420D Woodland pack

Made a panel loading pack bag and shoulder straps for the Coleman frames out of Taiwan sourced 420D Nylon woodland camo fabric. It has about 1900 cubic inches from what I can remember, and has nearly minimal MOLLE webbing.

With gear loaded in it. The outdoor shots have USGI MOLLE II suspension while the inside shot has the shoulder straps I made

Side, MOLLE II suspension and bottom views

Views of the custom straps I made, using old USGI MOLLE II QD buckles, metal tribars. Single layer camo fabric, with spacer mesh bottom layer and closed cell foam inside the two layers. Not totally happy with how the straps and padding came out.

Details of the frame attachments for the straps using metal tribar buckles.

Fun with sustainment pouches! Coyote packs

I recently acquired 3x USMC Coyote Brown sustainment Pouches for real good prices before they ran out of them; and proceeded to set up my coyote self-made backpacks with them;

Here they are, all 3 on the 2,000CI MOLLE Mini FILBE with FILBE suspension and frame; it resembles a modernized ALICE pack with much larger pouches

 

And with two pouches, mounted high like the standard MOLLE rucksacks, on the same pack; with the horizontal compress straps running over them

 

Then on the 1700CI Low profile MOLLE ALICE pack without frame, only could fit two pouches, and the set up looks much like a modernized ARVN rucksack; the lid straps runs behind the pouches, due to the space afforded by the Sustainment Pouches’ MOLLE mounting system.

Taking a short break from custom orders.

Taking a break from doing custom orders for gear; because my wife just had our first child. So the next two weeks to a month or so will be hectic, busy, and just plain unproductive regarding custom gear orders. I may still make some gear in the meantime but it will be for myself.

1700 cubic inch low profile ALICE pack

Made this in Coyote Brown 500D Flame Retardant Cordura.

Approximately 22 inches by 13 inches by 6 inches.

Minimal MOLLE on it

Drawcord top closure

Simple slick top flap

Fits 4 different frames; can be used frameless.

Don’t quite know the weight of the packbag itself.

Frameless, with ALICE straps

Shown on the ALICE frame

Medium MOLLE/DEI 1609 frame with attachment details

On FILBE/DEI 1606 MC frame with FILBE Suspension

Shown on 26″ish Outdoors Products Ram-Flex/Small Coleman Peak 1 frame

With 2x Tactical Tailor Large Utility Pouches and 1x Woodland Sustainment Pouch, and expedient rigged horizontal lash strap to retain side pockets

FILBE frame and suspension with ALICE Large pack

Decided to see how this frame, straps and belt looks with a standard Large ALICE pack bag. It is a large improvement over the stock metal frame and LC1 straps. Set up is identical to FILBE set up. Undo the top buckles of the shoulder stabilizer straps, slip ALICE bag over frame and yoke, then connect buckles. Strap the lower corners to convenient slots on frame. Viola! Color may not be ideal, but with coyote colored commercial ALICE packs out there, should be ok. 20200404_181455

Simple shot showing frame side

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Top view

Sideways views.

A lighter Hellcat, or the Wildcat pack system

This is how one can utilize the MOLLE Medium/DEI 1609 U shaped pack frame with a Medium ALICE pack with no sewing needed.

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The complete pack system

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You loop the LC-2 Upper connector strap into one of the slots on the vertical horn of the frame on each side;

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Then you insert the tail end back into the frame pocket

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Pull the tail end to secure the frame into the frame pocket

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And insert the tail end into the strap metal loop on the rucksack

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Now it is going around the shoulder pad’s webbing, as is standard

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Finish the upper setup with the friction buckle as shown. This method ensures the pack frame does not slip out of the frame pocket, and stabilizes the pack to the shoulder straps as well, by pulling up the frame towards the top, and with the metal loops, pulling the pack towards the user’s neck

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This is how mine looks when complete. You can opt to pull the strap over the neck padding if desired, however I believe doing it this way may irritate your neck due to the webbing.

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The lower frame to pack connections; loop the strap through one of the horizontal slots on each side, and fasten as standard. The lower shoulder strap is looped through the vertical slot on each side of the frame.

Mini -FILBE pack in 500D Cordura

Sewed up a Mini-FILBE (Family of Improved Load Bearing Equipment) Pack in 500D Cordura, Coyote Brown, Flame Resistant coated; using USGI webbing and hardware. The pack is a simple packbag, just one large compartment, no lid pocket, and covered in MOLLE and ALICE webbing.

