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Three Day Assault pack

Genuine U.S. military surplus MOLLE gear straight from Ebay.  Some of the items may show signs of wear, blemishes, wear marks… etc.  However, these are a proven design that have passed the test of time.

On a personal note, and MOLLE Patrol and 3 Day Assault Pack have become some of my favorite go-to packs for hiking and lightweight camping packs.   MOLLE webbing ensures you can attach just about anything your heart desires to the backpack in a wide range of configurations.

Check out these MOLLE pack deals from Ebay.

Grenade Pouch Uses

Grenade pouch with Garming Etrex GPS and map compass.

What can a grenade pouch be used for?  Decades ago grenade pouches use to be attached to ALICE M16 magazine pouches, but not anymore.  Now, grenade pouches come in an assortment of colors and can be attached anywhere you have MOLLE webbing.  This means a MOLLE grenade pouch can be attached anywhere from the shoulder straps of a military surplus three day assault pack to a load bearing harness.  As nice as they are, what can grenade pouches be used for?

When the question of grenade pouches first came up I ordered a couple of them off Ebay.   At first glance they look like the old style ALICE compass pouch, just with MOLLE webbing and shaped a little different.  The grenade pouch is also a little wider than the old ALICE compass pouch.  This means whatever fit nicely in the compass pouch was going to fit loose in the grenade pouch.  Most people these days see ALICE gear as an outdated relic, and for the most part it is.  However, there are some old school diehards who still use ALICE packs, so the comparison between the compass pouch and grenade pouch were included in this article.

What will and will not fit in a grenade pouch?

Military Surplus Three Day Assault Pack

Three Day Assault pack

The Three Day Assault pack is a military surplus backpack that was designed for excursions lasting more than one day. It has a capacity of around of 1,850 cubic inches, which is enough room for the essentials.

The Three Day Assault pack has three compartments, large main compartment and an outer compartment. The outer compartment has a small storage pouch inside, and outside of it.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the United States military phased out the ALICE pack in favor of the MOLLE.

Three Day Assault Pack

The Three Day Assault pack is one of four backpacks in use by the United States Army:

  • Patrol Pack – Suited for day hikes, or lightweight overnight camping trips. No frame.
  • Three Day Assault pack – Large enough for a couple of days in warm weather camping. No frame.
  • Medium MOLLE – Slightly larger than the three day pack and has a frame.
  • Large MOLLE – Largest of the four packs. Suited for excursions lasting several days and has a frame.

Military Surplus Patrol Pack First Impressions

Military Surplus Patrol Pack

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.

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.

Internal Versus External Frame Backpacks

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Internal frame VS external frame backpacks, ask a group of backpackers which one they prefer and your sure to get a variety of answers.

This article is based on my personal opinion, established through years of hiking, backpacking and camping.

There are pros and cons to every argument – some of it depends on what you like, and what your going to be doing with it. Personally, I do not think there is a “right” or “wrong” answer here. All I can do is tell you why I pick my packs and go from there.

Cool weather – Having the pack right up against your body helps retain some of your body heat in cold weather. Depending on how cold it is where your hiking at, this may or may not be a big deal.

Hot weather – Here in east Texas summer temps can get stay in the 90s, day and night. In July and August day time temps can easily reach the lower 100s. The external frame allows your body heat to escape from around your back. Just having that little bit of air space can help out a lot.

Description of the Large ALICE Pack

Large ALICE backpack

The All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (also know as “ALICE Pack”), was first introduced by United States Army in 1974. The ALICE pack was intended as a replacement to the aging M-1956 Load-Carrying Equipment [LCE] and M-1967 Modernized Load-Carrying Equipment.

The ALICE pack has become popular with the players of airsoft and paintball. The popularity of the ALICE pack is due to the quality of the materials it is made out of, its easy to customize, and the packs area easy to find in most military surplus stores.

With the introduction of MOLLE packs on the market, there has been a shift from the ALICE pack to the MOLLE pack. Personally, I think the alice packs are more durable then the MOLLE packs. The ALICE pack frames are aluminum and will not break like the MOLLE pack.

The military service people that I have talked to prefer the ALICE packs over the MOLLE pack, mainly due to the plastic frame of the MOLLE breaking.

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