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The U.S. Army is set to field the final version of its MOLLE 4000 rucksack later this year.

MOLLE 4000

Developed by U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center at the behest of the 82nd Airborne Division, the MOLLE 4000 features a durable, lightweight frame; sewn-in pouches for equipment organization; a pouch for airborne equipment like a harness and lowering line; and MOLLE webbing for attaching more pouches. The design sports elements from the old ALICE (All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment) pack and earlier versions of MOLLE.

Rich Landry, the Individual Equipment Designer with Load Carriage Systems, Product Manager, Solider Clothing and Individual Equipment, said in a news release that— after getting feedback from the 82nd and other Army units—he determined that tweaking the weight distribution was vital.

“One of the critical design issues is, you must distribute the weight onto the hips, the ideal load carrying surface on the body. The original ALICE pack only distributed the weight onto the shoulders and lower back — which was a real problem. Then we started talking about the science of load carriage. And that’s what MOLLE is all about. Getting the weight off the shoulders and onto the hips — a modular approach to the design of the rucksack.”

Changes, Versatility & Fielding

Members of the 82nd had a few additional, and more specific, requests.

“One of the requirements that the 82nd had was that the harness that attaches the rucksack to the parachutist be sewn directly to the pack — because they didn’t want to lose any of the parts of it,” Landry said. “This was the one requirement we didn’t agree with. We decided it would be better and more practical if the harness that supports the pack to the parachutists harness is removable but can be set up in a configuration that is seamless in how it attaches, and therefore, doesn’t require a long rigging process.

“Normally rigging a rucksack up to this type of harness can be a 5 min or longer process, depending on the Soldier. With this, it’s about a 1 min. process. But, it’s still completely removable when need be,” Landry added.

The service also touts the MOLLE 4000 for its versatility; other, non-82nd units can use it as well.

“The beauty is, we designed a rucksack specifically for the airborne community, however, non-airborne units can use this rucksack just as effectively by just not being issued the airborne harness components,” Landry said.

The Army plans on distributing about 6,000 MOLLE 4000 rucksacks to the 82nd later this year. The rucksack will also be fielded by “a large contingent of the conventional deployed force,” the service said. This, it added, will happen at some point “in the near future.”

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A local surplus store here had a couple of the old Italian MTN packs that fit perfectly, and wouldn't you know when I decided to get one they ran out and don't know when they'll get more.

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Well at least they found middle ground between the ruck and assault pack.

 

Looks decent and plenty of room for a sleep system . 

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I use the usmc ilbe recon pack i think it's gen2 I dig that alot but it maybe bigger than you want I'm not the biggest rucksack fan.

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Well most people only buy what they use id figure.like you buy a assault pack for underneath your main pack then you need a extra ammo pouch and med pouch and it should last awhile if you buy good material.at least always waterproof liners.

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1 hour ago, Ripcannon said:

Well most people only buy what they use id figure.like you buy a assault pack for underneath your main pack then you need a extra ammo pouch and med pouch and it should last awhile if you buy good material.at least always waterproof liners.

Where would you put assault pack off the ruck? 

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5 hours ago, Megatron said:

Waste they upgrade and find what works.  I am glad they are updating.

Yes anyone who's humped any load knows for sure

however if they didnt rush a design and took a bit more time before trial and testing etc that could make one awesome ruck

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Just now, VTConcernedCitizen said:

Yes anyone who's humped any load knows for sure

however if they didnt rush a design and took a bit more time before trial and testing etc that could make one awesome ruck

The main ruck works just fine.  It's very decent for avg soldier.  Even has a good spot for the sleep system .

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16 minutes ago, Ripcannon said:

But you can pack both my main has the emergency release on the straps.just incase

on my molle 10th mtn ruck I added fastex buckles so the day pack can be added the the lower buckles attach to the bottom ruck buckels

it was the norm

you add a couple of sustainment pouches etc and its a heavy beast

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4 minutes ago, Ripcannon said:

^^^^^pretty much same here I use my recon butt pack as my day pack.

I used the butt pad for wet weather gear and cold weather .

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Yeah that make sense but I can fit my hammock and a can of beans my fold away trail gun and box's of bullets and a pack of smokes and my 3litter waterblatter perfectly... I'm pretty use to being cold and wet and avoiding hypothermia there's caves and mine shafts all over the place and in a pinch i always keep my ghillie poncho.

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3 minutes ago, Ripcannon said:

Yeah that make sense but I can fit my hammock and a can of beans my fold away trail gun and box's of bullets and a pack of smokes and my 3litter waterblatter perfectly... I'm pretty use to being cold and wet and avoiding hypothermia there's caves and mine shafts all over the place and in a pinch i always keep my ghillie poncho.

I have 2 molle day packs in woodland camo

1 is the regular size that can be found almost anywhere

the other is the large day pack, it has a few more options and carries way more

many ppl dont know they exist

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17 minutes ago, Ripcannon said:

Yeah that make sense but I can fit my hammock and a can of beans my fold away trail gun and box's of bullets and a pack of smokes and my 3litter waterblatter perfectly... I'm pretty use to being cold and wet and avoiding hypothermia there's caves and mine shafts all over the place and in a pinch i always keep my ghillie poncho.

Might want to dip.  You can smell smoke for miles. Hypothermia can set in at 60 degrees.  The army' ewec gen 3 is good stuff. 

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A large part of survival is having a tactful mind I get by just fine I live outside most of the year and as for smoking I'll die one way or another can't live for ever.

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1 minute ago, Ripcannon said:

A large part of survival is having a tactful mind I get by just fine I live outside most of the year and as for smoking I'll die one way or another can't live for ever.

I rather not be wet and cold...  extrmely draining. 

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11 minutes ago, Ripcannon said:

A large part of survival is having a tactful mind I get by just fine I live outside most of the year and as for smoking I'll die one way or another can't live for ever.

LOL reminds me of the guy in the van deisel movie "xXx" where the hat seeker gets him

i hope not brah

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