The Eberlestock F53 Tomahawk is a long-range pack that's stripped of non-essential features, resulting a clean and efficient all-purpose load hauler. Its no-shelf Intex II frame combines the best characteristics of internal and external frames, giving the Tomahawk outstanding load-bearing comfort and performance.
Although stripped down, the Tomahawk is still feature rich. A floating lid doubles as a removable fanny pack go-bag. Bottle holders, full length side pockets, and quick-stow sleeves are on each side. The main compartment is accessed through either a storm-collar top or the quick-pull spade front door. The interior features a Nylex back wall (15"x11"), tuck pockets, and EMOD Hookup links.
- Low profile Intex II frame
- Laser-cut MOLLE panel
- Plush padded shoulder harness
- Floating lid that doubles as a removable fanny pack go-bag
- Quick drain bottom for amphibious operations
- Spade shape zipper front for quick access
- EMOD / Hookup compatible
- Lifetime manufacturer's warranty
- Total Pack Volume: 3,100 ci / 51 Liters
- Dimensions of main compartment: 21.5" x 12" x 12"
As a former wilderness guide with over 500 nights in the field, I'm a gear junkie and bag enthusiast. I love building load outs that offer the most amount of versatility with the least amount of gear. I have bags from many of the major brands -- Kelty, Deuter, Maxpedition, 5.11, Hazard 4, Mystery Ranch, etc. Eberlestock tops all the other brands in terms of quality, and the new F53 Tomahawk is no exception.
I wanted a smaller multi-day pack with a frame. The Tomahawk fits the bill. I have my Tomahawk set up as a bug-out bag that can be converted into a recreational hiking/camping pack at any time. It's versatile in that it can hold enough winter gear to stay warm (I live in Vermont), or I can use it as a hunting pack in the summer/fall months.
The F53 incredibly is comfortable and bears heavy loads well. The shoulder straps and frame combine to make it an all-day walker, reducing hot spots and increasing energy efficiency. In short, 50 lbs feels closer to 30 lbs on my back.
The only complaint I have about the bag is that I wish there was a way to strap my rifle to it. Eberlestock makes many different gun bags though, so I can't complain too much. I just liked the F53 enough to let that feature slide.
In closing, this pack is exactly what you think it is. Solid, simple, and versatile.
As a former Marine I can appreciate a good pack. The Tomahawk has thus far exceeded expectations. Will be buying from you guys in the future.
Very happy with the F53 Tomahawk so far. I like the aluminum frame without the bend on the bottom. I wish it had at least one drag handle on one side. I also bought two 2L pouches and put one on each side for extra storage for quick access items. Also a small padded pouch to attach to the hip belt. The spade shaped front is easy to open and close. It’s a very versatile pack.
I think this is an excellent backpack for my needs, however there are 2 things that would make this pack even better.
1.) for the outer saddlebag areas to expand outwards so that when you stuff items in them, the interior space of the pack is not affected.
Currently if you stuff either of them you loose precious interior space and some exterior space due expansion.
2.) The depth of the pack from front to back needs to be at least 2 inches deeper, perhaps make it a 55 liter instead of a 51 liter.
Other than that truly an outstanding pack.
Thanks for the opportunity to give you feedback. I will be evaluating the Tomahawk over the next several month’s of operations. Please contact me periodically for updates. I will provide feedback when possible. Thank you.