Well, the Craigslist ad was brief and to the point – some used Marine ILBE packs with lids for sale.
I wound up purchasing five of them from a college student who is here from California. She was driving a nice four-wheel drive rig. I asked her if she kept any of the packs for herself. She said yes, she kept one in the back of her rig with sleeping bag, entrenching tool and other necessities. She also owns a pistol and her own AR. I think I stumbled across an LMI.
Packs are nice but like many surplus ILBE packs, the waistbelt was missing. Thats where eBay comes in. Picked up a few extras and started putting packs together. These seem like decent packs. I rather like the new MOLLE II packs but these things look like they’ll carry much more weight. I have an old CFP-90 around here, but times change and gear stands still for no man.
My wife, who is normally, by necessity, very tolerant of my preparedness activities does tend to roll her eyes when I return to the house with yet more backpacks. I mean, there’s just the two of us so why five ILBE? Well, one is none and all that jazz. In actuality, I’ll probably keep one for her, one for me, and one as a spare. The others I’ll probably sell off.
Finding a comprehensive manual for these things is difficult but Im slowly acquiring the answers to my questions about what strap goes where on these things. I need to load t his thing up with some weight, put it on and start making adjustments. The time to do that sort of thing is NOT when you’ve just decided its time to grab your gear and go go go.