Military Surplus Patrol Pack First Impressions

Overall, I found the patrol pack to be a well rounded and perfect addition to my backpack collection.

Call me old fashioned, if I like something, then I hang onto it.  For the longest time ,one of my go-to packs for day hikes and even warm weather overnight trips was a Jansport black book bag.   That pack was retired when I migrated to a Maxpedition.

Patrol Pack

For several years my go-to pack was a Maxpedition Condor II.  The Condor II is a great pack that is perfect for day long excursions.

As with everything else, after using the Condor II for several years, I decided it was time to try something new.  So where did I go to find a new pack?  I went to Ebay and looked through various military surplus packs.

After shopping and doing my research for a couple of weeks, I found a military surplus patrol pack for $29.95 + $9.19 shipping.

The first additions to the patrol pack were two MOLLE canteen pouches, one on each side.  Even though a canteen cup is rather heavy when compared to civilian market gear, a canteen cup was added to the canteen pouch on the right hand side.  This makes sure I always have something to cook in.

Even though the patrol pack is wonderful, there are some drawbacks.

Patrol Pack Shoulder Straps

The main issue is the straps are not fully replaceable. The top of the shoulder strap is attached to a metal ring. The bottom of the shoulder strap is sewn into the pack.  Why aren’t the straps fully replaceable?

Then, the way the traps are designed, there is no way to attach a pouch to them.  Why weren’t the straps designed so a compass pouch could be attached to them?

Even though the bottom of the straps are sewn into place, on the bottom of the pack is some webbing.  If need be, maybe the straps of the patrol pack could be attached to the webbing?

External Pouch

The patrol pack has an external pouch on the back that is just the right size for TOPO maps, compass, GPS, water filter and rain poncho.  Right now I have a civilian rain poncho in there with plenty of room to spare.

This pouch has a draw string closure and two buckle snaps.  I wish the pouch had a zipper closure, like on the assault and medium MOLLE.  Oh well, can not have everything.

Final Thoughts

For a day hike, warm weather lightweight camping trip, or just a trip into the woods, the patrol pack is wonderful.

So far I have taken it on several short hikes, and like it.

If you want to pick up a patrol pack, look though Ebay, but be careful of the prices and naming.  Sometimes people will call the assault pack a patrol pack, or a patrol pack an assault pack. with shipping, I paid $39.14 for the patrol pack, and I think that is a fair price.