French Army Alpine Backpack
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The French Army Alpine Backpack is a large backpack that was designed for use in the French Army Alpine Brigade. These soldiers operate in the remote Alpine regions of France where the environment and operating altitudes require nothing but the best equipment. With many operating areas being remote and requiring long hikes to reach, these soldiers require their backpacks to be tough and have the ability to carry everything necessary to be effective in the field.
With these backpacks you will be able to appreciate how well the French Army Alpine Brigade is equipped. Virtually all military forces have backpacks of this size, but few if any are as well designed and manufactured as this one. One of the best designed features of this backpack is the padded removable frame, which is one of the best we have ever seen from any military force. This padded frame will spread the weight of a fully loaded back across your entire back, providing an ergonomically designed carry load that results in less fatigue or back muscle stress. Recognizing an opportunity to add additional pockets, the padded waist band includes an external zippered pocket to complete the design.
For any backpack the cargo volume and storage options is essential in considering a new backpack. These French Army Alpine Backpacks have over 70L of storage space and multiple storage options for your gear. The first section to examine is the main cargo compartment, which for this backpack is enormous. Inside this compartment are multiple segmented pockets in addition to the main storage area so you can organize your load to match your own needs. There is a double drawstring style closure to keep water and debris out and your gear in with a large day pack sized top cover that folds over and buckles into place for security. On the outside of the pack there are two mesh style open compartments for storing things like bedrolls, or other large soft goods.
- Fully Padded Back Support
- Adjustable Padded Shoulder Straps
- Drawstring Closure Top with Buckled Lid
- Water Resistant Construction
- Authentic French Army Backpack
- CCE Camouflage - Close to Woodland
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The woodland camoflauge doesn't really match my AO so I spray painted more tans and browns into the pattern until it matches my terrain.
I took the pack on a 7 mile adventure hike that involved carrying heavy ammunition and weapons and the support system of the backpack made carrying that load almost effortless. Actually it is the most comfortable backpack I've ever used, and I've used many, many different military packs in the past.
It took me a minute to figure out how/where the two aluminum support flats inserted to give the pack stiffness, but once I found the slots for them everything was good.
Overall this pack is a tremendous value for the money. The quality is top-notch military. It carries a large load comfortably and I recommend it highly.
This pack its huge! Thanks God I don't bought this back when I was active on SAR ( the bigger pack you have the more you care with you). I used for SAR and on my daily hike a Lowe Alpine TFX Horizon 65 and this French pack took all the load from the other pack and still was left empty almost half from his all full extend capability. I got the pack in excellent condition thanks to the great customer service ( Toomas Goutt and another great miss that unfortunately I don't caught her name. Sorry! )
The pack its water proof on the bottom all the way to the zippers for sure if you don't have any hole/s on the pack. I filed the pack with water and the water was staying in with no problem all the way to the first zipper from the bottom ( the zipper was leaking just at the ends ) . By doing this, was possible to see how true water proof its the bottom of pack and to find any holes ... that are not visible just by a look ( I found just a small hole and will be a quick fix with J.. weld )
Another neat thing that I found at this pack its that you can attach on the pack our old style pouches that had a "wire hanger" on the back. My water canteen from 80's found a nice place to stay on the belt and I saw two attachment points on the side of the pack too.
This pack haves potential and are few things that are left for be discover on the way how was this pack when was brand new and with all the accessories, top lid and some pocket/s inside that most likely are missing ( "zippers male" inside that don't have a "female zipper" ... and other straps ) History its cool and mysterious ! :)
If your looking for a BOB on a low budget and not made in ....., then take a look at this French pack and most likely you will not fell sorry! Don't have all that molle straps like the new ones, but I am sure we all can live with out them and we can bugout. hunting or hike safe and happy with the system that the French came up! Plus, in the end our imagination can bigger then any designers of packs and bags and all this tactical gear...
Stays safe and get your gear ready!
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