USMC Propper Arcytery'x Generation 2 ILBE Main Pack
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- Carry 70 Liters/ 120 lbs
- Internal Metal Frame with External Foam Padding
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The main pack (rucksack) features an internal aluminum frame covered by a removable frame sheet and both back and lumbar foam pads. Features an elastic rimmed, open top side pocket and 3 adjustable side compression straps and an open flap with external MOLLE webbing on each side. The front features 8 rows of webbing and straps to connect the assault pack. The front flap can self stores straps and features a snap closure. The interior has a fold and store flap to separate gear horizontally. The shoulder straps are padded and fully adjustable. The padded, 3D molded hip belt (men's medium) is adjustable and expands approximately 32-42". The lid is fully detachable, features 3 rows of PALS webbing and a zippered storage compartment.
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The quality of the materials and workmanship is better than excellent, if such is possible. The bag itself is huge, with one enormous internal bay that can be subdivided once and a top bag that is also huge. I really love the zippers on each side of the bag. They ease access to the lower portion of the bag, which means you don't have to unpack and repack nearly as often as with other bags. The belt and shoulder straps are wider than many other backpacks, which makes for a more comfortable load bearing experience. The heavy-duty handles on each side of the bag are an excellent feature and allow for much easier carrying and slinging of the bag.
The two huge pockets at the bottom of each side easily hold a 1-quart military canteen. They can carry a 2-quart canteen too but the fit may be quite tight. The opening at the top of the bag has an excellent cinch to close it and also has a clip strap to fasten it shut more securely. The straps are long enough to strap a load on the lower back portion and on top underneath the top bag. I'm not going to test out the 120 pound claim but I'm already into the low 50 pounds range and everything is still stowed internally with room to spare. Mine also came with a hydration pack on the back, which is really nice because it lets me use my existing Camelbak 100 ounce bag. The location allows me to easily swap or refill my hydration pouch. One small downside is that it allows the pouch to be exposed to the sun, which might make the water warm. If necessary, a shade can be rigged, I suspect. I also suspect I can easily attach my portable solar panel to the top of the bag so I can recharge while hiking but that's another project.
The best part of this bag has to be how well it hugs my back. With four adjustment points on the shoulder straps and one each at the waist and chest it's very easy to adjust the way the bag rides. I like my bag to hug me tightly so it doesn't move about unexpectedly and this rigs up perfectly in my opinion.
In the photos you can see how the hydration bag is slightly exposed, but probably not an issue. The black handles for the side zipper can be seen just above the bottom pouch. I've stowed a green rain jacket between the top bag and the top of the main bag. The canteens poking out of the big pockets at the bottom of each side are 1-quart US military canteens with room to spare. The small MOLLE pouches carry a compass and a pressure bandage. Since these shots were taken, I've added a soft MOLLE pouch containing a folding shovel onto the lower back straps - it fits great and can be used as a kickstand.
I will just deal with it since it took so long to get here. And I've already fixed everything. Not happy! Did not look like the picture at all, except it was MarPat.
The closest commercial pack is the Arc'teryx Bora AR 63 for $550, and AR still is not as tough, expandable or comfy. The AR 63 is a couple pounds lighter, but for me it was insignificant. You simply can't go wrong with this ILBE.
Built like a Mac Truck, and can probably carry one, or at least the truck's engine. This may be the most versatile pack I have ever owned, I have owned over a dozen since 1969. The volume on this is amazing, and it can be almost doubled by attaching an assault pack and various pouches. At the same time it can be cinched down for use as an overnight or 3 day bag. It is big enough that you can fluff-stuff a down bag into the main compartment to let it air out while hiking.
I have heard some folks complain that the pack itself is too heavy. Really? It weighs perhaps 1-2lbs more than a similarly sized pack without the durability and flexibiity that this one has. If that extra pound is going to substantially ruin your wilderness experience you should probably hit the gym or take up a different activity, like watching TV.
Used - Good
Ships same day if ordered by 3 pm Central time used good complete with Lid, Hip belt, Lid, Shoulder straps, and radio pouch. All buckles and zippers fully functional no rips or tears.
Although the pack came without any rips or tears, there were some small holes caused by what appears to be abrasion on the front of the pack. Reading the description of "Used - Good" I didn't really expect holes, but only free from rips or tears was listed, so ...
I purchased this pack (USMC Digital MARPAT Camo ILBE Gen II Main Pack) for the waterproof qualities touted through out the Internet, but due to the holes, the pack I received does not meet the standards provided by an unused unit which costs considerably more.
If you are looking for top-of-the line waterproof protection, bite-the-bullet and buy a new pack.
Other than the small holes I am satisfied with my purchase but will need to make adjustments when using in the wet!
It did NOT come with an assault pack or hydration bladder.
I ordered the 80 something dollar package ("very good condition") which it totally was. Definitely used, but in excellent condition. I will still give this product 5 stars because it's so awesome. I'm a former marine and have been using a large Alice pack. This is such an improvement in comfort and load balancing over the old school Alice. The pictures do show the assault pack and the bladder, but the description text doesn't mention it.
So buyer beware... u may or may not get the assault pack and bladder with your order... But for under 100 bucks, can you really complain?