Special Update – Old Grouch Emailed me about 24 hours after I uploaded the video. You guys must really have liked the review because he just sold out of these bags. Make sure to join his facebook page and/or mailing list and he will be announcing when more come in.
I have been looking for a truly modular, high capacity, rugged, well planned, water resistant and above all comfortable to hump bag for a long time.
It turns out that the Italian military has been building the perfect bag for their troops for many years now and they are now available on the surplus market.
You can find these Rucksacks at http://store.oldgrouch.biz/itmialru.html
These are real Italian military issue packs, used but in great condition. The Italian military drew upon the countries long history of alpine exploration and excellent outdoor industry when they designed and made this pack.
Very light at just 4.5 pounds, the main compartment measures 14″x7″x28″, and the side compartments are 6.5″x4″x15″ each. These have lots of extra straps for lashing gear to the outside which is one of my favorite features, a bonus top compartment on the top flap, sturdy plastic frame, and great padded straps. The assault packs which can be broken off and run independently really increase the adaptabality of these packs both for trail use (think overnight gear and day pack) or as a BOB (think all your stuff and daily or often used gear).