Gear review: RE Factor’s ASO Bag


We treat gear like Mike Tyson treats ears. This has given us deep appreciation for anything of extreme durability. Today we offer up something from RE Factor for your scrutiny. Mad Duo


Gear review: The RE Factor Tactical Advanced Special Operations (ASO) Bag

Good quality American made gear often comes at a cost, usually a steep one. After running around the country for the last few months with the RE Factor ASO bag, we think there might be a few exceptions to that rule. 


RE Factor had their idea of what a “tactical travel bag” should be, and set out to make the best duffle that they could.  They wanted a mid-sized bag to accommodate the usual load out of equipment commonly carried by armed professionals and everyday shooters alike. The result is the chock-Full-of-features Advanced Special Operations bag, . 

“The Advanced Special Operations (ASO) Bag was specifically designed for the individual who needs the ability to travel with a tactical bag without the tactical look.” Essentially, the ASO bag was created to haul a ton of gear in a small package without standing out like a sore thumb. Sized for use as a carry-on for commercial flights, we found that the ASO fit into all the overhead compartments we tried, even when packed to the max. 

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The ASO bag has a total of five separate compartments, with plenty of sub-compartments and features. On either side of the bag you find two pockets, one specially lined with RFID blocking material for your passport, wallet and phone. The other side of the rectangular bag has a zip-flat flap supported by a 550 cord “draw bridge” of sorts. This system allows you to adjust how low the compartment opens when fully unzipped, for example if you access it while standing.

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