We couldn't leave well enough alone! After throwing nearly everything but the kitchen sink at the original Recon Mashup like $90 in imported Special Forces MIL-SPEC AustriAlpin Cobra Quick-Release Buckles, to Water-Resistant YKK AquaGuard Zippers to Water-Resistant MIL-SPEC Ballistic Materials, we decided to go further. DEFY STANDING STILL!
Welcome to the Mashup 2.0, 2020 Edition. Over the last few months we integrated a number of DEFY Community suggestions and collided them with our design teams and are beyond stoked with the end result! While we kept the best bits, we iteratively improved and tweaked the bag in various other areas: The flap, under the flap on the front of the bag, the sides, and the inside.
Thanks to our design team for pushing through endless prototypes and infusing your joy of all things carry into this new beast of a bag! While we know this bag is decidedly not 'cheap' we can assure you that the spend on our end in finding the best materials on earth, as well as the time it takes to construct such a bag means you're getting what you paid for!
One thing that hasn't changed? We still load 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. COBRA® 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 bags sports the Vicious' best designed closed-cell foam 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. With the Mashup 2.0 Strap we made a slight tweak that most will never see, but all will appreciate. The strap adjustment system cleverly keeps excess slack from flailing about.
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 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 and an interior gun hook for key storage.
This just might be our favorite bag we've ever created. The combined learning from our Vicious Messenger with our Best-Selling Recon represents the best of DEFY and has been a massive undertaking for our design team. The Mashup 2.0 has taken things to the next level and is perfect for bike & motorcycle riding, carrying on hikes and much more. Mashup's got your back!