USMC Propper Arcytery'x Generation 2 ILBE Main Pack with Assault Pack
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One thing to be aware of is at the top of the assault pack there is a faux leather flap at the rear(toward the carrier's back) for a hydration tube and 2 longer flaps toward the front or out-facing of the pack where I am told one could hang the radio pouch. Watch for wear and actual tears on these flaps. If one wants to it would be no problem to just sew up the longer flaps to increase water resistance and eliminate further tearing if this becomes an issue.
I suggest heavily applying some form of waterproofing as the only downside to the pack from a hiking or BOB standpoint is it's weight. A google search for official specs turned up nothing but I've seen it listed from 7 lbs to upwards of 10. 7.5-8.5 lbs is my guess. For comparison a gallon of water weighs 8.35 lbs. Translation this sucker is heavy. Thus my insistence on waterproofing because a pack soaked in heavy rain is gonna be 11 lbs plus. In addition to precautionary waterproofing I'm going fairly lightweight with my other pack gear to mitigate the extra 3-5 lbs of weight incurred by this pack vs a hiking specific 75L pack. Adding a lightweight waterproof cover that'll fit a 90L pack would be an option. As an example of mitigating weight I'm using a 8'x10' nylon tarp which weighs 13.3 oz. as shelter. Add 6.2 oz. of steaks & cordage for a total weight of 19.5 oz to shelter 2 people.
I went with this bag because it's big enough to do whatever I want. I wanted something fail-proof, reliable, versatile, and economical. It meets all three criteria in spades and will continue to be affordable as the usmc transitions to a new pack. I like mine enough that I'll possibly purchase another ILBE at some point. At the very least I'll be outfitting the female members of the family with assault packs and purchasing additional assault packs to equip as get home bags for each vehicle. The ability to add extra parts via molle is a real bonus limiting one's flexibility to one's imagination.
This Pack is technically 3 different packs, and the bonus radio pouch.
1.) The Main Pack
2.) The Assault Pack
3.) The Lid
Bonus: Radio Pouch
I ordered a Very Good Condition Pack from Black Star Surplus (now my go to online retailer). It was listed at the low price of $95.63. After receiving my package, I have to say I got a really good deal. The pack I received was closer to "like new" with barely noticeable discoloration or wear on the material.
The Main Pack
This pack is humongous at 70 Liters.
The straps are padded beyond belief, and the included hip belt is of the same construction. There are molle webbing and retention straps all around the pack for attaching gear to the outside. Please note though this pack is capable of carrying a tremendous load at 120 lbs max capacity. I urge you to take it easy in packing it as it is easy to go beyond the 25% of body weight recommended by most backpacking experts. I quickly realized the complexity of this pack, with all the different straps and changes you could make. The main compartment can be divided into to compartments with the use of a divider which is situated in the middle of the pack. The belt straps will easily secure it in place. I strongly recommend its use as there are few compartments in this design. There is an external pouch which can house a military hydration pack (not included), or the perfect place to put your poncho for quick access.
Though many would consider this a part of the main pack. The lid or dust cover is a detachable piece and is about the same size as a small messenger bag, and can be used as one. You can watch a youtube video on how to do so. I plan to do something similar by purchasing 2 female buckles and a coyote brown shoulder strap in the near future. Please note that there are 2 versions of this lid, the older one is similar to the Gen 1 which has Molle Straps and retention straps on the bottom while the newer version comes without it (don't ask me why they would ever change such a great feature).
I originally received the wrong lid for my pack and realized it when I noticed that there was an extra belt strap smack in the middle of the pack with nothing to attach to. I watched some youtube videos and found that some lids did have molle on the bottom. I simply got in touch with the seller (Black Star Plus) and they mailed me the correct lid at no extra charge, they even paid for the return of the other lid. Though some people seem to be happy with their newer lids I prefer the older version. It's much more secure and the molle and retention straps will add to the versatility of the lid. The straps will allow me to secure my tarp shelter system composed of a USGI poncho and USGI Casualty Blanket, both Tarp and Mylar version with my homemade tarp set up to the bottom of the lid. This will come in handy in an emergency situation where you had to dump your pack quickly. You can simply use the quick release function on shoulder straps and remove the lid. I intend to store a mini bob on the lid/messenger bag. I suggest you keep your knife in your lid if you intend to use this as a BUG OUT BAG.
The Assault Pack
This is the same size as a Condor Small Assault Pack. I believe that it's around 20 Liters. Like the Condor Pack this pack is Hydration Pack compatible, and I believe will fit a 3 L bladder. This pack only has 2 zipped compartments. There is plenty of molle real estate on the exterior. This pack also appears to be very durable.
This pouch seems out of place at the moment but can be secured to it attachment sites on the upper portion of the back of the pack, and used as a compartment to help organize your pack.
Prior to purchasing this pack, my wife and I had separate BOB's. When prepping one must also take into account the other members of you household and how much they can actually carry. I had to purchase a duffel bag in order to fit a tent and enough clothing for all of us and food and supplies. A 50 L pack or larger would have costed me over $100.00. I also had to make another BOB for my wife which couldn't way more 15 to 20 lbs, and had to include clothes for a family of 3, and the 5 C's of Survivability as she could not carry the bulky Duffel bag. It became rather expensive to keep up with the 2 bobs, as I actually made her a mini bob within my bob for worst case scenarios.
This Pack combo is perfect in an emergency situation (which I hope would never happen) Her pack the assault pack attaches to mine, and if we had to rendezvous somewhere I can carry both packs fairly easily for a few miles while having our 4 year old son in tow. God forbid, if a situation ever arose and I am not home she can simply unbuckle her pack from the main pack and she can carry the 16 pound load easily with our son in tow. Both packs contain the 5 C's of Survivability in some way shape or form and a change of clothes for each member of our family of three.
I loaded out the main pack to a total of 36 lbs and the assault pack at 16 lbs for a total of 52 lbs. I intend to shave off 7 lbs total to get it down to 45 lbs total weight for a more realistic load.
I apologize for the long review. I am simply really pleased with the pack and wanted to share what a great BOB it makes for a family of 3 or 4. I recommend this bag to anyone, looking for a high quality, durable, versatile pack for use for camping, short distance backpacking, and as a bug out bag for emergency situations. At a like new condition you get 2 packs (3 if you count the lid) for under $100, much cheaper than commercial packs.