AO Review: Gray Ghost Gear Griff Pack

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Patrick Orcutt 09.08.22

For 5 years the Gray Ghost Gear Griff Pack was in heavy rotation while I was in school in college. It was mainly used for everyday carrying, beach trips and as a book bag.

This bag was privately purchased by myself from Gray Ghost Gear. Product discontinued this year.

Gray Ghost Gear or (GGG) is a small “boutique” manufacturer of tactical gear that manufactures gear in a number of different camouflage patterns and is based in Indiana. In 2013, the company announced a partnership with another gear company many of you have heard of called Tactical Tailor. Since this partnership, there are many items and designs that these two companies share with the Milspec Monkey brand. While Tactical Tailor manufactures most of its products in the United States, I believe GGG produces mostly overseas. GGG has recently revamped its website, so it’s a bit difficult to find all the details right now.

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle – Specifications

  • 18″ (H) x 12″ (W) x 7″ (D)
  • Primarily constructed from 500D Cordura nylon
  • Weight: 2 pounds 10 ounces
  • Color: Gray and Black
  • MSRP: $120

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Griff Gray Ghost Gear Pack – Quality and Comfort

The Griff Pack is mainly made up of 500D Cordura giving the bag a good mix of durability and weight. In the five years I’ve used this bag, there are only a few minor scuffs on the bottom of the bag from dragging it through the dirt. All of the seams on the bag held up incredibly well, even though I abused it by overloading this bag regularly. The top handle is also well constructed and stitched, giving you a great place to carry the Griff while it’s on your back. Speaking of your back, when carrying this bag in its intended role, the generously wide shoulder straps will ensure you stay comfortable even under heavier loads. Shoulder straps are 3″ wide with nice padding for comfort and airflow. There is a sternum strap to keep everything tight and close to the body when carrying heavier loads on the pack.

The rear panel of the pack has the same mesh padding material to promote ventilation and keep your back cool. In my experience, mesh back panels like the one on the Griff bag help cool your back, but only by a small margin. I’m also the kind of guy who sweats no matter what I do outside if it’s over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The front of the bag has a nylon daisy chain webbing section for attaching carabiners or other items. On both sides of the bag there are compression straps to keep the bag tight when not fully loaded.

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

I think GGG really nailed the outward appearance of this bag by giving it a very unique look when it was released in 2015. The bag definitely has a tactical look, but it’s very understated compared to other products in the same section . There is a small hook and loop field on the front of the bag for patches and if it weren’t for that I think most people would assume it was a backpack not tactical, fine until they look inside.

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Pack – Organization

One of the things that Griff Pack really excels at is organization. The Griff is packed with cool features that definitely help it stand out from its competition. On the front of the bag, above the aforementioned hook and loop field, there is a medium-sized felt-lined pocket for smaller items. You’d assume that since it was lined it would be a good place for sunglasses but the pocket is right up against where you’ll be storing most of your heaviest gear so it doesn’t have much makes sense in my opinion.

Moving forward into the second compartment of the bag, you’ll find plenty of smaller pockets for organization. There’s even an anchored D-ring for attaching keys or gloves. Almost the entire interior of this pocket is lined with velcro, giving you the flexibility to attach your own pouches or patches. The other side of the compartment has elastic chaining for inserting medical items or chemical lamps. I found during my testing that this was by far my most used section of the Griff Pack given its great organization and ease of access.

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

The main compartment of the bag is a large 18″(H) x 12″ (W) x 2″ (D) hook and loop scope giving you plenty of options for mounting additional pouches or attaching larger items. The Griff was designed with concealed carry in mind and this part of the bag can perfectly fit a barreled and disabled 10.5 inch AR-15. The entire velcro allows you to secure your SBR inside the pack. Personally, I’ve never worn SBR in this pack, so I can’t really speak to his proficiency in that regard.

The final compartment of the Griff is the Laptop/CCW Pistol Compartment located at the far back. Here you’ll find a fairly standard laptop sleeve that can hold up to a 17-inch laptop. I wish the pouch was padded at the bottom of the bag as the griff offers no protection for your electronics in this regard. There is a small storage pocket inside this compartment for your most sensitive or hidden items. Below the laptop sleeve is another field of hooks and loops for attaching a holster or just padding for a gun. This section of the pack has two clear pockets allowing you to access a gun or other items. To keep your gun from falling out, there are two flexible elastic doors that hold everything in place but allow your hand access inside. It’s a very good design but not without its problems.

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For me, I have found that when I try to draw a larger handgun with a hammer like my Sig P226 MK 25, the handgun often gets stuck on the rubber band gates and prevents a clean draw. I’m sure with smaller handguns this would be less of an issue.

Gray Ghost Gear Griff Pack – Usage Philosophies

  • CCW for pistols and SRBs
  • EDC
  • storage bag

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Griff Gray Ghost Gear Pack – Like

  • Superb bag
  • Lots of organization
  • Very reasonably priced at $120

Gray Ghost Gear Griff Pack – Dislike

  • Minimal laptop padding
  • The front compartment is designed for sunglasses, but offers little protection
  • GGG does not include webbing elastics for all webbing sections.

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Griff Gray Ghost Gear Pack – Conclusion

In 2015 when the Griff was introduced, it definitely stood out amongst its peers. Today, I think there are much better options on the market for serious off-body CCW options. The Griff still has some features you won’t find on many other bags even to this day, but with GGG discontinuing it earlier this year, I think its time is up. I’m hoping to see an updated V2 model from GGG but I’m not holding my breath. If you can still find them new or used, they’re still a steal at $120.

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

Griff Gray Ghost Gear Bundle

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Patrick Orcutt

Patrik Orcutt is currently a writer for AllOutdoor who has opted out of writing a short biography at this time.

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