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Old 05-20-2012, 10:43 AM
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This is the Marine Corps fifth pack since 1999 when we were first issued the crappy MOLLE I.

But, it looks gorgeous. The only issue I can see with it is the assault pack straps and backing. It looks like it could afford to be a little more substantial.

I'd like to get some reviews or opinions from Marines who are being issued this and using it. Is it worth purchasing?

Any civilians or non-Marines who've bought this opinions are welcome also.



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Old 05-20-2012, 11:08 AM
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It's hard to tell from the pics but it must be larger than it looks. I wouldn't mid getting my hands on one and giving it a good look over.
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Wow that thing does look great!

Here is my problem, in the USMC, the brass wants everyone to look alike,,everything in the same spot for everyone, so why issue these packs where you can put what you want where you want?

This is the same as when we got out new molle vests,, you could mount anything, anywhere, but the brass said this HAS to go here,, and this WILL go here. OK so just issue me something thats not adjustable.

This went the same for uniforms. When they were thinking of going to the Marpat new cammies, a questionnaire went out to Marines for their input.

Well most said, if you don't want anything in the pockets to show a buldge, don't give it any pockets. If you don't want a knife clip or pen that has the posibility of showing in the pockets, eliminate the pockets.

In any event, thats now how things turned out, and I hope regulations have eased a bit since I was in....

sorry for the rant!

That pack looks like a whole system, 3 day pack, sustainment pouches, ect...
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In my quick research on this pack - I'm finding it for sale, from none of the regular pack resellers, but from ebay and a couple Canadian online shops, for over $800.

When a fully packed STOMP II is $350,
When a very equitable pack system is available (minus the hydro pack) for $70,
I think $800 is insane for this pack.

Personally I think the high prices are due to it being the "New Hotness".
I'd save your monies for somethign more worthwhile. `less you have some to burn. And then, you can jsut send that to me I'll keep it safe.

You may want to look into the Rifleman Pack. I think it's bigger than this $800 monster rig, but it doesn't look to have all the tacticool clippy spots to hang stuff. *shrug*

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=166841

You can get em on the cheap from this site, but he only accepts PayPal. Which for me, is a turn off. I have had problems closing accounts when needed with PayPal.
http://tonystactical.com/index.php?m...products_id=64

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Wow that thing does look great!

Here is my problem, in the USMC, the brass wants everyone to look alike,,everything in the same spot for everyone, so why issue these packs where you can put what you want where you want?

This is the same as when we got out new molle vests,, you could mount anything, anywhere, but the brass said this HAS to go here,, and this WILL go here. OK so just issue me something thats not adjustable.

This went the same for uniforms. When they were thinking of going to the Marpat new cammies, a questionnaire went out to Marines for their input.

Well most said, if you don't want anything in the pockets to show a buldge, don't give it any pockets. If you don't want a knife clip or pen that has the posibility of showing in the pockets, eliminate the pockets.

In any event, thats now how things turned out, and I hope regulations have eased a bit since I was in....

sorry for the rant!

That pack looks like a whole system, 3 day pack, sustainment pouches, ect...
Our Bn was the first to get the molle equipment. At that time they allowed us some leeway with how we set things up. For instance, one of my Cpl's zip-tied some of his pouches parallel to the deck.

But, yeah, I get what you mean. I think the set up is based on the desire of the Platoon comander rather than higher up. The modularity allows you to tailor per the platoon's mission or desires.

All is different when I was in the reserves though. There, it was no holds barred do what you want. Everyone went out and spent $100's or $1000's on gear that all looked different. I used to cringe at some of the set ups and especially at guys that had civillian models of camelbacks (neon blue and gray) or black tacticool stuff.

I was so used to the regular Marine Corps, that I went back to the ALICE (reserves didn't have MOLLE yet) and left it at that. My gear was still packed the way it was in 1/4.

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In my quick research on this pack - I'm finding it for sale, from none of the regular pack resellers, but from ebay and a couple Canadian online shops, for over $800.

When a fully packed STOMP II is $350,
When a very equitable pack system is available (minus the hydro pack) for $70,
I think $800 is insane for this pack.

Personally I think the high prices are due to it being the "New Hotness".
I'd save your monies for somethign more worthwhile. `less you have some to burn. And then, you can jsut send that to me I'll keep it safe.

You may want to look into the Rifleman Pack. I think it's bigger than this $800 monster rig, but it doesn't look to have all the tacticool clippy spots to hang stuff. *shrug*

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=166841

You can get em on the cheap from this site, but he only accepts PayPal. Which for me, is a turn off. I have had problems closing accounts when needed with PayPal.
http://tonystactical.com/index.php?m...products_id=64
I agree, the price will drop over the next few months quite a bit.

Just a few months ago the Multi-Cam MOLLE II's were between $200-$300. Now they're down to about $150-$200 at the most.

I did find this place selling them for $750.

http://www.empiretacticalgear.com/us...e-pack-system/
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Sort of a dead thread, but I noticed some new threads popping up about military-type packs.

I've got one of these FILBE packs, and it is great. It's adjustable for those of us with a longer torso, the volume is HUGE, and it can be compressed down when empty so gear isn't bouncing around inside. The pouches are supposed to all go in certain places, and different units have different thoughts on that. Instead of using all the pouches on the outside of the pack, I hook my CamelBak to one side, second hydration pouch on the other side, one "sustainment pouch" on the front for quick food access and my E-tool carrier next to that on the front. I use the pouches not placed on the outside as organizers inside the pack- you can hold 10 cans of coke in the hydration pouch...

It has more of a waist belt instead of hip belt. Still fits super comfy, but allows access to belt-mounted goodies much easier than with the older ILBE. The assault pack has a pouch on it that's meant to be attached above the front pocket. The assault pack is also designed to be clipped on top of the lid of the main pack, and can be cinched down for carrying it, and can be quickly un-attached if needed.
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Hi,
Just to respond to the paypal comment above. I do take paypal. However, they process the credit cards and other electronic payments. One does not have to have a paypal account. I take money orders as well.
I stock the Molle II rifleman, Hellcat packs, and the new ILBE packs, as well as others.
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My son and I both have one complete system each...Absolutely amazing. You can mix and match it just about any way you want to. I have mine set up with primary sustainability gear in the Bergen. Day to day camping gear in the Patrol Pack and primary absolutes in a FLC for a total weight of 77lbs. it packs close to the frame so it carries close to my back and is easy to motivate in. Worth whatever you have to pay for it. And for all the SHTF folks…ultra light rigs are not gonna survive a bug-out. If the SHTF does occur –you won’t be ‘on your own’ for just a couple days and your gear should reflect that; Deal with the system’s 12lbs and have something that will keep you healthy for more than a week of abuse.
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My son and I both have one complete system each...Absolutely amazing. You can mix and match it just about any way you want to. I have mine set up with primary sustainability gear in the Bergen. Day to day camping gear in the Patrol Pack and primary absolutes in a FLC for a total weight of 77lbs. it packs close to the frame so it carries close to my back and is easy to motivate in. Worth whatever you have to pay for it. And for all the SHTF folks…ultra light rigs are not gonna survive a bug-out. If the SHTF does occur –you won’t be ‘on your own’ for just a couple days and your gear should reflect that; Deal with the system’s 12lbs and have something that will keep you healthy for more than a week of abuse.
Where can we get one?
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It looks like an improved Molle 2, I just picked up a ILBE 2 last weekend for $75 at a gun show in great shape. It felt soo much better that the Molle 2. What did the USMC do differently than Molle 2 ??
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