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Question to anyone who has handled one of these backpacks..

Offline Anthony

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As far as I can tell, there are three parts to these US issue backpacks...the pack itself, the frame, and the straps.  My question is:  Can the bag be used with just the straps attached, and leave the frame out altogether?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Alice-Field-Pack-w-Straps-Frame-US-Army-Rucksack-GOOD-M_W0QQitemZ190131248309QQihZ009QQcategoryZ36110QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I might go on that camping trip I mentioned in another thread...I'd need a cheap, well made pack ;D
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Re: Question to anyone who has handled one of these backpacks..
Reply #1 on: July 15, 2007, 12:55:13 AM
In the description for that item it says "The medium pack is used to carry the existence load with or without a frame." So I would think that you could use it without the frame.

If you took all the intestines out of your body and stretched them end to end... you would die.


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Re: Question to anyone who has handled one of these backpacks..
Reply #2 on: July 23, 2007, 04:08:38 AM
ALICE was used in the Vietnam War by the Americans. It was a favorite, and the opinions on switching to the MOLLE are mixed. I personally like MOLLE better, it allows soldiers to customize their gear to suit them better.
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Re: Question to anyone who has handled one of these backpacks..
Reply #3 on: July 23, 2007, 04:32:34 AM
I ended up getting a large ALICE pack, and from the looks of it, it's pretty customizable...lots of attachment points for diffrent pouches/sheaths/etc.

I cord wrapped the frame with about 50 feet of paracord, and all in all it seems to fit me well...much better than what I read in some reviews.  I should REALLY stuff it full to about 100 lbs then see if I think any diffrently :ahhh
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Re: Question to anyone who has handled one of these backpacks..
Reply #4 on: July 23, 2007, 06:13:12 PM
Being a grad of Marine Force Recon I can say I have had more miles with Ol  ALICE than I care to remember. It is customisable, and It will be bullett proof, that said your sides will take a beating. My advice is bring some old mattress pad you can cut up to pad the waist belt.
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