• Durable 720 denier Cordura construction
• Adjustable shoulder straps and waist belt
• Approximately 4500 Cubic inch capacity
• Dimensions: 24" X 18" X 7.5"
• Carries up to 120 pounds
As part of the never-ending quest of the US Military to improve things, and combined with the Marine Corps' need to do everything better, it was decided to improve on the MOLLE system. In 2004, the USMC rolled out the new ILBE (Improved Load Bearing Equipment) packs. These large packs are better at distributing weight, and can hold up to 120 pounds in the 4500 cubic inches of space. The first generation of the pack was in woodland marpat with black padding and features, while the second generation is also Marpat, but with tan padding and features.
The large ILBE Rucksack is assembled from a main pack, shoulder straps and kidney pad mounted on a frame, with a detachable lid with an internal pocket. The main pack is one large pocket, with a roll-out cover to separate into 2 compartments if needed or desired. Exterior zippers running the height of the bag enable access to whatever you need without emptying your entire pack. the top of the pack is covered with a corded dust lid, and clips closed on its own. On the outside, the pack is covered with MOLLE webbing, which allows attaching any and all MOLLE pouches and packs to your bag, instead of taking up space inside, or carrying separately.
The key elements that are the secret to the comfort and weight distribution of this pack are the internal frame, and the two spars going up the back. The metal spars come molded for your back, but can be custom bent if needed. The shoulder straps and kidney pad are extra wide, and comfortably padded, spreading the weight, and minimizing pressure points. Compression straps on the outside of the pack ensure that your gear doesn't shift much even while you're moving. All straps can be adjusted to a wide variety of sizes, allowing for all body types to use the rucksack comfortably.
- NSN: 8465-01-515-8620
- Gen II (Tan padding and hardware)
- Removable dust lid with 16" X 12" internal pocket
- Buckles to attach patrol pack (sold separately)
- ITW Nexus GhillieTex Infrared-Reduction Polymer buckles