I’ve owned an original Bolt 10 for a couple of years now and have given it a true flogging over that time, while I do look after my gear, I’m not always gentle with it, as a Bushcraft and Survival skills practitioner I tend to end up in some odd places.
The build quality is outstanding! I have yet to see any signs of wear on the body or harness.
Capacity is great, for a small pack it’s like a Tardis once you start adding items.
I use this pack as a grab bag and light scout pack when out for a days wander through the bush and it holds everything I need to be reasonably comfortable in the bush, whether it’s business or pleasure this is the first bag I go for.
I highly recommend any products created by the team at HRO for hard use gear you can rely on.
I purchased an sr25 for some adventures I have planned but when it arrived I was so impressed I just had to have the bolt as well. Will mostly be using it as a dad bag as it isn't saggy and fits all the necessities
Bolt 12 Day Pack V2
I received the Bolt 10 as a part of my MR40 kit and found it to be very interesting. When used as a part of the MR40 i carry the essentials in case i need to drop the big bag or just want a day pack. It fits the following in the main compartment without hassle : SOL escape bivi, USGI poncho, water filter kit (hydrapak 2l bladder & be free filter), shemagh, 450 ml TI cup, SK-5 knife, 20m cord, 6 x 400cal food bars.
In the outer upper pocket: fireant stove with 12 esbit tabs, water purification tabs, firesteel & knife sharpener.]
In the outer lower pocket: AMK steelhead first aid kit with added trauma dressing & gauze.
For me the only downside is it needs a chest strap so i easily fitted it myself. It really surprised me how much it fits in yet is tiny to wear ............ it truly is bigger on the inside. I like it so much, i have bought another as a grab and go bag for the car.
My Bolt 10 was purchased a couple of month ago and what a great pack it is, fantastic quality and workmanship, perfect for use on day hikes and also doubles as a computer bag (14inch) on interstate travels. I also purchased the full range of pouches to complement the Bolt 10, again great quality and work perfectly for segregating items such as small first aid kit and food bars etc.
The ordering and follow up from HRO was great, items received as advised with great detail on use and care.
This is my second purchase from HRO, I purchased a Man Bag 2 years ago and it has proven to be a great buy, still looking as good as the day I purchased it, even after much hard use. I am sure it wont be my last purchase.