Archive for the ‘Packs’ Category

The New Mystery Ranch Catalog Is Coming!

Thursday, May 17th, 2018


The new MYSTERY RANCH Military catalog is coming out later today (May 17th, see it here first on Soldier Systems) and nearly every pack in their line has been updated. They’ve replaced the standard bolsters with smaller, lighter weight ones that make contact in key areas to keep the packs stable over body armor. Additionally, all packs will receive the new tan, water-repellant, IR compliant zippers – like the SOCOM-issue SPEAR packs. The medical packs will go to IR-compliant, tan coil zippers. You can see the whole line in the new catalog or better yet, stop by the MYSTERY RANCH booth at SOFIC in the SOF Select suite to see the upgrades in person and chat with the MR team.

High Angle Solutions – Snigeldesign 90L Backpack System

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Snigeldesign started out by making rucksacks for forestry workers in the woods of Sweden.  Rough terrain and hard work required the most reliable and functional of solutions which naturally attracted the military user.  Since those humble beginnings Snigeldesign has expanded to bring its innovative and functional approach to a large range of load carriage and protective products.

The 90 Litre Backpack is designed for the needs of forward elements and light role forces out in advance of the main body of troops.  It offers a huge range of options and flexible ways to carry all the mission essential equipment.  The back system provides an ultra-comfortable way to carry large loads for long patrols enabling the user to get where they need to be without compromise and fit to fight.

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.

MATBOCK Monday || Grave Robber

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Over the past few weeks, we have seen multiple new pouches from MATBOCK under the Grave Robber name to include the Vent Pouch, IV Pouch, Drug Roll, and Multi-Function Pouch.  The only piece missing was the below Grave Robber Bag.

The new pack from MATBOCK was designed in collaboration with expeditionary military physicians to meet operational requirements.  The pack holds all the pouches on the internal velcro backing and make it easy to access all compartments when hung from an airframe or wall for advanced operational medical treatment before the hospital.

The Grave Robber bag itself can be mounted to multiple frame systems to easy transport, has completed successful trials in the wind tunnel and freefall jump operations, and can also be mounted in MATBOCK’s medium size MR DRY system for water drops, OTB or underwater operations.

The bag folds open like a suitcase to display the entire contents and also features two hanging straps at the top for attachment to the airframe or wall.  The head pouch is designed to be carried independently if needed and hold the operator’s gear separate from the medical gear in the pack.

The kit comes with the Grave Robber Bag, 4 x Multi-Functional pouches, 1 x Drug Roll, 1 x Vent Pouch, 2 x IV Pouches and can be purchased with or without a Mystery Ranch NICE Frame.

More information can be found at  The first chance to see the entire system will be at SOMSA in Charlotte this May and SOFIC the week after.

US Army MOLLE 4000 – Your New Airborne Ruck

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

When the 82nd called in a request, Natick delivered. The response: the latest iteration of the Army’s airborne rucksack, the Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) 4000. Formatted to address the needs of the 82nd Airborne Division, the mid-sized rucksack has been designed, tested, and is now slated for limited distribution. Fabricated with both sewn-on and removable pouches, the MOLLE 4000 should be versatile enough for Army-wide utilization of the system.

Operations Sergeant, Human Resources Development Division (HRDD), Staff Sgt. Anthony Sandoval, demonstrates the redesigned Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) 4000. Developed by Load Carriage Systems, Product Manager, Solider Clothing and Individual Equipment at Natick, Soldier Systems Center, the mid-size ruck has a larger top flap and more spacious leg storage pockets than previous versions of MOLLE. Additionally, the MOLLE 4000 has an internal radio/equipment pocket and a lengthened back pad for increased comfort. (Photo Credit: Mr. David Kamm (RDECOM))

“The beauty is, we designed a rucksack specifically for the airborne community, however, non-airborne units can use this rucksack just as effectively by just not being issued the airborne harness components, ” said Rich Landry, Individual Equipment Designer with Load Carriage Systems, Product Manager, Solider Clothing and Individual Equipment.

A former Pathfinder with the 82nd, Landry understands the needs of the Airborne community. Through communication with the 82nd, and other Army units, Landry obtained the feedback necessary to improve the rucksack, a critical tool for deployed Soldiers. This final design borrows elements from the old ALICE pack, and earlier versions of MOLLE. After listening to critiques of previous equipment, Landry determined adjusting weight distribution was key.

