Re: Military Packs for Hunting?
I used to be part of an outdoor racing team and I trained with an ALICE pack for years. They are bloody tough. The team had members who were former military and taller than I am. I will say the pack is not made for taller people. For me it was fine, I am of average height. Not as comfortable as other packs but good for training. For the actual race I used the CFP 90. I also used the CFP 90 for hunting. It was pretty good. I understand that the CFP got a bad rep in the military as unreliable and prone to breakage, but for me I had 20 years of excellent service from it. FCI Inc. produced a good portion of them and they were all recalled for lack of using mil-spec material. Almost all FCI made CFP 90 packs failed. I wonder if that lead to the bad rep of the pack. I now have the Multicam Molle on a GEN IV frame and you know, it's a good pack. I've had 70+ lbs. in it and when packed correctly it is a very comfortable pack. My wife and her friend both carried a 60 lb. to try it out and were surprized how comfortable it was. They didn't carry the load far as it is
50% of their body weight, but they did manage the load well. I could buy 5 of these packs, maybe 6, for the price of one Mystery ranch or Kifaru (and at least 4 for the price of one Eberlestock G4 or Terminator). We'll see this fall how it handles moose quarters. I think it will be fine.
ol' Ephriam's Bait