Eberlestock can trace their roots back to 1985 and the day founder Glen Eberle first stuck a handmade sign on his hotel room door offering to make rifle stocks for anyone who had $265 and a love of firearms. As a family-owned business dedicated to quality and drawing from a large pool of much deserved customer loyalty they’ve certainly come a long way in the past thirty years, and I think I speak for the majority when I say another thirty would be welcome.
At the Eberlestock booth at SHOT Show, all the bags they’d talked up or launched as prototypes last year were out on display as finished products up for sale. And although they don’t have anything specifically “new” for 2015, who doesn’t love a look at some of the company’s latest and greatest?
First, the B1 Combat Office, a combination laptop, pistol, and MOLLE-capable case that immediately caught my eye (Dear Gear Fairy, my current travel case is looking awfully shabby these days…). The Eberlestock team member who gave me an in-depth tour of the bags was pretty enthusiastic about the bag as well and went over each and every pocket, loop, and stitch in glowing detail. It’s a fantastic bag, and again, Gear Fairy, if you’re listening…
The Combat Office is the ultimate briefcase for the road warrior. A tandem zipper easily opens the barn door top, revealing a generously sized main compartment. An adjacent laptop compartment comprises the bulk of the interior volume, but there are many more hidden secrets to this bag; it provides the kind of maximum versatility that you expect from Eberlestock.
A Hypalon reinforced laser cut MOLLE outer flap cover an array of zip-or-buckle pockets mounted to a divider panel. Inside this divider is a nice organizer pocket with dual purpose compartments for phones/magazines (the kind for weapons; you can of course put the kind you read in several other places in the bag) as well as pen sleeves and other organizers. On the backside of the bag an open-topped document pocket has a zipper at its bottom which allows you to slip the B1 securely onto the handle of your rolling suitcase. The laptop pocket has full zip-down pockets, allowing the bag to be split open for TSA x-rays without completely removing your latop from the bag (you split it and lay the bag in the x-ray tray with the laptop on its own side).
The bag is scaled to be not-too-big but not-too-small making it a perfect everyday carry-about for your laptop and all of your gear. Topping it off, the B1 is probably the best conceal-carry bag ever invented, with a discreet magnet-closure pocket for your handgun (magnets make it quiet for entry and exit – this is what has been missing from all those Velcro-closure concealed carry bags out there). We like the handgun pocket for stowing our passports while traveling also; it’s a secure place to get the passport in and out when you’re juggling your way through customs and other checkpoints.
Take a look online: https://eberlestock.com/B1_CombatOffice.htm
The other one worth a brief outline is the F1 Mainframe which was new in 2014 and a prototype at SHOT last year. This year the frame was out in full force with a cooler strapped to its brawny build. The F1 Mainframe has an Intex II aluminum frame, zippered attachments that fit just right with the company’s duffels and dry bags, and three compression straps for securing items such as the giant cooler pictured below. If you want to combine this frame with an Eberlestock duffel or drybag there are about 100 possible combinations, so whatever your needs may be, this frame is going to get it done.
Take a look online: https://eberlestock.com/F1-Mainframe.htm
And a few photos of bags that caught my eye. You can view Eberlestock’s complete line on their website at http://www.eberlestock.com or take a look in the US Patriot Tactical online store to purchase.
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