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First Look: Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag

TAD continues to release packs in Dimension Polyant VX ripstop.  The latest is the Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag. 




The Parallax is 24.7L/1512 cubic inch messenger that includes some interesting features and hardware.  The biggest buzz about this bag, other than it’s size (more on that in a minute), has been TAD’s first use of the Fidlock magnetic slider buckle.  Manipulation of the Fidlock is going to be an addictive past time for Parallax owners.

The other thing that is intriguing to me is the strap system on this bag.  I’ve NEVER been a fan of slings for EDC because of their limitations and the Parallax is a paradox because it’s really a cross between a sling and a messenger bag.  You can wear it either cross body or shoulder carry and the strap looks adjustable and beefy enough to pull it off.  This video from Triple Aught Design highlights many of the features of the carry system.



Other than my Defy Recon, this might be the first one strap bag of significant capacity that I’ve actually wanted to try.  But, as you can see from the video, it’s a pretty large bag.  How large?  Mike Baker from the Perfect Pack Facebook Group snapped this picture of the Parallax next to his 1st Generation ITS Discrete Messenger Bag.


The Gen 1 ITS Discrete Messenger (left) and the Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag (right)

The Gen 1 ITS Discrete Messenger (left) and the Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag (right)


The Discrete Messenger has long been the standard-bearer in the large tactical urban messenger category and the Parallax dwarfs it.  Something to know before you order.  It’s either go big or go home with this one.

The Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger retails for $300 and is available here




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  1. This is a nice messenger bag. Reminds me of my Mission Workshop Monty Messenger Bag. It’s a big bag, much bigger than I thought but it’s comfortable wearing and looks great. This bag looks like it has many of the same features, well made, but a bit more expensive.

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