JAVELIN 3.0 key improvements: (1) 0.5" wider to better fit a 13" laptop (MacBook Pro). Total capacity = 1 liter larger, (2) low profile MOLLE-Air structure that's loop-covered for ID patches, (3) improved CCW compartment with larger opening, (4) improved shoulder strap with denser foam padding.
The new JAVELIN™ 3.0 is your favorite JAVELIN VSlinger upgraded! Its asymmetrical design safely stores your gear upright and sideways. When you swing the pack to your front, its extra-large S-zipper opening gives you easy access to the inside. With genuine 1000-D Cordura® (500-D on Multicam & Multicam-Black) coated with Teflon® protector by DuPont®, and #10 YKK® zippers, this bag can handle any rough conditions.
Padded main compartment and three dividers provide extra protection for your EDC (everyday carry) items, photography gear, or range gear. A dedicated laptop sleeve that can hold a 13" laptop (MacBook Pro or Air). High-visibility 210-D ripstop nylon interior helps you find things in low-light conditions. The rear compartment is both CCW- and hydration-ready for a 2-liter water bladder.
The JAVELIN's 3-inch-wide shoulder strap with padded mesh delivers superior ergonomics and comfort. There is a hidden pocket and a 2” Duraflex® double-lock buckle for added security. You can open the double-lock buckle single-handedly, or disable the double-lock feature by adjusting the latch.
Low profile MOLLE-Air structure is MOLLE-compatible, and loop-covered for ID patches. Many interior loop fields for CCW and internal organization.
With total 35 pockets and slots to organize your personal items and EDCs, JAVELIN 3.0 VSlinger is THE slingpack for those who want to be prepared 24/7!
FAQ: If I am right-handed, should I choose the RIGHT-Shoulder or LEFT-Shoulder version?
Answer: It depends. Choosing a shoulder to carry a "shoulder-specific" slingpack is usually a personal preference. Whether you are right- or left-handed, you can wear a slingpack on either shoulder as long as it feels "comfortable" to you. Statistically, 60-65% of our right-handed clients opt for a left-shoulder-carry slingpack, and vice versa. There are a few things that you might want to consider when making such decision: (1) Is there another item that you must carry on a specific shoulder? Example, a shoulder carried rifle. If so, you go with the opposite shoulder to carry your slingpack. (2) Do you have a bad shoulder? If so, please wear your slingpack on the opposite side. (3) Do you carry bulky item on one side hip that will interfere with shifting a slingpack to your front? The reason being, a LEFT-shoulder-carry slingpack will swing from your BACK, travel across your RIGHT hip, then to your FRONT. Therefore, if you must carry something bulky on your right-hip, please go with a right-shoulder-carry slingpack (and vice versa). (4) Do you carry something in the bag that must be operated with a specific hand? For example, most cameras are designed for right-hand use, so a photographer might prefer the RIGHT-Shoulder version because it gives him/her better access to cameras using right hand, while allowing left hand to change lens or return the slingpack to the back.
Posted by John on 10th Jan 2017
I've had plenty of bags over the years and this is one of the bast I've had. Even though it's not the biggest, I was able to fit more stuff in it then any other.
Posted by Unknown on 15th Dec 2016
It has been a year since my girlfriend bought the Javelin 2.0 for me and I can only say it is a fantastic bag within this type of bags. I'll start off with two clarifications that any potential buyer should be aware of:
1. At 16L this is a small bag. Some reviewrs have already made this point better than me but I'll repeat it here: this is definately NOT a bag to load up and hit the trails for days. The ideal use of this bag is as an Every-Day-Carrier, whatever it is that you need to carry with you every day. Good as a camera bag and "bits and pieces'.
2. It is perfect as a "commuter" bag particularly in a city environment and specially if one uses mass public transport given the fact that you can secure all the zippers and the bag can easily and quickly swing back to front so you can sit down and get up often without taken it off. Other uses: perfect as a "carry on" bag when travelling, a motorbike bag or a "range" bag.
In other words: you cannot carry a massive amount of gear in this bag and you cannot carry the bag on your back for very long periods (more than 1/2hr) without a break. Longer than that and your shoulder will resent it.
Made of 1000 Cordura the bag keeps its shape when empty, which makes it easy to access all parts of the bag. It also gives you the feeling you can trust your life on the bag if it came to it...it feels like a bullet proof vest, that's how well built it is. Being 1 inch (1.25cm) wider go for the 3.0 version If you can. It makes a big difference.
I only wished Vanquest built bags like this in the 60-70L range (proper hiking backpacks). I am lucky enough to also own the Trident 3.0. This is a perfectly confortable bag built to the same standards but at 21L is not a massive bag either.
As for improvements to the bag I'd love to see the handle that was on the shoulder strap moved to one of the sides. Also, the new "pouch" on the side admin pocket is only useful for something as thin as a knife blade or small bottle of water if the side pocket is empty.
