Redesigned Subrosa Urban Assault Pack

Redesigned Subrosa Urban Assault Pack

We have been working on a redesign of the Subrosa Urban Assault Backpack. This backpack was a "grey man" style backpack based on our best selling Velox II. It was a good backpack but we always felt it could be better. Here are a few pictures of the original Subrosa. 

3v gear subrosa urban assault pack redesign

The original Subrosa was good and it was very popular. Based on feedback from customers and product development team we have decided to redesign the bag.

3v gear subrosa urban assault pack redesign

Here are photos of the new Subrosa prototype. Below are some of the features that we have incorporated to make the backpack better.

  • We are using 500D nylon instead of 600D polyester 
  • We are using YKK zippers
  • Overbuilt shoulder straps and grab handle
  • Dual expandable water bottle pockets
  • External laptop sleeve with back access
  • Internal laptop sleeve or pocket for hydration bladder
  • Clamshell design
  • Better organization

This photo shows the external pocket for a laptop or you can use it for your CCW. There is a large velcro panel that allows you to add a velcro holster or other gear. We like this style of pocket as it is secure against your back, has more padding, and allows you to remove your laptop without opening the main pocket of the backpack. We will be adding our unique EVA molded back panel to this bag as well. 

3v gear subrosa urban assault pack redesign

This is the same laptop pocket showing the velcro holster with a CCW. This gives you options for what you want to carry. 

3v gear subrosa urban assault pack redesign ccw

If you want to keep your laptop inside the backpack, there is a padded laptop sleeve in the main, inside pocket. This sleeve also doubles as a hydration bladder pocket if you would like to use this pack as a hydration pack. There is an opening under the grab handle to draw the straw through. 

The old Subrosa and Velox do not have a water bottle pocket. This new version has 2 side expandable water bottle pockets that snap back to the body of the pack when they are not in use. This helps with the aesthetics of the bag and you don't have floppy pockets. 

3v gear subrosa urban assault pack redesign water bottle pockets

Some of the feedback we received was to increase the thickness of the shoulder straps. Not only have we made them more robust, but we are using wider nylon webbing at the attachment points which makes them incredibly durable. Many people use this bag for rucking and this makes makes the shoulder straps much stronger. At the same time, we doubled up the material on the grab handle at the top. Now when you grab the backpack and it is loaded up, you get a lot of confidence from the thick webbing. 

3v gear subrosa urban assault pack redesign

The new Subrosa prototype has a large main pocket, a clamshell admin pocket, and large pocket on the front of the bag. The main pocket has two large zippered mesh pockets across from the laptop sleeve. The admin pocket has so much organization. There are going to be countless ways for you to organize your gear. Plus there are two zippered mesh pockets on the opposite side. 

3v gear subrosa urban assault pack redesign

Lastly, we have added a velcro panel on the front top of the bag. One of the main complaints about the original Subrosa was the fact that we had left off a velcro panel for patches. Well, it is back on this version.

We are working with our product development team and should be able to finalize this backpack in the near future. Feel free to comment on any features you like, dislike, or would like to see us add. 

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  • Michael Ottney

    Love that this bag is being redesigned with more organization. I carried my original for a couple years and only recently set it aside for a sling bag but the sling bag is not ideal.
    My 2 cents… do away with the pen holders and pouches just line that area with velcro, same thing for the main compartment velcro and/or Molle. Also if I were to carry a pistol in the laptop compartment I would want access from the side, not just the top, so have those zippers (plural) go all the way down.
    Last I’m pleased to see the water bottle pouches! On my old Subrosa I have an IFAK on one side and a dump pouch on the other side. The new pouches will look cleaner and maybe I can use a IFAK tray or something One one side so make it tall/deep but don’t interfere with the pistol draw.


    Glad it’s back in action again. Really like this bag for my tech gear for work. It keeps my laptops safe as well as documents to and from work at home. It’s my go to work bag where I can stage and prepare all my gear for the office. These upgrades should make it even better. You can never have enough velcro or molle. Keep up the great work!

  • Jeffrey LeMond

    I love the new design. And it looks even better than the original. One other thing I’d love to see added would be the ability to put in panels in the main compartment that allow the ability to add smaller pouches for secure and organized storage. Or with the same ability to add panels that would allow more zippered pockets as well as velcro, elastic loops to hold more pens, cables, magazines, flashlights, etc and some molle.

  • will

    well, any updates?

  • Jeff

    I loved my old Subrosa and was sad when the inside pocket and zipper failed. You guys were awesome and helped me get a replacement (Redline Sheild) but this backpack just is not as suitable for my use. I can not wait for the new Subrosa Backpack to be available. The Subrosa is such a well laid out backpack that works so great for both work and carrying my tools and personal belongings. As well as for everyday use in staying prepared for whatever happens while out with my family adventuring.

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