The Dragon Egg of Direct Action is my last acquisition in the backpack category and here is my review after 1 year of use. In everyday life, I mainly need a bag of average capacity (30L max) but well organized to carry my EDC and my IFAK so that everything is accessible easily.
If most bags can allow me to ship my items in bulk without problems, it is however more complicated to find that are compartmentalised intelligently. I had had a huge disappointment with other bags, which s had turned out to be an organizational nightmare with poorly studied pockets and compartments too narrow.
I cut my hands on the zippers by sliding them in the pockets and I had to superimpose the objects to make them fit, which made the bottom of the bag particularly difficult to access and forced me to release half of the contents for access the rest.I came across the Dragon Egg after a long search in the jungle tactical bags.
This model of Direct Action (high-end branch of the Polish firm Helikon Tex) was designed specifically for EDC. In addition to offering a particularly pleasant aesthetic with details that will touch their audience (paracord braided handle, front laser-cut MOLLE fasteners, nets gourds wide enough to accommodate large diameters Nalgene type, YKK zips, Cordura 500D water repellent … ), this 25L bag offers 3 well thought out compartments … and even 4 for those who, like me, will use the back pocket originally intended to accommodate a camelback or a computer to store documents, a handgun or spare clothes.
The value for money of this Direct Action Dragon Egg is excellent. Sold $149, it offers a design and ergonomics that make the nick to the competition that will often offer much less comfort for the same price, or more expensive. It is the perfect bag for a flexible daily carry.
On the front of the bag, there is a laser-cut MOLLE panel in 500 denier Cordura fabric, a velcro for patches, loops for carabiners or a rope weaving if the heart tells you and a compartment with glasses or small electronic equipment. This small pocket, quite generous, has a soft interior lining to preserve glasses and screens. Its easy accessibility means that I only drop smaller items when I’m in town.
The Dragon Egg Direct Action main compartment is generous and has 2 pockets that allow you to isolate equipment if you wish. One is a zippered mesh pocket, the other a simple pocket for a hydration pocket (or whatever you want). I usually carry my EDC Condor wallet, 2 days of change (1 pair of jeans + 2 T-shirts + underwear rolled up) and my IFAK, but we can get much more material.
The generous front compartment (often referred to as the admin pocket) opens 90 degrees to allow quick access to its contents. It offers a well thought out subdivision that adapts perfectly to my needs. My equipment is well organized, secure and easily accessible when needed.
For a bag of 25L, the Dragon Egg allows a very comfortable capacity. Maybe it’s due to its egg-shaped shape, anyway I get as much stuff in it as in a bag of 33L, and without forcing it.
Originally thought to be a bag 24h, it can easily go beyond. The back compartment of the Dragon Egg is very convenient to carry sensitive material such as documents or important objects. The presence of back padding “CVS” (Combat Vent System) creates an insulation that avoids feeling the contents of this pocket against his lumbar.
The CVS, available only at Direct Action, is also very pleasant and effective to regulate perspiration to the point that it eliminates almost completely. This is without a doubt the most powerful system I have tested so far and I appreciate it a lot as soon as the thermometer climbs or I have to hit a sprint with the Dragon Egg on the shoulders.
The straps also benefit from generous and efficient padding and are very comfortable to wear. A chest strap adjustable in height and spacing balances the portage and relieves your lumbar when the Dragon Egg is fully loaded. The bag comes with a lap strap that I removed because I do not use it in everyday life. The Direct Action Dragon Egg has 4 side compression straps and 2 compression straps at the bottom of the bag, allowing to add for example a sleeping bag.