Finally, to top up a great product, the customer service is excellent... outstanding.
The question is NOT if this is a good bag or not. This is an EXCELLENT bag; the question is if this is the right bag for your needs. If it is you can't do better.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Nov 2016
Let me start by saying that no single pack can fulfill all needs. So obviously this pack is not as comfortable for large loads as a two strap pack. It is also not going to carry as much as a larger pack. Having so many pockets, zippers, and organizers, it is not going to be as efficient as a single monolithic pack for backpacking, mountaineering, etc. That said, I rated this five stars because it is awesome for the role that it fills.
My personal use for this pack is just an everyday pack that I keep loaded with EDC type stuff, clothes as needed, and my laptop and charger when working. It works really great for this purpose. I have really enjoyed having all of the organization that this pack provides. I did add a MOLLE pocket to the side to hold my many prescriptions, etc.
While I really wanted to have a quick pack that I could throw all my stuff in the car or whatever, I really needed it to fit my laptop for it to be useful. I can say that a 15" MacBook Pro (the newer style that doesn't have an optical drive) can fit in the main body of the pack. It will not fit in the laptop sleeve though. In the main compartment, it fits ok and zips without much effort. There is still some padding around the laptop as well. It is good enough for me.
I do CCW a full sized pistol in the CCW compartment sometimes. I was really pleased that you really cannot feel it at all pressing through the back panel into your back.
It is an extremely well made an rugged pack. Let's be honest, it just looks cool too. I really don't have very much negative to say.
Posted by Vanquestboi on 26th Jul 2016
The wife unit wanted a range bags and after digging through endless videos, forums, and reviews, we came across the Vanquest brand. After A->B'ing the Javelin 3 with other slings we decided it was likely the right choice(She really liked the wolf gray, too).
Off the bat, this bag is very nicely made and really just the perfect size for a day trip to the range. There is some awkwardness to slings yet for me and the access to the main compartment is a little odd in terms of what I would add to the Molle on that side in the future, but overall the bag is very impressive after exploring it for a while. I wouldn't likely use the concealed area for a pistol and thought a pistol would poke my back too much if I did, but I didn't feel anything when I tested the area with a VP9 and two mags, so great work job Vanquest!
After re-organizing my wife's idea of how the bag should be set up and sneaking it to the range for a day(which I'm now in trouble for - of course), I am now interested in picking up another one for myself, but will likely go with the Trident due to my sling aversion.
How I setup the main compartment from bottom to top. All compartments were made tight giving the most room to C3.
C1: 250 round box of 9mm
C2: low row of (5) 15 round mags.
C3: (2) Pistols - room for 1-2 more. (3) eye cases filled the void.
C4: (2) Electronic ear protectors. Room for maybe 1 more if thin type.
Posted by Steve D. on 26th Jul 2016
I bought this bag in hopes to get something that would make some traveling I have coming up easier along with becoming a range/concealed carry bag.
First the size. Its not as big as I was thinking even though I knew it was only 16.5L. However, I can seem to stuff more than 16.5L into it even though it looks small, BUT it is definitely the perfect size for range, travel, edc, ccw, etc. in my opinion. Any bigger and you would need to switch to a two strip bag. This is my first bag that is a one strap and I love how easy it is to swing around to grab something out of it. (When I was waste deep in a stream trying to change lures, this was great.)
The two nicest details that i didn't really care about till I used the bag are by far the hook and loop that is all over this bag and the high vis orange interior. The hook & loop that is put all over the place inside of this bag is a life saver, it makes organizing a breeze, there is even a huge panel of it inside the concealed pocket. The orange makes finding something that is down in the bag easy.
The little details all over this bag are great and seem well constructed. Its seen little action since its brand new (only had it for a week or two now) but hopefully it will last as long as it looks.
The only thing I have found weird about the bag is the length of the main strap. It's incredibly long, I'm not big but I am tall (6'3" 190) and I have about 2ft of strap to cut off from where I keep it so that the bag doesn't rest on my pants as I am walking or running. Overall not a big deal, nothing a pair of scissors and a lighter wont fix.
Posted by Mark Sharman on 8th Jul 2016
Compact and well designed, with excellent construction. For a targeted carry system this one is the best I've found. Not an option, off the shelf, for carrying extra resources at need, however that would change with the addition of any of the Vanquest accessories. I have not done this yet. This is my first Vanquest product and not my last.
Posted by Adam on 8th Jun 2016
watch my in depth review of the javelin 3.0 here: https://youtu.be/wyOLy1Gwou4
amazing bag. been using the 5.11 rush 24 for almost 2 years but if youre an urban commuter and need space for a laptop, camera equipment this bag is for you! even works for outdoor tactical environments / range bag etc.
super tough, but lightweight and comfortable. looks great and i love the new updates from the 2.0. Vanquest is now on the map for being a top company with quality bags!