USMC ILBE by Arc'teryx

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i have not but i did look at them for a long time.....they go used on ebay for about $150.....from what i can tell seems like a well built pack and will stand up to over 100lb load, but they are heavy
 
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They are heavy, that was my first impression. My cousin lives on Camp Lejeune so finding one wasn't a big deal. The thing I didn't like was the lack of attachment points on the belt. I HAVE to have that or I will walk. Otherwise they were darn near perfect for taking a beating.
 

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They are a mixture between and Arcteryx Bora and a Badlands 4500....just heavier by a few pounds.

Not a bad pack, but heavier than sin.
 

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I have one and have used them since the Marine Corps issued them. They are a little heavier than most hunting packs. The material is a little noisy in heavy brush. They are a durable pack and can handle a heavy load as good as any internal framed pack I've worn. I think it carries a heavy load better than eberlestock J series pack. Side pockets and straps are great for attaching a rifle. My biggest complaint was the base weight and noise on limbs or brush. Also I prefer to have a smaller pack after I get to my bivouc. I'm currently using a horn hunter system.
 

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i have not but i did look at them for a long time.....they go used on ebay for about $150.....from what i can tell seems like a well built pack and will stand up to over 100lb load, but they are heavy
Same conclusion during my search this winter and if I could've handled one might have made a purchase considering the price tag. Bought horn hunter for a backup last fall and now waiting for an MMR frame to come.
 

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bought one and sold again shortly thereafter, the weight and belt issue were my main beefs.
 

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What is to heavy to one, isn't to another. It is several pounds heavier than some comparable packs.
 

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There was a substantial thread on this pack over on 24hourcampfire forums. There was several people with opinions.
 

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It may say 8lbs, but it was over 12 on my scale.

The Bora weighs just under 8 and the ILBE has WAY more stuff on it and a heavier material.
 

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I'm in the Corps and am issued one. As far as durability, it can take a beating. Handles 100lb loads pretty well, it just is heavy and has a lot of extra material. But from a Marine's aspect, it is required or these packs would not last long due to the beatings they take. Good durable combat pack, not a good lightweight backpacking pack...in my opinion.
 
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