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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  • william mccaulie

    I bought the last subrosa but had to return it twice for defects. mostly related to stitching. I love the design and layout of this pack and really want something similar to what it was before just little sturdier. another must is external water bottle pockets. preferably 1ltr sized.

    also any major external pocket should have two zippers, except flat ones.

    I cant wait for a new Subrosa! do a grey color way as well. could be a grey / winter/ urban camo or just a plain solid grey.

  • Timothy Kopittke

    Ok so I am late to the party but not a day goes bye when I am not in a grey man, edc, shtf frame of mind for a family of 3. My wife has gotten me 3vgear as anniversary gifts and I have bought a few of my own as well. I’ve gotten a few peeps to buy 3vgear as well. The Subrosa v1 intrigued me greatly and well it ended up being another anniversary gift. I admit that it took me a moment to figure out how I wanted to use it since it was replacing my Posse as an everyday go to work and wherever else edc. I love the grey/gray man look for sure but always felt that certain internals were missing. 1st the main compartment should have a cushioned bottom. What good is a laptop or iPad sleeve if the moment you put your bag down a little to quickly or from a height not so good for electronics? Well you can junk up your computer. I put hand cut/designed padding (sytrofoam) at the bottom of my bag. 2nd, the outer pocket has nice mesh pockets and regular pen size type pockets plus a full sleeve design pocket as well but the gripe I have is that they are loose and feel a little to big for organized storage. A tighter full sleeve design as well as zippered mesh pockets are more ideal and shall I say similar to more expensive gear from other sites. I’m all about organization and I carry more than I should but when I do I want everything tightly held to the pack/pockets and not loose fitted. I love the idea of the water bottle pocket and certainly wondered why there was not one but I improvised. All else considered (small outer pocket, water bladder pocket, straps) I had no issues as my pack wore nicely on me. Living in Vegas I moved back to my Posse when I had sent my bag in for a replacement (excellent customer service and warranty) and I have stuck with it for easy of putting it into my work locker. I store good gear in it but I’ll eventually put my v1 Subrosa back into rotation. It always serves as my out of town bag and well it is a damn fine bag that can use some tweaks. Curious to see what it turns into in ver.2. Redline is awesome looking but I have yet to grab a bag (surge) I am eyeballing for trekking. Keep up the fine work 3V!

  • Ethan Miller

    This bag is really cool, I will definitely get one. I do however would want it in multiple sizes. Also if you could please add maybe a strip or two or molle on the inside or outside. My favorite bag of yours is the transit redline.

  • Bryan

    Love this!! I agree with the first feedback piece saying that it should come in a 20L as well as a 26L. I love that it has a place for a pistol and I love the organization pockets!! Can’t wait to see how it turns out

  • Robert Siler

    I love my Subrosa. I really like the redesigns here and plan to get it. The only thing I wish is that there were 2 sizes available. The 20L and maybe a 26Lor 28L. I feel like the Subrosa is very versatile without being “to” tactical but being 20L only takes away from some of the versatility in my opinion. I would buy a 26L day one, but it would fit my needs better where some people don’t need the extra space. Just a thought. Own a lot of 3V gear bags and love them all.

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