Many of the MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) packs used by the Marines were made by Specialty Defense Systems at three U.S. plantsanother maker had a smaller contract. Who makes them is less important than who designed them, and in this case the MOLLE was designed by the Natick Soldier Systems Center, where lots of military gear is designed, with help from a Philadelphia outfit called Defense Supply Center. MOLLE packs are designed around what military people require, which is basically lots of places for lots of stuff. Its strong suit is organization, but it can also carry big loadsduring tests, troops said it was OK with 120 pounds! But youre talking about very fit 20 year olds, too.
Not sure you need the body armor bit, but MOLLE packs are suitable for everyday use and are widely available on the Internet (try Amazon.com). Cost is usually around $75.
Keep in mind the MOLLE pack isnt designed with civilians in mind. Theres no sleeping back compartment, for instance. But it does have a good suspension systemprobably better-engineered than a lot of climbing packsand the price is right!
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