The US Marine Corps came up with its own load bearing equipment known as FILBE (Family of Improved Load Bearing Equipment). FILBE packs are designed to be fully compatible within its own family tree and integrate with current USMC armour carriers. But don't let that fool you into thinking these are rigid or uncomfortable - they're very comfortable worn alone. With 35 litres of carrying capacity these packs are a perfect size for day trip hiking, study or everyday carry.
The pack is straight forward with one main compartment and a large front pouch. Inside the main compartment is a internal mesh pocket with zip closure and a hydration pouch sleeve. The hydration sleeve has a adjustable strap for retention and you can feed the hose through two holes that flank the packs carry handle (covered by hook & loop tabs). The front pouch is a good size to fit a decent jumper or MREs in and also has a internal mesh pocket to store any valuables. Each of these main compartments benefits from dual zippers with large glove friendly pull loops. The shoulder straps aren't too bulky yet still have a suitable amount of padding to provide good comfort. To aid active movement/heavy loads are an adjustable chest and waist straps each with a quick release buckle. Last but not least, the pack is covered in MOLLE tabs so you can attach any PALS system pouches to add to its functionality.
These packs have been through all kinds of hell with the Marine Corps but are still fully functional - a true testament to their quality build. Whether you need a pack to go through its paces for your next hunting, hiking or airsoft trip, these are as tough as they come!
- 35 litre capacity
- 1x Main compartment with hydro pack sleeve & internal mesh pocket
- 1x Front pouch with an internal mesh pocket
- Two hidden sleeve compartments in the back
- Two-way zippers with glove friendly pull loops
- Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
- Chest adjustable retention clip
- Hook & loop opening vents for hydro packs
- Adjustable waist belt with quick release buckle
- Heavy duty carry handle on the top
- Side compression straps
- Various MOLLE attachment points
Main compartment: 50cm H x 38cm W x 14cm L
Front Pouch: 30cm H x 30cm W x 10cm L
Volume: 35 Litres
Weight: Approx 1.3kg
Condition: Used/Fair - Item is very well used. Marks/stains/mold/scratches and/or repairs but still usable with some life left in them. If you want more information on our condition ratings, check out our condition guide
The bad : As far as these FILBE packs go, the one i got is very poor condition.
Like all Mil surplus, there will be variances in condition, but mine has a lot (more than i can count) of small holes and some larger ones up to 3 cm in length. Mine has a worn hole in the back that exposes the white plastic stiffener. Speaking of the stiffener, the pack came folded in half which left a big crease in that but should still be ok.
Mine also has broken fastex clips on the chest strap and the metal clips on the harness are badly rusted.
Its a great size pack, well though out storage. The zips work really well, it's comfortable to wear and it looks great.
I'd buy another one but probably one i could look at first.
The first one I bought was the very last one in the CHCH store form the previous batch, it was in fairness the last on for a reason it was well used, but still had a lot of life in it so it’s being used currently every weekday, I really wanted another because the first is set up with MOLLE pouches that I need filled for the days I use. So when these came back in I ordered one online and this one is in excellent condition, only one of the may Velcro strap adjustment wraps missing, this one has had no repairs, I am very very happy wit.h this bag that will be used for completely different things and I won’t be taking things out and messing around using just one bag for specific things, this second bag will really help me out and they are super comfortable to wear with a load.