a long day in the backcountry.

Ibex-26 Pack

Vanquest of course offers many other packs (including a larger version of the Ibex-26, the Ibex-35), bags, pouches, firearm cases, and other gear. Their designers are military veterans and outdoor enthusiasts. Vanquest headquarters is in Orange County, California.

Perhaps Vanquest’s mission statement sums it up best: “Build the toughest bag that you’d use every day, and help you stay organized and prepared.” By my estimation and experience Vanquest has done just that with the Ibex-26 and FTIM Maximizer.

More information can be found at vanquest.com

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