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Long-range pack that's stripped of non-essential features



Regular price Sale price $389.00
Volume: 3100 c.i.
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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 weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz.  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.

Recommended for: 

  • Military Ruck | Bug Out

Recommended Add-Ons:


  • 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"

Customer Reviews

Based on 34 reviews
Bryce A.M.
Great for the field

As an 11B I can deeply appreciate the modular design of the Tomahawk. I can adequately say that I have never had an issue fitting all of my gear for the field.

Alec B.

Great pack. Fits comfortably and has more space than I know what to do with right now. Looking forward to the next camping trip I have.

Chad B.
Wrong bag color

Mix up on right bag type, still working on getting the right one but they helped

Mason M.
F53 Tomahawk

Things about this pack I love, the structure is simple and makes sense, the zippers and the barn door/front panel are made well, the detachable tac-fanny, The hidden pockets are easy to get into, the lumbar pad is effective. So far the F53 suspends weight nicely. I am a competitive shooter and sniper section leader, I will testing the durability soon!

I like it but it needs improvement.

So I received my Tomahawk about two weeks ago to replace my Halftrack, as the Halftrack is too small for my current needs. The Tomahwak is a great looking pack with some great features and issues. I bought mine in Dry Earth because Multicam was sold out.

The Pros of the Tomahawk are:
1. Wider and deeper than the Halftrack. Packing my gear is so much more easier than with the Halftrack with the room to spare. It's the right size for an autumn camping trip and I can save my Army issued Large Rucksack for really cold Winter trips when I need to carry extra gear.
2. It carries heavy loads fairly well. I've done several hikes for several miles with about 38 lbs loads and it feels relatively good. My lower lumbar area always feels good but my shoulders are tired. However, to be honest any pack may make your shoulders tired after awhile, so that's just a side comment more than a real complaint.
3. The removable Fanny Top is very spacious which does a great job holding my fire starting kit and cordage with room to spare.
4. It still has the same long side pockets just like the Halftrack, which is great, but see below for caveats.

1. It's about 8 lbs and very sturdy but that's a pro and a con. I like the overall sturdiness and support of the INTEX II frame but in the summer heat I feel every ounce of that pack on me.
2. The Fanny Top will not stay in place. The only way to keep it mostly on the top is the pack needs to be stuffed. If the pack is not stuffed the Fanny Top slides down the pack and exposes the upper pack to the elements.
3. The single strap system and lower beaver tail/flap is a mess. So there is one strap on both the left and right frontside of the pack that goes from the beaver tail to the Fanny Top. Once the buckles are released the beaver tail just falls open spilling any contents that may have been held in place there. This is messy and annoying. This system should be redesigned or abandoned all together in place of a conventional PALS webbing system at the bottom of the pack.
4. The rain cover can't be used while attached to the rain cover loop inside the rain cover pocket.
The beaver tail design does not allow the rain cover to be deployed while attached to the rain cover pocket loop. You must detach the rain cover from the rain cover loop, reattach the the male beaver tail buckles to the female fanny top buckles, then attach the rain cover to the outer part of the pack. OR pull the rain cover attachment loop through a laser cut MOLLE slot then attach the rain cover to the loop and pull over the pack. UGH!!
On my Halftrack I just unzip the rain cover pocket, pull out the rain cover and slide it out over my pack. Easy.
5. Water Bottle Pockets at the bottom of the pack should be expanded. Like all Eberlestock packs, if you use the long side pockets, you can't use the Water Pottle Pockets and vice versa.

Martin R.
From an Infantryman's perspective

The F53 Tomahawk is the most well planned design of an internal frame ruck I have ever possessed. The comfort, durability, and customization capability is a thing of beauty that any grunt will very much appreciate as I do. The thickly padded shoulder straps provide excellent relief for heavy loads and the ability to adjust their height with their ladder system ensures all shapes and sizes will be thoroughly accommodated. I really like how it came included with a rain cover as there is nothing worse than being wet and miserable knowing that the gear on your back is soaking up rain like a sponge adding weight by the second. So that was nice of them! And everything from the beefy zippers, zipper pulls, laser cut molle, removable lid, lightweight frame etc are top notch and i would highly recommend this pack for anyone in the military as well as outdoor enthusiasts.

jacob i.
Decent pack

Not exactly what I though it would be. This is my third Eberlystock purchase the other two were 5 star.

Brent H.
So far so good!

No issues with this pack at all. Haven’t had a chance to use it yet but it kind of reminds me of the pack I had in the USMC from 2012-2020. It has zipper access on the back so it’s easier to get to things in the bottom of your pack ETC. no issues with the floating top. Even if it’s a light load to can still tighten it to make sure it’s right on top covering the drawstring opening. Plus I’m sure you could throw a rifle in the pack And be able to hold it in place and cover from the elements with the floating top design. Not a bad pack at all. But 4 star cause I haven’t tested it yet.

Joseph D.

Love this pack

Scott F.
F53 bag

Very well built, size is perfect, exceeds expectations.