Gear Review: SOG Prophet 33L Pack

I took some gear out to Sweetwater Creek State Park this past weekend to put it through the paces, and the SOG Prophet 33 Liter Pack carried my load.

Upon first inspection, I already liked this pack.

If you can’t tell by now, I’m a huge fan of SOG’s gear. One of my EDC knives is the S30V, and many of my field knives are SOGs. I was a little apprehensive, as SOG is known for their blades, and not their packs. And I was wrong for feeling such a way.

Since the SOG Prophet Backpack is so feature rich, we’ll start from top to bottom, but first, and most important – is how it feels loaded up on the back. I loaded it with roughly 30lbs of gear, and still had plenty of room for more kit. With that load, and a hydration bladders, once I put it on and snapped the waist belt and sternum straps home, I didn’t feel like I was carrying much of anything.

Like any good pack, it feels like it’s a part of you—the weight transferring to the hips and shoulders.

I rucked 8 miles with it, and only noticed the heft of the load when I took it off to do a blister check every few miles. Short of the SOG logo on the back being soaked with my sweat, it held up amazingly.

On the top, you have a hard clamshell which opens up, revealing a bunch of little pockets for flashlights, pens, some extra kit, etc., with a velcro closure on the top for keep sunglasses, GPS, or cell phones safe from impact.

Next we’ll move on to the zippers—they are super robust, and come with oversized zipper pulls. The main compartment has 4 total zippers, so you can have double pull access from multiple points.

The carry handles are located all over the pack, with one at the top and at the bottom. I would hazard you could even use this as a makeshift sandbag, but obviously that’s not the intended use.

SOG Prophet Carry HandlesHowever, like many of the readers here, if you wanted to get a workout on at camp, you could easily fill this with sandbags and treat it as such. It also instantly can convert into a dufflebag but tucking the straps into a compartment, or even be lashed to a jeep or boat to tackle your next endeavor. This pack plays double roles as a backpack and duffle with just a few buckles and tucks.

The side flaps – which are cinched with the buckles show below, are designed to carry long or bulky items – like a tripod or a rifle.

Kukhri LoadoutI used a Kukhri for this loadout, and it didn’t move a millimeter. You can also stow a fishing rod and the like.

In addition, the outer area of the side flaps can accept 1″ webbing, so you can modify it further with MOLLE gear and complete your loadout.

It’s made from Hypalon, a proprietary CPSE synthetic rubber, which is strong and used for things like wire insulation, decking for snowshoes, zodiacs, and is lighter and stronger than neoprene.

Also, Hypalon is know for it’s resistance to chemical, liquids, and UV light. That means that something if spills, your pack won’t be wreaking for weeks, and sunlight won’t cause your pack to break down. Both pluses in my book.

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