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The Austrian Army Backpack is a large sized rucksack that is similar to the US Army ALICE pack. Designed to serve as a main pack for troops in the Austrian Army, this pack brings with it a variety of features and tons of storage space. In addition to these features and storage space it is constructed from Nylon with a water resistant coating applied to all surfaces.
|Material||Water Resistant Nylon|
Title says it all. For $15 you get a nice heavy duty bag with a lot of room. Little confusing at first on how all the straps go but watching a YouTube video makes it easy. There was a little wear on it being surplus but that just gives it character anyway. I need to get the web belt now to secure the backpack a little bit better.
The padded shoulder harness is supposed to go on your shoulders, not dangling around your belly (the way it's pictured here). This pack is part of a 4-piece system, which includes the butt pack (also available here at Keepshooting.com) and an Austrian web belt. The harness connects to the web belt and the backpack connects to the harness.
The whole ensemble is very similar to the ALICE system, especially in terms of how things attach. The Austrian system makes extensive use of metal hooks (which I call "meat hooks.") and eyelets. There are eight pairs of meat hooks on the harness. The two at the bottom of the rear of the harness attach to eyelets in your Austrian Web Belt. Alternately, you could use an ALICE belt.
The second set of hooks are located on top of the harness, where it crests your shoulders. These hooks attach to the two eyelets at the top of the Austrian backpack. This allows the backpack to use the same shoulder harness that you have on as part of your LBE. While this is rather ingenious, it has the distinct disadvantage of making it impossible to shed your ruck quickly. I will be modifying this system for a follow-up.
The bottom two sets of hooks on the front of the harness hook into the eyelets at the bottom of your rucksack, and the second set allows you to hang a butt pack from (as seen in the SwissLink video). However, I find that arrangement to be quite uncomfortable, as the front bag keeps flopping about while I'm walking.
The entire system goes well together, giving the user a web belt to attach magazine pouches to, a butt pack and a rucksack. The downfall of the system is that it isn't really modular. If worn all together, time must be taken to remove the rucksack. If you make contact with the enemy, you're not going to have time to stop, take off your entire system, and unhook the rucksack before reacting. Also, the suspender yoke/harness only attaches to your belt at two points in the back, making it less than ideal for having much gear on your belt.