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That's why it's so cheap!
on September 25, 2009
I had one of these not too long ago and after putting the pack through some daily routines, I could now rate the pack as I see it.
First off, do not let the name fool you, it is NOT mil-spec by any means, nor do I know what kind of 3-day assault in what army it was suited for- any G.I. would laugh at this product for its filmsiness. If I was grunt, I wouldn't be carrying this pack about and if I was a Treadhead and hanging this pack off the side of my track, this pack would have came apart and fell off a long time ago!
Though the initial impression is that the pack was well-made, do not be fooled. The material the pack was made of might appeared to be heavy-weigh- it is nothing more than rubber coated vinyl or some such- definitely not rip-stop ballistic nylon of the more expensive packs. And though the material might be water resistent to a cetrain extend, the seams were not sealed and the threads used for while the construction might appeared of heavy gauge, they were actually not strong at all. As another reviewer had noted, the stitchings came apart readily.
And though the pack itself is big and roomy, do not, for a second, think you could pack it full to the seam! Even if you are prepare to hump the weight around, the pack would not hold! The large and sturdy-looking two-way zipper of the main compartment simply came undone and apparently not the self-repairing kind.
So, now I have a pretty much useless large pack with a BIG flap that could not close because of the busted zipper!!! Now, if there were some compression straps going over the zippered flap to begin with, things might have been very different.
I do have to say that, at least, the padded shoulder straps held up relatively well but for now, they are also very useless.
I am prior service and I have humped my share of army-issued packs about... and guess what, even my beat up old ALICE pack is still working as it should and I could count on it when I go camping and I would advise protential shoppers to pass this on by. Spend the extra bucks and get something from Maxpedition or some such... for packs that would last as long as you need them.