- Created: Wednesday, 26 December 2007 07:39
DIM: Main compartment: 12" x 8" x 3"
Front upper pocket: 7" x 3" x 1"
Front lower pocket: 8” x 7” x 1.5”
Front slip pocket: 6.5" x 5.5"
Rear CCW pocket: 6" x 8"
Approximate overall volume: 390 cu. in.
The Remora brought a new spin on the Gearslinger line starting fairly small and now the Lunada is available for those who wanted something a little bigger. I'll go ahead and guess I'm not the only one who first saw the Lunada pictures and couldn't tell what got changed besides the longer strap. Once actually in hand, the Lunada is noticeably larger and hopefully my comparison and wearing pictures display this. The other major changes include that longer main shoulder strap I was talking about, a bonus messenger bag style cross strap, and slightly more internal features.
The longer shoulder strap is nice and padded giving a good ride even with heavier loads. Since there is more length, more PALS-like loops have been added, but they are not sewn down the middle. 2 D-rings are in the middle for attachment points and another is at the end close to the main SRB. This D-ring is the attachment point for the new cross-strap which then connects to one of the lower side D-rings of the Lunada. Those on bikes or doing general fast movement will highly appreciate the cross-strap since it prevents placement shifting. A small draw back to the long shoulder strap is that it does not tuck into the back CCW pocket very well since it causes a large bulge.
The inside of the main compartment is very similar, but a flap to the inner front has been added that doubles as a slim zipper pocket. I'm not so sure about this flap since it covers this CCW area that was nice and open on the Remora. To get the flap out of the way, one can tuck it into the sleeve pocket that it serves as a flap for. A draw back to this is that the loop velcro inside this sleeve pocket area is then covered up. Thus if you have a holster or something in there, the flap still covers your item. If you find yourself fighting this flap, just cut it off and call it a day.
Another addition is the external frontal upper pocket. It isn't huge, but has a sleeve pocket in the back and elastic divided into 3 loops. 1 loop is longer than the others to offer more holding options. As a quick note, this pocket is a little short so any tall items will need to be laid horizontally inside. An example of something that will fit the pocket height well is one of those battery 4-pack holders that are getting more popular. The lower frontal pocket received a small upgrade of elastic divided into 3 loops sewn onto the back sleeve. Since this pocket is larger, this elastic can accommodate many common EDC items such as multitools and flashlights. The elastic on the opposite interior side now is divided into 4 loops also good for EDC items. With the increase of overall size, the sides of the Lunada have an additional PALS row allowing taller modular pouch additions. The PALS on the exterior of the lower front pocket is still 4 channels, but now have more width. The back CCW pocket is more roomy, but the D-ring connected to the flap is still small and I recommend adding a pull cord if you find it a little hard to grab.
I was a fan of the Remora, so as you may have guessed, I am a fan of the Lunada as well. Rather than being a streamlined CCW pouch, the Lunada has enough space to carry a substantial amount of gear, yet still has the CCW options. I feel the design changes to create the Lunada were good choices to adapt to the larger carrying capactiy. Currently available in Black, OD Green, Khaki, and ACU.