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Best Assault Pack

PARA FN FAL

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In a conversation the other day with a soldier the topic of the assault pack came up. He said that he really liked the Molle 2 assault pack and I just don't see anything about them that is all that impressive. What are the packs out there that you guys have experience with that are impressive.
 

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I have a SDS Molle II assault pack in 3 color desert. Its a decent pack. I like it better than Alice. Also have an older Dutch assault pack.That sucker is rugged as hell,but it rides really high on my back. Takes getting used to. I guess its designed to wear while also wearing a load-bearing harness.Lots of various military surplus packs on ebay right now.
 

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I really like the ILBE Assault Pack. I got two when they were around $20. As good as they are, they hang down far enough to interfere with my MOLLE belt, so I got an SKD Grunt pack and, while it significantly smaller, I can put everything I need in it for a day hike or an overnight.
 

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Have over 30 medium to full size packs and likely over 50 from day pack to expedition size total in all price ranges and ultra-lightweight to bomb proof. In the end they are all a sack with straps. Give me any name brand internal frame pack appropriately sized for load at the end of the day or the end of a month works.

Like boots for some reason have always gravitated to Italian made when can but climbing and backpacking rucksack are usually not earth tone colors or molle. The only tactical type pack have purchased in past year was a Tactical Tailor Fight Light*Operator Modular Pack because it's big enough to carry only what need and small enough at ~1,200 square inches. Can use it as a small pack with straps or attach directly to molle on rear of armor/load carrying gear and has enough room for a few days essentials, top and side opening, hydration bladder pocket, routing for wires if carry communications gear, etc.

If were shopping a true large tactical pack would be spending the $500+ on a Tactical Taylor and drag my @$$ to Washington State and have pack plus suspension system fit to my body and gear that would be under it. Having a pack professionally fit by experienced technician is as important as having ski bindings tuned by a specialist. Used to fit a lot of packs to folks along with custom boots and shoes. Many have have multiple suspension systems to fit bag to users torso size.

If have something want made custom or a product want modified their custom shop will hook you up. Have one of their plate carriers that is lightest full coverage carrier with my lightest armor but it's made so light is a limited number of mission piece of equipment. They make some items so light that user will trash after each mission rather than risk It blowing out if use too many times but weight saved is worth the cost if Uncle Sugar is paying the tab. My ultralight kit is put back for day world goes sideways and need to move my old @$$ faster than it likes to move.

It will attach to some of their bigger packs to extend range and capacity of them but have several camouflage pack covers can use on my top line mountaineering packs if we're to go on a walkabout so buying a big pack is almost senseless for me personally now. Most of my climbing career carried whatever pack my gear sponsor supplied which sometimes meant got an entire product line from new sponsor sometimes before last group was even broken in and dirty yet. Started with Wilderness Experience (bankrupted, resurrected, bankrupted several times) and in their day would have paid full retail had not been sponsored. Camp 7 was another pack company that sold mostly large specialty packs to military for long unsupported missions with some unique features like being able to put a person in them and carry while keeping hands free to fight if in a strategic withdrawl with wounded.

My all time favorite pack for sheer comfort with size range from tiny to 100+ pound equipment load capable were Ferrino Packs. If live in avalanche country they have breathing option with mouthpiece on shoulder strap that allows you to breathe for an extended time if buried in avalanche while wait for rescue by venting carbon dioxide out rear of pack and some have an "air bag" system that inflates when pull strap as avalanche begins which helps keep you on top of the pile. Others offer similar but Ferrino was first I ever saw these features. Have full range of Ferrino packs from two generations and when stick camouflage covers on them work for my needs.
 

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In my experience MOLLE 2 and 3rd gen patrol/assault packs are pretty damn tough and can carry a decent amount of crap while remaining tolerably comfortable. Hell they're used in airborne jumps nowdays and even come with jump straps. Avoid earlier IIFS patrol packs with their tiny, thin little shoulder straps unless you're not carrying much weight at all. Also avoid the very first molle patrol packs that came out ( just say molle on labels, not molle 2 and have a 97 contract date), they have thinner shoulder straps IIRC, don't have the back stiffener and aren't as well stitched as MOLLE 2 and onwards.
Of course nothing beats the ALICE medium if you want to use that for a ' assault pack'. That system of equipment (ALICE) is tough as hell and probably the most durable webbing ever fielded in the US Army.
 

