And so arrives another new bag. You may or may not have seen my review of the first gen. ATS Raid pack here, in which I mentioned a few issues I had with the bag. Well, it seems everyone else had those same problems as ATS have sorted all the little niggles out with the new, improved Raid 2. I apologise in advance for the awful pics, I’m having a bad camera day. Looks the same from the front, doesn’t it? This is very much an evolution of the old bag so the bits that worked have been left well alone. There are two main changes really, the most important being the shoulder strap attachment. Rather than being sewn straight into the top seam of the bag they are now attached to the front of the bag, in a similar way to the Cobra; This decreases the strain on the seams which was, for me, the main drawback of the old bag. The straps are also much thinner, to sit better over armour apparently. I wouldn’t know about that, but they are very comfy and not really any thinner than Kifaru straps; The new strap arrangement works very well and the Raid 2 rides much better than the original. I do feel the top of the straps could be wider apart, but that’s really being picky. Instead of the top compression straps we now have tension straps fixed to the top seam. You can see the three hydration ports in this shot too; The sternum strap isn’t very nice – the webbing is incredibly stiff, it’s elasticated (which I hate) and it’s too long, presumably again to go over armour; The other main change is inside the main flap. Where there used to be two large mesh-fronted pockets is now nothing but glorious PALS. The top and bottom rows are elasticised; I didn’t mind the old pockets to be honest, they made maximum use of the space for minimum weight. The mesh was fairly delicate though, and the new way gives you more options. Here are a couple of Kifaru Lock & Loads in place (a #10 above a #2); Annoyingly, the PALS both inside and out are still seven channels wide. As most pouches have an even number of channels on the rear I think six or eight channels would have given you more options for getting add-ons centred. It’s no biggy though. Inside the main compartment, the lash-down straps of the old model have been replaced with four three-bar sliders allowing two horizontal straps to be added; It’s possible to add even more PALS to this by fixing a TAD Gear MOLLE panel to these points with Slik clips. You know you want to; The base of the pack is the same as before, with more PALS and grommets for drainage; The sides are also the same, still with five channels of PALS (although only four are really usable) and the splendid slot pockets on each side; On the outside of the main flap there is now a pocket running the full depth of the flap; Other details. A large, roomy grab handle, unfortunately just sewn onto the main body of the bag. I always feel this a potential weak spot, although I’ve never had one fail; Buckles for attaching a 2” webbing waist belt, and quick-release shoulder straps; All of the stitching is good, tight and straight with no loose threads. The quality is almost up there with the best, although it doesn't have the overbuilt and classy feel of Kifaru stuff. And that’s about it. I do feel the Raid 2 is a noticeable improvement over the original, and ATS are to be applauded for listening to the end user in the update. It’s just a shame that the new bag isn’t selling for the same price as the old one! I bought my bag from Supply Captain, who gave first-rate service, as always.