A Sweet Ride
February 10, 2009: SOCOM (Special Operations Command) held a competition for a new rucksack and selected the Mystery Ranch TactiPlane. This device weighs ten pounds and holds 113 liters (6,900 cubic inches) in three compartments. Some 80 percent of that is in the main compartment, with the smaller compartments above and below holding ten percent each. The TactiPlane was designed to be worn comfortably with body armor, using a small pad for the lower back, to aid in doing that comfortably. When worn without body armor, the TactiPlane allows for ventilation between back and pack.
SOCOM BALCS (Body Armor Load Carriage System) is a program striving to eliminate the problems created when current body armor (including the ballistic plate worn in the front and back) is used by a soldier carrying lots of different types of equipment. BALCS is trying to achieve some standards, so that manufacturers of the armor, rucksacks and other carrying devices, do not work at cross purposes. As is usually the case, the army and marines are watching the BALCS program for solutions to identical problems their troops are having.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
Praxis: TactiPlane Packs
Also from strategypage.com we have this:
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Here's a picture of the pack: http://www.militarytimes.com/blogs/gearscout/?p=639
At first glance, and not seeing one up close, it looks to be a re-designed CFP-90. Very similar in construction.
Also, with no prices or commercial availability dates at present, you can bet it's going to be around $500 when it's released to the public.
Something to consider: You can find good ALICE packs modified by Tactical Tailor or issue CFP-90 packs for a lot less than the price for the newest iteration of a 'carry everything' ruck....and use the rest of the money for more ammo!!
Just my .02
Where is the best place to get decent CPF-90s?
You can find them on ebay...just make sure you get a "USGI surplus" pack....the chicom knock-offs aren't near as good.
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