Wednesday, October 2, 2013

FILBE Assault Pack Review

After many months of use it’s time to pass down the final verdict on this Assault Pack that is part of the FILBE System.  This component of that system can be purchased separately and of course is part of the entire setup when purchased as complete package.

The Complete FILBE can be purchased for anywhere from $300 - $500.  Just depends on the deal you find at the time.  At the time of this videos making, the complete system new could be purchased for $300 on eBay.

FILBE stands for Family of Improved Load Bearing Equipment.

The Assault Pack itself can be found for $150 to $190 new and in most cases this includes the additional assault pouch.


As you can see this is Coyote Brown in color.

The main material used is Cordura Nylon. 

Manufactured by Eagle Industries

Features sternum strap, waist belt

Two way, ykk zipper that opens lower on the wearer left side.

Molle webbing on three sides of the pack which provide plenty of attachment points.

Heavy duty carry and drag handle

Grommets on the bottom for drainage.

Approx dimensions 20” x 14” x 8”

Approx 2300 cubic inches of space

Weight right at 4lbs give or take a few ounces

Very similar in design to the Camelbak Motherload

The structure of the pack is frame with a 3 – 5 mm plastic sheet that is accessible by a zipper within the main pack.

-          Impressions and review

Extremely comfortable even after long periods of use.  I have used this pack on literally hundreds of miles of hiking and have even used it for overnight backpacking trips.  You can see this pack in action with the Coyote Overnight Adventure.  Video below:

The closed cell foam backing offers good ventilation and offers an adequate level of comfort even when completely loaded.

Without a doubt this is my Go-To pack.  I always have it ready to grab, pack and run if need be. 

Carries a 3 liter hydration bladder without issue and does have ports to tube on both the left and right side. 


Front of the main pack.

Front lower panel - Molle webbing.

YKK zippers - 2-way.

Quick release from shoulder straps.

Velcro fasteners.

Top view of one of the hydration/antenna ports.

View into the optional Assault Pouch.

Lower front pocket.

Inside view - Main compartment.

Sleeve which I use to store my hydration bladder.

Plastic sheeting 3 - 5mm thick.  Frame.

Back of main compartment.  Mess pocket.

Back of pack. 

Foam padding - Gap for ventilation. 

Side of pack.  Compression straps and webbing.

Bottom of pack.  Compression straps and grommet holes.

Shoulder straps : Padding.

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