Isn't life about combining all the good things, and taking away the bad? This bag was inspired by the DEFY community continually telling us they loved the aesthetic of the Recon Series, but longed for some features from the Vicious bag. Our design team decided to literally take both of these best selling bags into our design studio, cut them up, analyze each and figure out a way to mashup the best of both worlds. It took us nearly 6 months of prototyping and experimenting, beer swilling & coffee spilling but we're proud to announce the new Recon Mashup Ballistic Edition is complete and ready for action!
We've loaded the the Recon Mashup with nearly $90 in imported AustriAlpin™ COBRA® Quick-Release Buckles. If you're not familiar with COBRA® Buckles, they're arguably the best and strongest buckles on the planet. Each buckle is extreme overkill to even be on a bag (hellz yeah!) and are capable of holding over 1,000 lbs. Cobras are the same buckles used by Special Forces all around the world. The Mashup has 3 of them for your over-engineered carrying pleasure!
About the Strap:
Search the field. Survey the terrain. Or hell, just take it to the corner coffee shop. The Recon Mashup Edition is a suitable tool for any mission. This new collision of the Recon and Vicious sports the Vicious' best designed closed-cell padded strap. But we made some improvements to it. Many customers told us they were 'righties'. Many told us they were 'lefties'. In the past the Vicious only served one. Our team set out to design a removable padded strap that can be used by both. This uber comfortable, adjustable padded strap has a 2" Matte Black D Ring that (for the first time at DEFY) helps you quickly and precisely adjust your strap length, then get on with your mission. It's also great for hanging water bottles from. Each strap has ample MIL-SPEC MOLLE webbing that's perfect for hanging your gear from. Just beneath the MOLLE webbing is over 10" of MIL-SPEC double-sided velcro that can open and close around even more of your gear. It's truly incredible how much stuff you can carry and hang on with just the strap alone. If you're looking to carry the Mashup by the top handle on a regular basis, we'd recommend you try the Mr. Gripper Leather Handle. You can also completely take off the shoulder strap and store it inside the bag if you carry it by the top handle regularly.
What is Ballistic Nylon?
What we know today as Ballistic Nylon is a multifilament high tenacity, 2X2 basket weave nylon fabric, usually made with 1050D or 840D yarns. The name Ballistic goes back to the Vietnam war era when it was used for anti-fragmentation ballistic jackets for the military. Multiple layers of the thick fabric were laminated together to help stop exploding shrapnel and fragmentation. By the late ’70s the military upgraded their armor to lightweight Kevlar® and ceramic plate technology that could stop actual bullets. Then in the ’80s Ballistic Nylon had found its way into the consumer market. At a time when heavy-duty, strong luggage was the flavour of the day, the term ballistic struck a chord with customers and the name stuck. The slick finish, heavy weave and excellent strength still make it a popular choice today, although as a single layer fabric it’s lost most of its actual ballistic credentials. [ reference: carryology ]
About the Storage:
The interior has 2 large, easy to access pockets with pen storage, business card and small tech storage. The interior of the bag has a fully padded, back and front, closed-cell foam computer section that perfectly fits a 13" MacBook. There are two easy to access pockets outside of that and an interior gun hook for key storage.
This just might be our favorite bag we've ever created. The combined learning from these two bags represents the best of DEFY and has been a massive undertaking for our design team. The Mashup is perfect for bike & motorcycle riding, carrying to work and much more. Mashup's got your back.