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An assault pack is somewhere between a day pack and whats called a "day and a half" pack. Enough spare ammo, food, dry socks (unless wearing performance socks) to last a day patrol gone bad that leaves you out overnight till someone can help extract you or escape and evade.
 

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An assault pack is somewhere between a day pack and whats called a "day and a half" pack. Enough spare ammo, food, dry socks (unless wearing performance socks) to last a day patrol gone bad that leaves you out overnight till someone can help extract you or escape and evade.
Yeah that's more what I had in mind, ALICE ruck ain't that uncomfortable if you keep it under 30-35 pounds. 80 pounds different story though, you're right,
it IS DARN UNCOMFORTABLE, as I'm sure many others will attest as well.
Just saying that if you want to carry stuff along the lines of what you said above, medium ALICE would work fine.
@ Hueyville What assault pack do you prefer?
 

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London Bridge Trading makes good stuff, I have their LBT-1547A backpack as my BOB. When hunting, I use either a Kifaru Spike Camp for the short overnight trips or an Arcteryx Bora 65 for extended stays.
 

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I was sponsored first by Wilderness Experience then Ferrino out of Italy for almost a decade followed by Mystery Ranch. I pick the best internal frame climbing/mountaineering pack for the task and put one of many camoflauge covers on it from Rhodie to modern Multicam but mostly woodland. I have over fifty assorted packs piled in basement but honestly most times am wearing a small to mid size Ferrino and if need a big pack it's a Mystery Ranch.
 

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SO Tech makes a Repro-improved version of an ARVN rucksack that I take on my overnight hikes. Smaller than a medium ALICE. The straps leave a little to be desired however.
 

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SO Tech makes a Repro-improved version of an ARVN rucksack that I take on my overnight hikes. Smaller than a medium ALICE. The straps leave a little to be desired however.
Wow, thanks! I've been looking for one just like that. I have an original cotton, but came across that one or one just like it (about half the price but the x frame wasn't included) a few years ago and haven't been able to find it again!
 

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Wow, thanks! I've been looking for one just like that. I have an original cotton, but came across that one or one just like it (about half the price but the x frame wasn't included) a few years ago and haven't been able to find it again!
Get on the waitlist for notification and get ready to act fast. They make limited runs and they sell out within minutes. In addition to the OD they also had a run in tiger stripe fabric so if that’s up your ally watch for that.
 

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I like my Mystery Ranch Pintler pack. It’s basically an “assault” pack. It holds enough stuff for an overnight or two and has an expandable load shelf for carrying elk quarters, ammo cans or any other large heavy object if you wanted to..


They do make actual “assault” packs as well.

 

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I like the T.H.E. packs these folks make.
Well enough space for a 3 day patrol, maybe longer depending on your AO.
This one is more of a full day pack--> https://specops.us/pack-edc-mc.html
I use a lot of SpecOps gear since they are made in Texas, customer service is great, and if you have access to clothing sales on a military installation you can get things much cheaper. Build quality is fantastic and has a lifetime warranty. However, if you're somewhere where you really need it, the lifetime warranty doesn't really mean much.
I think Rowjimmy pointed that out in another thread.
Anyway, just my two discs of copper washed zinc's worth of advice.

Edited to add: London Bridge, Tactical Tailor, and Kifaru all make excellent products but they are a little pricey.
I used to use a lot of Eagle products before they went nuts. Still use what I have but won't be buying from them again.
 
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I use a big, red checkered bandanna knotted through a stick over my shoulder.
I have the tactical model for when the shit gits realz as well.
The tactical version uses a tan military drive on rag and a piece of black pvc pipe to replace the wooden stick featured in the civilian model.
I like the look of the wood, but let’s face it, wood is far less durable for field use.
 
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