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First Look: GWA Citadel Gen.1 Backpack

Gear Whores Anonymous is now taking pre-orders on the GWA Citadel Gen.1 backpack.  The Citadel is a mid-sized EDC pack measuring 19″ H x 11″ W x 7″ D.  


GWA Citadel Gen.1 Backpack

GWA Citadel Gen.1 Backpack


It checks most of the boxes that you’d like to see in an EDC pack including built-in pouches for organization, internal loop panel for custom organization, external loop panel for morale patches, compression straps, water bottle pocket, padded back panel, etc.   


The Citadel's main compartment features loop for adding hook backed pouches.

The Citadel’s main compartment features loop for adding hook backed pouches.


The Citadel’s straps are of the streamlined variety.




The only glaring omission is a built-in admin area but I’m guessing the designers are counting on the wearer adding that via an accessory of their choice to the loop in the main compartment.  As a CCL holder, a more covert pocket for concealed carry is something I look for also and is not part of this design.

GWA is currently taking pre-orders on the Citadel here.  It retails for $280 in the solid colors and $315 in multicam.  The pack is concepted, designed, and manufactured in the USA with USA sourced materials.  Orders should be shipped within 2-4 weeks.     

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Mike says:

    Seems pretty standard issue for $300.

    • Karl S says:

      I’ve got to agree with you Mike. Granted, R&D, US made with US parts costs, but way out of my budget for what it is. I really doesn’t LOOK much different than what I see many of the Techies wearing, (but maybe that’s the point).

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