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[SHOT Show 2017] Triple Aught Design’s Parallax Messenger Bag

Here's a good way to start the new year; Triple Aught Design has introduced the Parallax Messenger Bag. They describe it as a subtle and adaptable solution to EDC (Every Day Carry) needs, which seems like a reasonable claim. Our experience with Triple Aught Design products has been singularly positive, and a bag that eschews PALS loops and Beardy McTactical features is typically preferable to one that doesn't (when you want to go low-profile, that is). Read on (and watch the video) to learn more about the Parallax Messenger Bag from TAD Gear.

Note that TAD apparently won't have a booth at SHOT, but they will be wandering around — possibly wearing a Parallax.

SHOT Show 2017: Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag

Here's what TAD Gear tells us about the Parallax:

Designed to navigate the urban landscape with ease and discretion, the Parallax Messenger Bag is the perfect accomplice. A new perspective on single-shoulder carry systems, the Parallax is an adaptable and subtle solution to the challenges of everyday carry in the modern metropolis.

Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag two pics


Can be used as a shoulder bag or across the back as a messenger bag. Quickly adaptable for left or right shoulder carry, the ambidextrous shoulder strap adjusts to the user’s preference. Magnetic buckles self-align and mechanically lock. Easily opened and closed with a single hand, the buckles are usable even with thick gloves. Dual webbing straps compress the bottom of the bag. The paneled foam bottom folds when compressed, creating a sleek profile.


Inspired by the intermodal container system, the Helix (HX) attachment system provides a lightweight, modular solution for configuring storage platforms. The main compartment includes multiple Helix attachment points for use with a wide range of organizing accessories, including Transport Cubes, Control Panels, and Transport Sleeves. Inside the main compartment, an internal zippered pocket secures essentials and includes two Helix attachment points for smaller items. An open-top pocket concealed behind the front panel includes an integrated admin panel, keeping everyday carry items organized and available.

Triple Aught Design the Parallax Messenger Bag external drop pocket


The single strap design allows the Parallax to be easily rotated to the front for quick access without removing the bag. Protected from the main compartment's contents and padded for comfort against your back, a zippered pocket on the back panel protects flat equipment such as tablets or laptops up to 15”.


The Parallax utilizes advanced materials to create a lightweight but resilient carry system. Originally developed as a high-performance sailcloth, the shell is a durable, weather-resistant ripstop nylon laminated with a structurally reinforcing scrim. Strategically placed Hypalon and a reinforced, bathtub bottom ensure durability over regular long-term use. Extended, self-folding gussets keep your gear protected from the elements.

Parallax Messenger Bag black

The Parallax Messenger Bag comes in black at $300.

Go to their website to learn more about the Parallax Messenger Bag and where to buy.


This has been a special SHOT Show installment of Industry News. It is not a review nor an endorsement.

What is the NSSF SHOT Show?

The NSSF SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) and Conference is an annual event held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Typically attended by thousands of people from all 50 states and over a hundred countries, it is (quite rightfully) described as the “…world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services.

Imagine the Worlds' Fair, but packed with everything from mini-guns and every breed of body armor, bows and boots; from eye pro and ear pro to optics and ordnance, socks to swords…you get the idea. If you'd like to see a sampling of the companies who will be showing at this year's SHOT, there's a live map right here, though it doesn't reflect the organizations set up elsewhere, in hotel suites, etc

View imagery from our coverage of last year's SHOT Show here; 2015's is right here.

SHOT 2017 Schedule

January 15 — Special invite-only events; Veterans Training Fund/Wishes for Warriors at The Ranch, SIG Sauer Range Day, and others
January 16 — Media on the Range, Boulder City Rifle & Pistol Club
January 17 — 20, 2016

Sands Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Tuesday, January 17 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 18 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 20 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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