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rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great, huge pack with plenty of large pockets to organize and fit more supplies in. It is pretty water resistant but I wouldn't guarantee anything there. The MOLLE straps on the outside are good for hanging stuff from with bungie cord or clips. Extra pouches can also be added to the outside :) I would recommend this to anyone who would like to go for a longer trip, not just a day hike. These packs are for sale, made brand new in the curragh army shop. Full review


rated 3.5 of 5 stars A little heavy, but very versatile and affordable. I just bought the Arc'teryx ILBE pack with the Assault pack included for $99 + shipping. I was originally just looking for a rigid day pack for fishing, and the ILBE Assault pack caught my eye because it has the internal frame and pals webbing for attachments if ever needed. Everywhere I looked the Assault pack and similar packs were $40 +/-; then I found the combo deal that gave me a top notch hiking pack for an additional $60. I couldn't pass… Full review

Modular Sleep System MSS

rated 4 of 5 stars Great value, flexible, a little heavy, but extremely durable. This system is exceedingly durable and very flexible. A huge bonus for this system is that depending on the conditions you can get by with either bag or both to cut down on weight. The bivy can almost be a tent in itself in a pinch. It is a little heavy and their are better performing lighter weight options available, but for the price this system is a very safe purchase that will perform reliably for years. Full review

Tippmann U.S. Army Brigade 4-Person Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Great product for the most part. Not so great when there is rain with wind. Excellent workmanship with a minor flaw in design. This is a great BASIC tent for the casual car camper. As with all 4 person tents, this one will fit 2-3 adults comfortably. It will also be good for a family of 4 with 2 YOUNG kids if you are car camping and most of your luggage will be in the car. The tent is well made for the price point. The fly and the floors are seam sealed and they stay sealed. However one problem… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars If anyone wants one of these, they are available on eBay and Amazon as ILBE packs. The Marine Corps is discontinuing this pack and it is their version of the Bora 80 having been designed by Arc'teryx. I bought one these off Amazon for $55 and the supplier was Allegheny Surplus. It was in fantastic condition. I bought two Molle canteen pouches and attached them one to each side. They are small but will hold various small items. I also bought a Molle containment pouch that I attached to the back… Full review

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