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Gear History – The Becker Patrol Pack

In this video, knife designer Ethan Becker describes another piece of kit he came up with, the Backer Patrol Pack.

Back in the day, the Becker Patrol Pack was the pack to have for short duration missions. Designed originally to be compatible with ALICE Slide Fasteners, it features strips of webbing to attach pouches. Additionally, there are six fixed external pouches closed via 1″ SR buckles.


The design also incorporates Coolmax padding in the back and shoulders for comfort in hot weather. You’ve got to remember, folks weren’t wearing armor all of the time. The shoulder straps also feature suede patches to offer purchase when shouldering a weapon. Like the ALICE pack, the top flap incorporates an internal pocket for maps or other items. Finally, the waist belt is removable and can be worn as a stand alone war belt.


Eventually, Eagle Industries would introduce a Large version of the BPP (above) with increased volume up around the Large ALICE as well as a MOLLE variant (below) that replaces the outer, fixed pockets and ALICE webbing with PALS.


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16 Responses to “Gear History – The Becker Patrol Pack”

  1. Chucker says:

    Cool, that was very informative. Thanks for posting that. Still got mine. Older OD version than E. Becker demo’d in the video. Mine has the velcro map pocket, black plastic hardware, and a barrel lock cinch cord for the storm collar instead of the roll top.

  2. D says:

    Very cool.

  3. Bill says:

    It’s a shame what happened to a great company like Eagle Indusries.

  4. entrygear says:

    I too had one of these before the MOLLE pakcs came along. In case anyone is interested in owning a piece of this history. We have large Becker Patrol Packs in woodland camo still available.

  5. Henrik says:

    They should remanufacture the Beckers pack in 500D or lighter. I’d love to get one of those.

  6. zig zag says:

    Great pack, unfortunately i had a knock off that was pretty poor quality but i love the design of this pack.

  7. zach says:

    Anyone used the flecktarn Sturm version of these heavily. I’ve owned it for years and only used it 10 or so times since the waistbelt hits me at belly button as a tall person. Looks much better quality than any other Sturm pack I’ve seen or owned. Has coolmax, the suede shoulder areas, and even provisions for being jumpable at least in theory. Any opinions would be appreciated

  8. ArtackPAK says:

    AttackPAK would be interested in building a current version of the revered Becker Patrol Pack. Share your thoughts of what you like and what you would change for the next generation. We will display the new design at our booth for SHOT Show Range day 1/19/15.

    • Dave says:

      Brit army has similar daysacks, but with two side compression straps and vertical zips for the attachment of “rocket” pouches. (Berghaus do a version called ‘MMPS Pockets’). These rocket pouches can be zipped together and shoulder straps added for a smaller pack.