Specs

19x12x9″, approximately 2,052 cubic inches

7 rows of MOLLE on main bag body

2 rows of ALICE on main bag body

3 rows of MOLLE on lid and bottom

Drawcord closure with flat black grommets and OD stripped paracord

Duraflex buckles from National Molding in Coyote Brown

ITW-Nexus Coyote Brown 1″ D rings; 1.5″ black D rings

ITW Nexus LadderLoc buckles

Black Oxide Tri-bar tabs for frame attachment and compression strap attachments

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Main pack in slick mode

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side of pack showing compression strap

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frame and suspension side

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Showing how side compression strap attaches to frame side horn via black tri-bar buckle

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bottom of pack showing MOLLE for additional lash points or pouches

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with frame and suspension removed. Pack can be used frameless via the 4 D-rings, using ALICE shoulder straps or similar straps available from Fireforce USA and Tactical Tailor

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Upper corner frame attachment point with black tri-bar buckle

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Detail of where the black tri-bar attaches on the frame upper corners behind the shoulder yoke assembly

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Lower frame attachment strap with D ring for frameless carriage

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Detail of how the upper 1.5″ D-rings interface with the load stabilizer buckles on the shoulder yoke assembly. I might add more webbing to stabilize the D-rings in those location to prevent twisting.

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Showing the interior. It is one layer of 500D fabric where the white side is the Flame Resistant coating, and double layer on the back/frame panel. Also you can see how I attached the paracord to the corners for drawcord closure.

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Detail shot of drawcord closure with OD paracord, 0.5″ hole diameter grommets, and USMC surplus duraflex chest rig webbing mount buckles for side compression straps

 

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Shot of pack with 2x USMC IFAK pouches, 2x SDS canteen pouches attached

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Side view of pouches on the pack, showing how close the webbing and fabrics are in colors.

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Comparison shot of Mini-FILBE next to Propper made USMC FILBE pack; yes the USMC pack is HUGE compared to the Mini-FILBE.

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Two shots of FILBE, Large ALICE, and Mini-FILBE packs; the Mini FILBE with pouches seems quite similar in size to Large ALICE, but is shorter in height.

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USMC FILBE next to Large ALICE rucksack. The FILBE is again, much larger than the Large ALICE rucksack.

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Stuffed the FILBE bag as much as I could to better show the size differences

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another view of size differences

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Also stuffed the Large ALICE ruck, again to show differences.

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Side profile shots of the three bags

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Lid size comparison; in these photos, none have frame and suspensions on, to better show the relative sizes.

I do not have an example of a Medium ALICE rucksack to compare against the Mini-FILBE; but I have a hunch it is just a teeny bit smaller.

 

 

Green and Black “Judy” Mountain rucksack loadout

So I decided to see what I could reasonably pack into the green and black rucksack that is a copy of the WW2/1950s+ US Army Mountain Rucksack; for a relatively cold weather.. The only information on it is a white embroidered tag saying “Professionally fabricated by Judy”. So it is now called a Judy rucksack by me, although I have never seen another one.

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Basic loaded up, missing a folding fire stove that would go into the 6×9 center pocket along with fire start kit.

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view of the back panel and painted frame

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The contents of the outside pockets, the blue 3/8″ Closed cell foam pad, and the cook pot carrier. Left to right;

My pyramid A-Tacs shelter with cordage and stakes from A-Tacs shelter tent, cook pot set, army canteen

The lid flap with a zippered pocket, the zipper is a YKK metal zipper. Contents of the lid pocket, missing are antibacterial wipes, 1/2 a toilet paper roll, granola bars and other snacks, likely would be carried on my person

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The contents of the main pocket which is a similar size to the USGI Large ALICE ruck. The stuffsacks and the Catoma Improved Bug Net System pop up bug tent are on top of a 1990s USGI Extreme Cold Weather Parka. Camo stuff sack has my 1970s Hirsch-Weiss (White Stag) goose down mummy sleeping bag, Stansports stuff sack has my BDU pants, and the Double Black Diamond stuff sack has the rest of my clothing.

I might acquire a stuff sack that is in between the two small sizes and the large sleeping bag size to consolidate my clothing.

Left, my 2 BDU pants out of the Stansports stuff sack. On the right, the rest of my clothing, poly-wool blend long johns, polyester underwear, normal socks, cotton t shirt, polyester long sleeve base layer shirt, wool socks.

 

It is not a complete load-out yet, I am thinking I want to make a few add-on pockets; one for the army tent poles coming in the mail, and a pair of either minimalist water bottle carriers/canteen carriers (elastic and straps like the cook pot carrier), or regular ol’ fabric carriers… I might add a couple D rings to the bottom of the main lid straps so I can securely lash the sleep pad on the bottom instead of the top. Water bottle carriers would be strapped to the frame horns on the rucksack frame, so that the heavy weight is closer to my back, and it would free up one of the pockets for carriage of other things. First aid kit is always on my person. The entire thing is not ultralight, or even lightweight, the USGI Large ALICE rucksack is far lighter with the aluminum frame and 420D pack cloth fabric.