Cubby Hybrid, from a Polish tactical gear manufacturer Husar, is a new approach to the design solutions of the Cubby Admin pack, which was a hybrid of waist pack and admin panel. The quite successful construction was enriched with a set of more extensive organizers; and, I must admit, it has definitely surpassed my expectations…
The main fabric of the Cubby Hybrid is a Cordura 500d nylon available in a wide range of colours (Coyote, Ranger Green, black, PenCott Greenzone, A-Tacs FG, Multicam). The hardware elements were manufactured by the Duraflex and ITW Nexus, and all zippers come from the Japanese YKK.
Pockets and Compartments
The main compartment features a capacious organizer filled with elastic tapes divided into cells of many sizes, a D-ring and several loops of elastic tape for securing the carried gear or carrying pens. The inside contains also an additional pocket (on the “body side”) closed with two zippers. Interestingly, their pullers are made of a bright yellow paracord, making them easy to spot even when the Cubby Hybrid is fully packed.
On the outside, Husar’s pack has another, medium-sized, pocket with additional elastic webbing allowing organization of all the miscellaneous gear you’d like to keep at hand. What’s more, next to the pocket there are two large loops made of elastic webbing which make it possible to conveniently carry knives/multitools/flashlights or other equipment with a pocket clip.
Such a solution makes it possible to have some of the gear always at hand – saving the time normally spent on opening the pack and searching for the necessary equipment. However, the tools carried in this way are much more exposed to the unfavourable weather conditions, dust, or slightly higher chance of loss (for example, during a fall or when you hit a tree, stone, or other object, the gear may simply slide out of the tape).
The last of the pockets, made of the Hypalon and closed using an inverted YKK zipper, is located on the Hybrid’s back – close to the user’s body – and makes it possible to carry things that you wouldn’t like to lose (documents, wallet, etc.). However, I must mention that the surface of Hypalon tends to “stick” to the body, what could be rather unpleasant during the warmer days.
Hybrid’s back features a pair of MOLLE/PALS compatible straps, which were (obviously) made of Hypalon. The same solution has already appeared in the previously mentioned Cubby Admin pack, but in the case of the Hybrid it deserves a special attention, as the unused straps can be hidden in the back pocket using a set of special cuts.
At the bottom of the Husar’s pack there is a shockcord that allows for a certain degree of compression, as well as carrying of a small bottle, a compact jacket, or gloves.
Cubby Hybrid can be carried using a 25 mm polyamide strap (in this case, in the Multicam camouflage) attached to the Hypalon loops with a Duraflex Slik Clip carabiner. The belt was also equipped with two buckles so that the pack can be put on/ taken off without struggling to find the buckle, and it is possible to decide where you would prefer to have the excess of material allowing regulation of the belt’s length. Finally, at the top of the Cubby there are additional loops, made of the polyamide tape, which make it possible to carry it on the chest (using additional straps) or as a small bag.
Cubby Hybrid V1 vs V2
It is also worth mentioning that the tested pack is a second version of the Hybrid. In contrast with the original design, the nylon pocket in the main compartment now features a double zipper and the Hypalon back pocket is equipped with a zipper and the straps for mounting on MOLLE/PALS compatible webbing.
The craft of the Cubby Hybrid is definitely top-notch – nothing rips, and searching for any loose threads would require a magnifying glass. The materials used perform very well, however, it is clearly visible that the Hypalon has a lower mechanical resistance than the Cordura. The surface of the back pocket bears a few scratches, but it is nothing that could threaten the pack’s performance or affect the user experience.
Minor tears have also appeared at the cuts in the Hypalon meant for hiding and attaching the MOLLE straps. The endings of straps turned out to be too big and stiff, and had damaged the material when they were put into the back pocket. This isn’t really a serious issue and it doesn’t look like the crack will further increase (as it hasn’t done so in the last few months), but a slight widening of the holes could eliminate the problem.
What I also noticed was a great care that was paid by the Husar to designing and producing this model. The Hypalon straps were marked with manufacturer’s logo and name; the surface of the back pocket received another laser-burnt logo and the packs name; the front also features a small piece of Hypalon with Husar’s logo. Not to mention the company’s patch added to every waist pack.
It all accounts for the impression that when you take the pack into your hands, you are actually holding a piece of gear of the highest quality. This view is additionally strengthened by the technical details – the main zipper was sewed twice, and in each of the pockets (even in this internal one with bright pullers!) you can find a drainage hole. This might be a trifle, but I noticed a lack of the Hypalon “tag” – with the date of production and manufacturers signature – known from the Cubby Admin panel.
At the beginning of the text I also mentioned that the Hybrid exceeded my expectations.
I must admit that even knowing the theoretical size of the pack (the main chamber dimensions are 270 mm x 140 mm x 50 mm) I had not expected that it will be so big – this incarnation of Cubby is significantly larger than the Admin (even + version). The size makes the Hybrid an unlikely companion for your (typical) urban/EDC applications, and even in the “non-combat” colours it will stick out of the crowd.
Husar Cubby Hybrid and Husar Cubby Admin + – the difference in size is clearly visible
The dimensions of the pack also make me prone to considering the Cubby Hybrid to be more of a buttpack than an actual waistpack. This is especially a case for the slim people, for whom carrying the Husar’s pack in any way other than on the back will be simply uncomfortable.
A separate issue is the main compartment, which can easily store even the largest EDC (or other set of gear). However, I would even say that the Hybrid is actually too capacious – its dimensions make it easy to fill the pack with excess of equipment. This, combined with a rather narrow (25mm) carrying belt, can effectively decrease the comfort of using the Cubby. In addition, such an overly-packed Hybrid will also have a tendency to slight swinging (up-down movement) during any walking.
So, how is the Cubby Hybrid performing? It is undoubtedly a well-crafted pack made out of the best materials, and with use of interesting design solutions (Hypalon straps hidden inside a pocket, elastic webbing on the front side, etc.). Additionally, Hybrid features both aesthetics and attention to detail typical for the Husar. On the other hand, the size of the pack makes it much less versatile than the “typical” tactical waistpacks.
Overall, Cubby Hybrid is a piece of fine gear, but not everyone will like it due to its large dimensions. Personally, I would love to see the “Cubby Hybrid mini” pack, which would feature the same technical solutions, but in a more compact form.
+ Quality of craft!
+ Internal webbing and pockets
+ Carrying strap’s attachment
+ Hypalon straps
– Hypalon back can be a bit problematic in summer
– Slightly too small holes for the hypalon straps
Special thanks to Husar for giving us a chance for testing the Cubby Hybrid tactical waist pack!