“One of the critical design issues is, you must distribute the weight onto the hips, the ideal load carrying surface on the body. The original ALICE pack only distributed the weight onto the shoulders and lower back — which was a real problem. Then we started talking about the science of load carriage. And that’s what MOLLE is all about. Getting the weight off the shoulders and onto the hips — a modular approach to the design of the rucksack.”

Members of the 82nd had even more specific requests. “One of the requirements that the 82nd had was that the harness that attaches the rucksack to the parachutist be sewn directly to the pack — because they didn’t want to lose any of the parts of it. This was the one requirement we didn’t agree with. We decided it would be better and more practical if the harness that supports the pack to the parachutists harness is removable but can be set up in a configuration that is seamless in how it attaches, and therefore, doesn’t require a long rigging process. Normally rigging a rucksack up to this type of harness can be a 5 min or longer process, depending on the Soldier. With this, it’s about a 1 min. process. But, it’s still completely removable when need be,” said Landry.

With a durable, yet light-weight frame, sewn-in pouches for organization of equipment, a pouch for airborne components (harness and lowering line), and MOLLE-webbing for attaching additional pouches, Landry believes the versatile MOLLE 4000 is both balanced and adaptable.

The MOLLE 4000 will begin fielding later this year. Around 6,000 packs are expected to be distributed to members of the 82nd Airborne Division. A large contingent of the conventional deployed force is also expected to receive a full-scale fielding of the rucksack in the near future.

By K. Houston Waters, US Army

Warrior West 18 – Wild Things White Out Pack Cover

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

This is Wild Things’ White Out Pack Cover.

Made from 70D nylon, it incorporates a flapped access zipper down the center and loops and elastic at the rear to secure it to the pack.

Available 3,000, 5,000 and 7,000 cu in sizes in MultiCam Alpine.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Limited Edition Woodland Multipurpose Pack

Friday, March 30th, 2018

FirstSpear is giving SSD readers first crack at a limited overrun of woodland multipurpose packs. I added a side note for folks interested in the website giveaway.


Originally designed as a medical bag for a United States SOF element the Multi-Purpose Pack is now available in genuine M81 Woodland thanks to a short overrun. The Multi-Purpose Pack offers a narrow profile with 5 External pockets including a large hydration compartment. Low profile padded shoulder straps and external compression straps.

100% first quality goods with FirstSpear standard lifetime guarantee on materials and craftsmanship. Made in the USA.

*Website contest winners for Strandhogg, Wind Cheater, and Multi-Purpose Pack will be announced around noon CST on the FS instagram page

MATBOCK Monday || Jump Assault Pack

Monday, March 19th, 2018


A variant of the 1 day assault pack, the jump assault pack is specifically reinforced and designed for jump operations. All strapping is either continuous or connected in the backing of the pack to include the two connection loops meant for attachment to the parachute itself via release lines. Additionally, the system had a 1 pull release system for a primary weapon system. The weapon is mounted and jumped in the horizontal position and then can be released with one pull to give the jumper instant access to the primary weapon if necessary. The belly band of the parachute mounts across the top third of the pack, just above the primary weapon to keep it secure during the jump. The entire front flap of the containment system is released by this mechanism. For easy stowage, the flap can be snapped back into place instead of reweaving the pull handle. The pack also allows integration with the S&S Precision jump board across the back via webbing and Velcro.


MSRP for the pack is $600 and it is available immediately.

BivyPack on Kickstarter

Friday, March 9th, 2018

BivyPack is billed on Kickstarter as the backpack that transforms into a bivy tent. On the upside, you’ve got both shelter and load carriage in one package. The opposite is that you’re always carting your shelter around.

The 40 liter pack section is manufactured from hex grid ripstop nylon. It is a flapped too loader with front packet as well as two side pockets and includes a carbon fiber frame along with shoulder, waist and chest straps.

The poles are integrated into the head section. Now, here’s another issue to consider. While the body is a laminate, the head section is noseeum mesh. In inclement weather this could be a real issue. Their solution is to place your coat over the head area when you need the extra protection. That’s one way to keep weight down, I guess. It’s only about one pound all told which isn’t bad.

While it’s innovative, a few design choices make it only applicable for a narrow set of circumstances.