I feel as though it is my duty to protect myself and my family, period. It’s not up for discussion and not up for debate. That being said, if you’re going to carry, how and where you carry is something to talk about. There are many carry options such as OWB, IWB, Appendix, and so on. Those of you that have followed my reviews for MOTUS know that I am a bag connoisseur at heart and I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon. Looking for a new CCW friendly bag, I began to see what options where available from some of the major manufacturers. I wanted a smaller pack and came across the Grey Ghost Gear Stealth Operator Pack.
I’m sure that many of you have already heard of Grey Ghost Gear or seen their products in person. Awhile back, while we were at the ADS Warrior Expo, we ran into GW Ayers III who is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Tactical Tailor. I reached out to him and asked if we could test out of one their Stealth Operator Packs. Shortly there after, a Multicam LiteLok® version arrived in the mail. I noticed immediately just how light the pack was. LiteLok® fabric is about 30% lighter than 500D nylon. It offers greater abrasion resistance and repels water greater than most other fabrics. I was excited to test out the pack and load it up with my gear.
The Stealth Operator Pack was designed as a low visibility pack designed to be used in a variety of environments. Whether you’re walking around the city, taking a hike in the woods, or using it the field for work, the pack was to hold you gear in a functional, and easy to use manner. The pack features a large main compartment that is accessed by 2 YKK zippers with 550 paracord pulls. The compartment measures 17.75″ tall x 10″ wide x 5″ deep and has a volume of 887.5 cubic inches.
Sewn into the inside panel of the front flap are two mesh compartments and one zippered large mesh pouch on the bottom. The top mesh compartments are secured closed with a hook and loop material and are the perfect size for AR mags, small water bottles, or a host of other small EDC items.
The front zippered access compartment is the main reason I looked into this bag. Once you open the compartment you will notice that there is an admin pouch inside. The admin panel has a zippered access pouch and smaller sewn in pockets for pens and such.
Now if you grasp the top of the admin panel, and then pull forward, the very familiar sound of hook and loop makes its presence known. You’ve now exposed the main reason I sought this pack out – the hidden concealed carry pouch. Seriously, unless you’re looking for it, you won’t even know it was there.
The internal holster strap, which features a self-adjusting magazine strap for a secondary mag, is made of durable 1000D Cordura and is adjustable for the firearm you plan on carrying. Take into consideration that this is a CCW pouch, it’s not meant for a sidearm with a 5″ barrel or any full size pistol. You can leave the hand cannon at home. I carry a Glock 23 Gen 3. When I cant the holster in the pouch, I have zero issue with enclosing it and accessing it.
The straps are adjustable and padded more than sufficiently for the type of items you’ll be carrying and they also have an adjustable sternum strap which was more than enough for a barrel chested guy like me. The back panel is a padded mesh that covers the entire back area and was more than adequate on a small day hike. And of course no pack is complete without a hydration bladder sleeve. Simple and to the point, it drops in from the top and is as wide as the pack so you can fit different hydration bladder systems.
This pack is one pack that I definitely enjoy using. It may look small at first, but once you open it up and stuff it full you start to realize that it carries much, much more than expected. I’ve used it for day hikes, family outings to the zoo, or short trips as an EDC bag.
The Stealth Operator Pack comes in a variety of color and material options as well. If you’re looking for the LiteLok®, you can choose between Coyote Brown or Multicam. The ripstop version comes in Smoke Green and Grey, while the 500D has ten different options including an assortment of Kyrptek variations. The pack retails for $109 regardless of material/color choice and can be ordered directly from Grey Ghost Gear’s website. If you’re in the market for something small that’s built around CCW ability, be sure to check out the Stealth Operator Pack.