The choice of tactical backpack for airsoft games is one of the hardest. However, it’s usually made indulgently “just for the longer game”. Then the grumbling comes. Too much/not enough pockets, bad capacity, too big/too small. When the research for myself, I’ve made a list of parameters that my new backpack has to fulfill:
– the capacity of 15 to 20 liters
– having a pouch for hydration
– low profile harness
– molle system on the outside
– availability of polish wz.93 camouflage
These are the parameters that are (in my opinion) ideal for the weekly use during the skirmishes or with a little effort – for 24 h games. Thanks to the small proportions, it doesn’t hinder our movement (check the smaller EDC Shoulder Bag here).
The main material that the Sparrow is made of is the WZ.93 Cordura 500D. The colors are proper and don’t stand out from the other parts of my equipment. The 500D Cordura greatly reduces the weight of the constructions without losing the reliability in airsoft or urban conditions.
The fasteners are the old and trusty ITW Nexus and Duraflex in olive color.
The zippers are, unfortunately, not made by the YKK. They only have a Wisport logo. However, I can’t say that they’re not sturdy enough for my requirements – after more than half a year of usage, nothing bad had happened. To make the zipping/unzipping easier, all the zippers have olive paracord loops.
The webbings are not in the camouflage, but in olive color. That’s the one thing that I don’t like in my Sparrow.
The construction is pretty simple – just one compartment and two poaches – one inside and one outside the main compartment.
Of course there is an elastic pouch for the hydration pack.
And a lot of elastic organizers for things like a flaslight, multitool etc.
Let’s go to the outside of the backpack.
The carry system is the ACS (Air Comfort System). There is a lot of thick sponge with mesh with 3 cuts for the better air circulation.
I personally love the harness system. They are very slim, which makes them compatible with any gear from the belt kits to the light plate carriers like JPC. They are also wide enough to carry the weight without any discomfort of a user.
The external part of harness has a vertical webbing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with the PTT button or the radio.
The harness can be also removed very quickly from the Sparrow because they sit on 2 fastex and 2 polymer snap rings. If someone has an idea, it can be easily replaced with molle in order to put the backpack on the plate carrier or belt kit. The quick detaching system is also very useful in the emergency situations, like falling in the water.
On the sides of Sparrow, there are more fastex, so it is possible to attach more gear like a tent or sleeping pad.
Same applies to the bottom of the backpack, but you need to use your own webbing.
Like in the most of backpacks available on the market, the Sparrow also has a special hole for the Camelbak.
It’s a tactical backpack, so there is a velcro panel on the outside. Get your favorite patch ready!
Everything is sewed properly and aesthetically. I couldn’t spot any crooked sews. There are some loose strands, but only after a half year of usage, and I can get rid of them within 5 minutes with the lighter ;).
Photo by Julia Sikorska
As I have said before – I’m using this backpack for half a year. I’ve used it for shorter and longer games and even the 24-hour Fedrunek V3 game ( you can read about it here). I have also used it a few times in the urban conditions for the grocery shopping. For the 24 hours I’ve managed to put carry in it:
– a Helikon Trooper Jacket
– two 1,5 l bottles of water
– a 1kg of 0,3 bbs
– small tools like lighters, spork, multitool, and tissues
– face camouflage paint
– two speedloaders
– Ultrathon spray
– 1l canteen with small pan and tinder inside.
– a soup in a plastic bag
– a few vitamin bars and condensed milk
The Sparrow is compatible with the rest of my gear – micro chest rig and ViperHood Pro from Sprinter Custom Ghillie. There is a lot of webbing wobbling around, so it takes time to learn the proper sequence of putting everything on and off. However, there is no discomfort with doing tactical stuff with this gear on the back. The harness doesn’t affect the using of a replica in any possible way.
Photo by Julia Sikorska
Due to the small size, the Sparrow doesn’t stand out from the corpse. It is still possible to sneak behind the enemy lines or take a cover. It neither affects the ViperHood.
The Wisport Sparrow 16 is one of the best choices for the backpack at this price. It’s made of reliable and mostly original materials, which makes a great price to the quality ratio. We have 4 of these in our team and recommend them to everyone – support the polish companies!