USMC ILBE Rucksack, surplus

USMC ILBE Rucksack, surplus

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The USMC ILBE (Improved Load Bearing Equipment) is a successful iteration based on the MOLLE system. If you're looking for a comfortable, durable and convertible rucksack of the very highest quality, look no further.

If it's so good, how come this modern gem is on the surplus market? Well, soldiers wear body armour which kind of got in the way: they replaced the ILBE with FILBE, which works better for them. The civilian-friendlier ILBE is the better choice for most of us. Win-win!

Modern ergonomics

The ILBE was designed by Arc'teryx with little regard to costs, it was made to meet standards instead of a price. Manufactured by Propper since 2004, it's as good as rucksacks come. A stiff and padded hip belt and length-of-back adjustments allow a wide range of people to carry this rucksack with ease.

As anatomic models often have, the ILBE features two flat aluminum spines and polymer plates to help spread the load evenly. A sternum strap runs between shoulder straps for stability.

Modular design

The pack has MOLLE/PALS webbing all over for attaching specialized pouches, compression straps help to attach long objects to the pack and also downsize it for smaller loads, and a removable lid which you can replace with a Särmä TST DP-10 for example. (You'll need two female and male QASM buckles and two G-hooks and two short lengths of 25 mm [1"] webbing for that.)

You can achieve almost anything with G-hooks, webbing and buckles, just get the American type buckles to ensure compatibility. As the old saying goes: "Where there's webbing, there's a way."

Tech specs

  • Main pack volume: 75 litres
  • Material: 725 Denier Cordura
  • Weight: 3.7 kg (8 lbs 4 oz)
  • Overall dimensions: 81 x 45 x 25 cm (32" x 18" x 10")
  • Carrying capacity: 54 kg (120 lbs)

USMC surplus

Made in the US to the highest standards there are. Forget the demoralizing "lowest bidder"-bickering, this is the good stuff! Used, but serviceable condition.

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