Military ILBE Pack

Sawfish

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Has anybody tried the U.S. Marine's ILBE (Improved Load Bearing Equipment) pack? I just bought one specifically because I am a handgun hunter, and this is the most adaptable pack that I have found for that purpose.
 

mnhunter

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Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but they are not well loved by our Marines, and will be replaced at some point soon with Mystery Ranch packs. I am an Army guy, but from talking with some marines it sounds like the design is good (Arc'teryx) execution/quality/materials is poor (Propper). Lots of broken buckles, heavy, etc.
 

Sawfish

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Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but they are not well loved by our Marines, and will be replaced at some point soon with Mystery Ranch packs. I am an Army guy, but from talking with some marines it sounds like the design is good (Arc'teryx) execution/quality/materials is poor (Propper). Lots of broken buckles, heavy, etc.
Thanks for the input. I had heard those criticisms, but most of those I saw were directed at the Gen. 1 version. The Gen 2 packs have larger and heavier constructed buckles. I thought it was a great meat pack. They are heavy, but much of that comes from the internal frame.
 

Apparition

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I use one for hunting/backpacking, it works, could be lighter, but Im cheap and not going to spend 400 plus on a pack. I did a back pack archery hunt in Montana last year, carried all I needed and then some, and it was comfortable, well as comfortable as a pack can be with 75lbs in it.
 

BobT

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Hey Sawfish,
I have one and it's a good sturdy pack as far as I'm concerned. I put 2 boned out pronghorn does in mine and packed them out in one trip, glad I didn't have to pack them too far! I ended up with an Eberliestock X1E too it's a good pack for handgunning as well, won't carry as big a load as the ILBE and not quite as versatile but doesn't weigh as much either.

Bob
 

Sawfish

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Hey Sawfish,
I have one and it's a good sturdy pack as far as I'm concerned. I put 2 boned out pronghorn does in mine and packed them out in one trip, glad I didn't have to pack them too far! I ended up with an Eberliestock X1E too it's a good pack for handgunning as well, won't carry as big a load as the ILBE and not quite as versatile but doesn't weigh as much either.

Bob
I bought a Badlands 2200 on Camofire, which was an okay pack, just not conducive to handgun hunting for me. I think this ILBE is going to be okay. I bought the first one which is a Gen 1 on the last day of a gun show for $40. It was in very good+ condition, but the belt was a non-matching Gen 2, and it did not have a lid. This is going to be the down and dirty meat packer. Bought a brand new Gen 2 with new belt, new lid, etc.; plus an excellent condition assault pack as a combo deal from Blackstar Surplus for $140 on E-Bite. Considerably than one of the current model "designer" packs. I am anxious to put it to use this year.
 

Cobbhunts

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I bought 2 of these and I am really impressed with their load carrying capacities and comfort. I called him instead of buying off the bay. Super nice guy and he shipped them fast. I don't know of you are prior service or not, but if you are you'll appreciate his system even more. I know what these frames can carry, and his modifications make them even better. Couldn't be happier.

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Squirrel tail

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i have a question what is it that you need in a handgun hunting pack since i haven't done any but i do have an intrest in it
... i dont know what pack would make the job easier
 

Musket Man

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Took me a bit to remember. I am using the older version of this pack. Its not the greatest pack in the world but it has worked fine for me over the years.
 

Sawfish

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i have a question what is it that you need in a handgun hunting pack since i haven't done any but i do have an intrest in it
... i dont know what pack would make the job easier
I am speaking of larger scoped handguns like the Savage Striker, Rem. XP-100, and T/C Encore. The issue that I had with the Badlands 2200 was the same as I have had with others, pack was too short and lacked attaching points where I needed them. The IBLE is considerably longer, and has a perfect arrangement for carrying larger handguns on either side, with plenty of attaching points.