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Rothco G.I. CFP-90 Combat Pack / Backpack
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This combat pack from Rothco is a replica of U.S. Military packs that's manufactured to an even higher standard than traditional mil-specs. Designed with a rugged internal frame, zippered sleeping bag access, highly padded kidney pad and lumbar support, huge side pockets, side compression straps, and a top-grab handle. A great pack for a wide variety of missions and gear.
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PROS: It's a comfortable pack - and can carry more than enough gear for a long-term excursion into the wilderness. It is comfortable to wear - significantly more so than an unmodified basic ALICE ruck. The suspension system is adjustable and the padding is more than enough to make long hikes.
CONS: If you do not purchase a "quality" version of this pack, it will fall apart on you within the course of approximately one month if used extensively. The metal grommets tend to pop out of the fabric. The sleeping bag carrier may not be a heavy-duty zipper - which will get damaged and wear out rather quickly. The metal internal frame spars - while very nice and giving the pack shape without extra weight - seem to be secured very precariously by a single flap of nylon and one metal button snap. If the button snap breaks, the metal spars will lance out of the pack - making it the pack almost unwearable and awkward to wear. I wish that this had been designed better.
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I knew I wanted something military issue for camping and hiking, but the internal debate over which one to get kept me researching for a good week or so before choosing a pack. Having used both an "old school" Alice ruck through basic training and then issued a MOLLE II Rucksack, I had a tough time not going with something that I had previous experience with. I took a gamble on the CFP-90 and I'm pretty glad I did.
Apparently the ruck was slated to be the replacement for the ALICE ruck, and was released and issued out in a few test trials, but then was surpassed when the MOLLE II was introduced. As such, the CFP-90 features the ALICE attachment system. Just about everything pouch-wise I have is MOLLE, but by skipping the first two loops, attaching and then tying the pouches off to the straps with cord I was able to jerry-rig my pouches securely. Without the tie-downs, the pouches were prone to popping off, but that's hardly an issue of the pack itself.
Durable. I'm very happy with the overall "build" of the pack. Corner and edge seams are sturdy and reliable, and I don't have to worry about being too rough with it and hurting it's feelings. The straps are comfy enough, the padded back support is nice as well. The shoulder straps are held into a "duckfoot" that adjusts with screws to a sliding slot to either raise the pack's position on your back or lower it. Despite warnings to it's unreliability, I haven't had any issue with it so far. The internal frame is fantastic, and one of the biggest selling points to me, and I'm glad I went with it. Exposed parts are kept to a minimum, and it really feels solid.
The lower section of the main pouch, for holding the four-piece sleep system and compression sack is plenty big enough to fit a fully compressed sack into, and I was even able to fit an extra towel in there. The pack overall isn't exactly the most waterproof thing in the world, then again it wasn't designed to be. It shields water adequately by itself, a little Camp Dry never hurt anything.
My gripe with the ruck is the design of the built-in pouches to the sides. There are two on the left and one long, deep pouch on the right. Firstly, I'm not one-hundred percent sure what the reasoning was behind the long pouch. Filled with stuff, it makes "smart" packing impossible without just using it as a catch-all. Even then, it's difficult to find stuff in it. Maybe it was made for an old issue-style one person tent, or perhaps extra radio equipment, but for my uses and purposes it's an odd pouch that doesn't serve too much practical use.
Secondly, the weird compression / loop and buckle system for closing the pouches seems overly complex and nowhere near secure enough. It's functional, and it works, but it's not for my tastes. Using the same buckles, a little thread and a needle and some time and effort, creating a simple buckle-closing system to replace it was nothing. Still, the initial system is... wonky at best.
That all being said, I'm very happy with the pack and am glad I went this route. A little alteration and adjustment may be needed for some, but overall it's just a great pack that I'm quite pleased with. It'll hold up to abuse, it's easy to pack, adjust, assemble and wear, and once you get it set to your body type and in a comfortable position, it's just a comfortable and reliable piece of equipment.
The attachable day pack is nothing really to write home about. It attaches easily and detaches just as easily, it made with the same craftsmanship as the main ruck itself. It doesn't hold everything I wanted it to as a detachable, sustainable pack, but it fits my son well. So, needless to say, he's got a new pack too. Bonus.
Go for it, you likely won't be disappointing.