Backpack Compatibility: Does IcePlate work with my EDC/Travel backpack?

IcePlate is the perfect hydration solution for Vertx Gamut EDC packs

IcePlate was originally designed with a specific mission: cool soldiers under body armor. Shortly after launch in August 2016, we started to discover a wide variety of new uses and applications for IcePlate. Some of these new applications were things we discovered randomly like how well IcePlate fits in seat-back pockets of commercial airplanes, making it a great companion for any flight over 2-3 hours and a mandatory companion for any flight over four hours. Other applications like Firefighter Rehab, were discovered by our friends and industry partners like SOARescue. If you are looking for a resource on standalone IcePlate carriers, check out our article "How do I wear IcePlate?" here.

IcePlate Backpack Compatibility Chart
Feature Hydration Only (IcePlate fits inside) IcePlate Cooling + Hydration: IcePlate on Shoulder Straps
5.11 Covrt Boxpack Yes Yes
5.11 Covrt 18 Yes Yes
5.11 All Hazards Prime Yes Yes
5.11 Dart 18 Yes Yes
5.11 Havoc 30 No Yes
5.11 Ignitor No Yes
5.11 Rapid Quad Zip No Yes
5.11 RUSH 12 No Yes
5.11 RUSH 24 Yes Yes
5.11 RUSH 72 Yes Yes
GO RUCK bullet Ruck No Yes
GO RUCK Echo Yes Yes
GO RUCK Rucker Yes Yes
Haley Strategic Partners Flat Pack Plus* Yes Yes
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Yes Yes

Osprey EXOS Series

No Yes

SOG Ninja Tactical Day Pack

No Yes

Silent Pocket 20L Faraday Backpack

Yes Yes
Vertx EDC Commuter XL Sling Yes No
Vertx EDC Courier No No
Vertx EDC Gamut Yes Yes
Vertx EDC Gamut Plus Yes Yes
Vertx EDC Ready Pack Yes Yes
Vertx EDC Essential Bag Yes No
Vertx EDC Commuter Sling Yes No
Vertx EDC Transit Sling Yes No

One of our favorite "non-body armor" applications discovered after launch is the role of backpack hydration system. This use case leverages the thin, flat profile of IcePlate to maximize storage/packing density while carrying more water in less cube space. This may sound like a nuanced concept, but wait until you slide an IcePlate into your favorite backpack (we recommend Vertx and Haley Strategic Partners for your EDC and tactical pack requirements) and notice how much more space you have (while having the option to carry nearly 2x more water than a Nalgene or other legacy bottle) for other essential items like your laptop, noise cancelling headphones, charging cables and external batteries. The "water bottle bulge" is a thing of the past. You never knew life on the go could be so good!

Haley Strategic Partners FlatPack Plus with IcePlate

Haley Strategic Partners Flat Pack Plus with IcePlate inside main compartment

IcePlate inside Haley Strategic Partners FlatPack Plus main compartment Coyote Tan

*N.B. on Haley Strategic Flat Pack Plus: IcePlate does not fit in the HSP FlatPack Plus internal hydration pocket. It only fits inside the main compartment. The ideal integration for the HSP FlatPack Plus is to run it like this:

Haley Strategic Partners FlatPack Plus with IcePlate integration

IcePlate integrates perfectly with the Haley Strategic Partners FlatPack Plus

One of our key design philosophies here at Qore Performance is to make every attempt to "future-proof" our designs and make our entire ecosystem as cross-compatible and interoperable as possible. Our Upgrade Bundle is a perfect example of that design philosophy. If you own a Standard IcePlate (no Quick Disconnect) and are looking to plus up your capabilities, we now offer the Upgrade Bundle to retrofit your Standard IcePlate with a Dust Cover Kit, On/Off Valve, Quick Disconnect and Anti-Kink Spring Kit. This is ideal for users who carry their IcePlate with them in and EDC capacity or for travelers and frequent flyers who use IcePlate with Vertx Backpacks as their carry-on bag. 

If you don't see your backpack on this chart, please email us your knowledge/experience with your specific IcePlate/pack combo. If you include pictures and we use them on this post, then we'll even send you some swag totally on us! We'll add this new info to the chart for the benefit of the entire community. The Backpack Compatibility Chart, like our Plate Carrier Compatibility Chart, is a community asset and will be updated continuously. Thank you for your help!

IcePlate/Backpack interfaces from the field:

Phil S. - SOG Ninja Tactical Day Pack (24AUG 2018)

From Phil:

1. "The IcePlate does not fit in the hydration reservoir, the plate is too big. I Jimmy-rigged it on the trail by making a needle and thread out of a fishhook and line to shorten the retaining strap on the Ninja so the IcePlate rides higher and fits more snug"

2. "The 27" hose that comes with the disconnect is just a wee bit short on this set up, if it was 30" that would be perfect. As it is I have to turn my head about 75 degrees. That being said this length also does not dangle or interfere in normal use. So I would not get a longer house because this is 100% functional and stats out if the way. (Like you designed it, I suppose)"

IcePlate outdoor user Phil S. using IcePlate in the backcountry with the SOG Ninja Day Backpack

IcePlat backpacking customer Phil S. using his IcePlate with the SOG Ninja Tactical Day Backpack

Jason D. - Vertx EDC Commuter Sling (03SEP 2018)

From Jason:

1. "IcePlate will fit in the hidden compartment of the EDC Commuter Sling it also fits inside the inner zippered pocket within that compartment that is for your armor insert."

2. "IcePlate fits inside that inner zippered pocket for the actual armor WITH armor in it. You should be able to carry it in the hidden compartment, in the armor pocket, or in the armor pocket with armor."

Vertx EDC Commuter Sling with IcePlate Inside 


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