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Military Backpack

Updated on November 4, 2013

Best Military Backpack

Great Military Backpacks

Military Backpack. So why would you want a Military Backpack? If you look into their history you will notice an evolution of some sorts. These packs have been designed, tested and re-designed throughout the years to suit any military combat condition. With each war these backpacks have changed to benefit the soldiers on the ground.

They have become lighter, stronger, more compact yet able to carry a lot of equipment and clothing inside whilst at the same time keeping everything dry. The pack is designed to be worn by soldiers who are on their feet for hours and need to be able to move fast and comfortably during combat.

The military backpack is an advanced and very important piece of equipment and is a pretty amazing achievement to balance carrying capacity with functional mobility.

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So, to answer the question above, all you have to do is look at their history and understand that many years of research has gone into making these backpacks the most versatile on the market.

The great thing is you don’t have to be a soldier to own one. There are military backpacks available for every type of occasion. Whether you are camping, hunting, trekking, cycling, playing Paintball or Airsoft games, climbing, traveling there will be a pack that will suit your needs.

It can be difficult to figure out exactly which kind of military bag you are looking for to store all of your equipment in. You need to make sure it fits in with your chosen recreation and that it is the right size, shape, and has all of the right accessories that your particular needs require.

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Types Of Military Backpack

For you to pick a military backpack it may be a good idea to go through the various types first. The list below offers just a few of the popular types available for anyone to buy. I will go into more detail with the more all round military bags.


  • Tactical Packs

  • Hydration Packs

  • Medical Packs

  • Hunting Packs

  • Alice Packs

  • Molle Packs

  • ILBE System Packs

Alice Military Backpack

This bag was pretty much the start of the backpack evolution from standard and uncomfortable to totally versatile. It was used heavily during the Vietnam war and was adapted many times throughout those years.

Nowadays these packs are used by many outdoors enthusiasts such as campers, trekkers, climbers, etc. They have even become popular with the Paintball and Airsoft playing crowd who want to add some authenticity to their games.

Molle Military Backpack

This was designed to replace the Alice bag that had been around for many years.  Molle is an acronym for MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment and was a new development during the Desert Storm conflict. It has a totally different look to the Alice bag with its pockets placed around the pack in a more slime line fashion.

Different pouches and equipment can be stored on and in the pack.  As standard these military backpacks  also incorporate a vest used to carry personal equipment.  This is a great bag for the trekker or the camper who needs the room but also the comfort for long treks.

ILBE Military Backpack

The Improved Load Bearing Equipment military backpack system has been designed and used for the US Marine Corps. It replaced the last two popular military backpack systems the Alice and the Molle. It is one of the newest military packs improving on any of the imperfections the last two packs may have had.

The ILBE military backpack has three different main features being the main pack, a hydration system and an assault pack. The main pack has an area to where you can hook knives or survival items. The hydration system can hold up to 100 ounces of water perfect for those long treks in the hot sun. The assault pack was created to carry all of the ammunition but of course to the civilian can be adapted to carry whatever else is needed. All in all probably the most comfortable and versatile of all the military backpacks.

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      me 7 years ago

      i have both a large alice and molle pack and love them both! i use the molle on a regular basis for high school and airsoft games. and the alice pack kinda sits in the closet, mostly because its so big i don't have any uses for something that large... but i usually will take the alice for multi. day camping trips.