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Does anyone know anything about them or point me in the right direction? I am looking to downsize the pack I use for dayhikes. I currently use a MOLLE main compartment on an aluminum pack frame. Works great. I am just looking for something a little lighter. I have been thinking of a way to combine a bare bones hydration pack. The kind that has only the hydration bladder in them. And a belt or fanny pack type set up. Then I found this LBE system. Looks like it might work for me. Any advice?

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what size pack are you looking for? I currently own a Camelbak Mule and Camelbak Motherlode.

the Motherlode is little over 2000 Cubic Inches, has nice padding with well ventilation for you back, well padded waist belt.

the Mule is smaller with little more then two pockets added to a hydration bladder. I have used this several times going out to do one day training exercises. will hold a stripped down MRE and the Army issue Goretex cold weather jacket.

Other than the military packs Camelbak makes, they also sell several models on the civilian market.
 

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All I want to carry on my back is my water. Everything else, first aid kit, small survival kit, cliff bars, peanutbutter and crackers, para cord etc, will all be contained in small pouches on the belt. That is the idea anyway.

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I use a mix of M1956 and ALICE gear. I like the H style LBE over the ALICE Y. I sometimes use a 1968 nylon H style with snap hooks on back of LBE to hang buttpack or poncho carrier. They made a buttpack adapter to use on earlier LBEs without the snap hooks. Some stores have them but they don’t know what they’re for. Look almost like a sleeping bag carrier.
I am looking into the LBV like SGA wears.

My normal load:

H style LBE, nylon web belt, two M1956 universal ammo pouches, 45 flap holster, two nylon canteen covers, one WWII metal 1 qt canteen, one plastic 1 qt canteen, one WWII canteen cup, one VN canteen cup, two canteen cup stoves, buttpack (sometimes M1961, LC2, or mil-spec), a British PLCE pouch for FAK/PSK stuff and some kind of knife/bayonet. Since I don’t have a 32” waist like I had when I was 18, I can carry more gear on my belt.

Here are some useful sites on LBE:

http://www.olive-drab.com/od_soldiers_gear_m1956_webgear.php

http://www.olive-drab.com/od_soldiers_gear_vietnam_webgear.php

http://www.combatreform.com/combatlight.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Load_Carrying_Equipment

http://www.practicalairsoft.co.uk/plce-assembly.asp

http://www.vietnamgear.com/kit.aspx?kit=142
 
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