8 lbs 12 oz.
36 x 14 x 11.5 in
This is an improvement over my old internal frame…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $430
- Huge military pack
- Expands to hold 6000 cu in
- Internal rain cover
- Needs to be adjusted
It comes with a large tethered rain cover in a compartment in the bottom. The rain cover won't get lost in the winds from the approaching storm. If you have tried to attach a rain cover and had the wind parachute the cover and see the cover soar away you know what I'm talking about. I also sprayed the pack with weatherproofing so it keeps dry in light snow.
Big Bag — I use a hockey goalie duffle bag to transport this bag on airlines.
The suspension on this backpack is comfortable. Well designed hip belt. The frame handles lots of weight. It places weight on your hips. The padded shoulder harness is adjustable for torso length. It is fits on your shoulders after adjusting. The Eberlestock website has a video showing how make all of the adjustments to the pack. The internal two aluminum stays can removed, then bent to fit your spine.
The bag has many features. The separable top is divided into two compartments. Your small stuff goes there. You can use this top as a day pack. I don't. I use a small second pack attached with the MOLLE straps for this instead. The two large pockets are convenient. The sleeping bag compartment (separated by a barrier with that can be undone to create one very large bag) has a very wide mouth for large sleeping bags and a YKK zipper. It fits an MSS. Do this by stuffing your sleeping bag into the sleeping bag compartment without the stuff sack. A typical compressed winter sleeping bag inside its compression bag just won't fit through the opening.
There are external load compression straps. There's an internal compression strap too. There is also a heavy zippered opening on the back of the pack, in addition to the expandable top load opening. You get over 6000 cu. in. by expanding the top.
It has two bottle pockets that fit an upside down insulated one liter Nalgene bottle within reach while walking, with a grommet in the bottom for drainage. Fabrics, double stitching, and hardware are all heavy duty. The MOLLE straps allow you to add lots of gear by strapping on stuff by using 1 inch webbing.
I bought a 100 foot roll of webbing and bags of clips and buckles and made my own web straps. I have more than enough straps to attach almost anything. Shovel, skis, second pack, 6 foot sled, ax, snowshoes, field kitchen, huge tarp, ropes, second tent, in short, with 2 people equipped with this battleship pack you can haul a base camp. In fact, that's being done in Afghanistan. The bag can be fitted with optional weapons carriers and military options.
The bag comes in different earthy colors: olive green, camo, brown, etc. no bright colors. Weight 8 lbs 4 oz, Capacity 5490 - 6200 cu inches
- upper and lower main chambers with front-door opening panels
- large expandable sleeve in the top-loading section expands to 6000 cu in
- equipment tie downs
- molle panels
- large mesh side bags
- multiple external compression straps
- Includes a fitted rain cover that pulls out of a bottom pocket.