The FAST Pack Litespeed is a backpack so well designed that it couldn’t merely be improved in future generations. It could only evolve into this…

[My review of the new FAST Pack EDC is now live]

I originally reviewed the first / previous version of the FAST Pack Litespeed after about 2 years of everyday use through dozens of countries while vagabonding.

As someone who lives out of their backpack as a lifestyle, I have an unusual affinity and respect for them. So I have to believe I’m more than qualified to review Triple Aught Design’s latest reengineered backpack.

The new FAST Pack Litespeed is a worthy successor to an already legendary backpack that’s more of a leap in product evolution than just a few incremental improvements with cosmetic enhancements.

Reengineered after years of listening to customers like myself to make the best even better.

- Triple Aught Design TAD Backpack -
TAD FAST Pack Litespeed //


VERSATILITY           “A jack of all trades is a master of none.” This is usually true when a product tries to do too much or suit to everyone’s needs but the FAST Pack is an exception. Although this was developed with tactical applications in mind, it’s designed in such a way that it will excel in all functions of a backpack; mission, school, work, EDC, travel, adventure, survival, overnight, battle, camping and even as airplane carry-on.

EXPANDABILITY           With just a 22 liter capacity, it’s a backpack meant for agility and speed, hence the name Litespeed. But it’s not just for minimalists or lightweight carry, it’s loading capability can almost double when needed. The front panel flap that can extend to carry fairly large objects has been upgraded from the predecessor; wider aspect and better lower strap attachments. New to this pack is a cleverly integrated paracord attachment system on top that can be used to hold hats, towels and jackets. Also new are “anchor points” on the outside and inside that be used to adapt the front panel flap in different ways.

DURABILITY           Built literally to take on war and the battlefield, the FAST Pack Litespeed is MIL-SPEC construction and parts. The primary material is by Cordura, makers of the toughest fabrics on earth with Hypalon reinforcements where needed. YKK zippers all around with multiple pack enhancing hardware new to this version. If it’s tough enough for soldiers in combat, then it’s more than adequate for everyone else.

MODULARITY           The wonderfully aggressive use of PALS webbing (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) all around the pack makes it a dream for endless configurations with MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) equipped pouches and accessories. Even the shoulder straps are strapped with them. While PALS is common with tactical rucksacks, the FAST Pack Litespeed takes it a step further with partially layered secondary webbing underneath that’s twice as wide for twice the compatibility. It morphs to what you need it to be.

WEARABILITY           The reengineered FAST Pack Litespeed has been trimmed and tightened for a better, more comfortable and nimble fit. As with the previous version, the back is generously padded but now with an improved foam and moisture-wicking spacer mesh. An HDPE framesheet has now been integrated along with completely revamped shoulder straps and structural enhancements for superior suspension geometry. Now it’s more like you’re wearing a backpack, not carrying it.

MANEUVERABILITY           The original FAST Pack Litespeed was structured with mobility in mind and now it’s as if it went through rigorous physical training to become the more athletic, lean, agile and responsive version it is now. These enhancements of course passes on to the wielder of the pack. It’s more comfortable and in a way I can only describe as “tight”. Whether walking on an urban street, trekking through a jungle or melee-ing walkers in Atlanta, the FAST Pack moves with the body as if it’s an extension of it.

The Vagabond Survival Prepping Method ///
FAST Pack Litespeed as a Survival Kit //

It’s called “Litespeed” for a reason as it enables the user speed and agility regardless of the load. But don’t let the name fool you, it can haul a lot more than perceivable.

Triple Aught Design also makes a much larger version that’s partially of the same name, FAST Pack EDC.

They’re both produced and available in very limited short runs that TAD is known for. A proven method to achieve a superior level of craftsmanship unattainable with the mass produced. Similar to how Prada and Fendi makes their bags that costs thousands of dollars.

TAD gear sells out notoriously fast so the only way to acquire them is to be notified whenever they restock.

- FAST Pack Litespeed Modifcation - -
FAST Pack Litespeed Modifcation ///
- Front Top Compartment of The FAST Pack -
Front Top Compartment of The FAST Pack //
- FAST Pack Litespeed w/ Water Bladder -
FAST Pack Litespeed w/ Water Bladder //
- FAST Pack Main Compartment w/ Anchor System -
FAST Pack Main Compartment w/ Anchor System //
- Original and Reengineered Shoulder Straps Comparison -
Original and Reengineered Shoulder Straps Comparison //
- Original FAST Pack Comparison w/ Reengineered Model -
Original FAST Pack Comparison w/ Reengineered Model //

Ever since I first purchased the original FAST Pack Litespeed a few years ago, I’ve been a dedicated customer wearing TAD’s apparel and using their equipment eagerly waiting for new releases.

One day I’d like to meet the team that had their literal hands involved in this backpack’s prototypes as I’m certain it’s how my hands would have made them.

The perfectest backpack for a vagabond.

Triple Aught Design FAST Pack Litespeed Reengineered /// Vinjatek

Stay tuned for an extended use review as well as the highly requested FAST Pack Litespeed modification / customization guide. Now live here >>>

10″ W x 20″ H x 6.75″ D // Capacity: 22 Liters // Weight: 60.8oz (1.72kg) // Made in The United States // Primary Fabric: Cordura // Reinforcements: Hypalon


TAD FAST Pack Litespeed // $275


*Some of the photos on this FAST Pack Litespeed review are shown with many aftermarket modifications and additions such as; Triple Aught Design’s iComm Pouch and Life Capsule Omega, Raven Concealment’s Pocket Shield, 20$Bandit’s Mini Kit MK-7 and much more.

These customizations represent the versatile possibilities of the FAST Pack Litespeed Backpack.

- FAST Pack Models w/ New FAST Pack EDC 2015 -
FAST Pack Litespeed Models w/ New FAST Pack EDC ///


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37 Comments

    • Lori Zabel Reply

      lol, I know right? But it’s so hard to get their stuff in stock!!!

      • I ordered mine through a dealer. It took a while to come but i was guaranteed it when the next production run went through.
        The 2014 is awesome. Best pack I’ve ever bought.

  1. Great review, it seems you’ve got a connect at Triple Aught Design, do you know if there going to release a “reengineered” EDC version anytime soon?

  2. Great review, it seems you’ve got a connect at Triple Aught Design, do you know if there going to release a “reengineered” EDC version anytime soon?

  3. Jones Ing 4 Mo Reply

    Ahhh FML, I just bought a Goruck rucksack, didn’t know these even existed…. eBay time.

  4. Jones Ing 4 Mo Reply

    Ahhh FML, I just bought a Goruck rucksack, didn’t know these even existed…. eBay time.

    • JOHN V CAIN // Reply

      Gorucks are awesome to, just not as refined as TAD but you won’t have any trouble finding someone taking it off your hands.

  5. Nice review! I shared it with the rest of the team. We’re always excited to see people using and modding the gear. Cool idea integrating the Pocket Shield on the inside, too.

    If you’re ever in SF, let me know and we’ll give you the behind-the-scenes tour.

  6. Awesome setup! Can you list the pouches, additional hardware you added, etc.? Thanks!

  7. Hey.
    Thanks for the great review. I was wondering, does a 15″ macbook pro fit into the litespeed ?
    Thanks, Bo

  8. What’s the attachment on the top of the lightspeed bag? Who makes that one?

  9. Yeah, seriously, what is that pouch on top, Ive been wondering since your first litespeed review, I thought it was a Maxpedition janus but I’m not sure, can you just tell us what that pouch is please!

  10. I love me some Triple Aught Design Gear but it’s so hard to get their stuff in stock 🙁

  11. Felipe Fenton Reply

    So are you currently traveling with the Litespeed, Black Yak, Camelbak and Sport Harness? Or do you only take either the Litespeed or the Black Yak?

    • JOHN V CAIN // Reply

      The Litepseed is always with me and the Black Yak is used for when I need to haul equipment that must be checked (airports).

      I’ve phased out the Camelbak for “normal” carry but it stuffs so small in or on the Litespeed I have it around.

      The sportHolster is still on me most of the time as it’s so seamless on the body.

  12. The PocketShield mounted to the bottom of the Litespeed looks intriguing. I understand how the PocketShield works in the pocket, but what do you typically carry with it when it’s mounted on your pack?

    BTW great website and great lifestyle!

  13. Excellent review! I’ll be purchasing a like-new Litespeed this Friday ($240 including a GoRuck bottle pouch & shipping) and you’ve giving me some really good ideas. The RCS PocketShield mounted on the bottom is brilliant.

  14. Hey have you done a review of all the mods and attachments for the lite speed reengineered ? Can’t wait to get some more ideas..!

  15. I’ve been trying to figure out what the metal clasp is on the right shoulder strap. What is it and how exactly is it utilized?

  16. Just got the Fast Pack Litespeed after your review. Still working on the setup similar to yours but I think this may be the best pack ever. Sure better than my Goruck GR1.

  17. Grey Scout Reply

    I know this review is old but have tried the new 2018 FAST Pack Litespeed?

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