The CFP-90 Patrol Pack

The CFP-90 Patrol Backpack is the smaller pack of the Combat Field Pack M-1990(CFP-90) system.  It was designed to carry a ‘patrol’ load of equipment.  Mainly ammunition and water.  Basically just the equipment for a day long mission.  While rugged, it has a pretty low load carrying capacity.  For extended missions, the CFP-90 patrol pack can be attached to the main pack, adding to the overall carry capacity, and providing an easily detachable pack for critical equipment.

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The Old Reliable ALICE Backpack

One of the first modern, modern day military backpacks was developed in 1973. It was called the ALICE backpack, standing for All-purpose lightweight carrying equipment.  ALICE was developed for United States troops in Vietnam. The backpack was used from the 1970’s to the 1990’s until it was replaced by a newer model. The replacement bag called the MOLLE was then used more often than the ALICE military backpack, although some soldiers still preferred the older, reliable ALICE bag.

The ALICE backpack’s main purpose was to help our soldiers to carry less weight. Older backpacks that were used in WWI and WW2 were very heavy and the older materials retained water. They were terribly hard to carry when they got wet. Furthermore, they were made of steel which at times made them unbearable to carry. The ALICE backpack only weighed a light 3 pounds, and the material was also lightweight cotton. As an added bonus, the ALICE military backpacks were water resistant.

The ALICE bags were designed to be more convenient as well for the soldiers. At the hard times of war, it was very important to keep our soldiers as comfortable as possible. There was a wide mid section strap, and the shoulder straps were also wider than the older bags. This allowed the Vietnam soldiers to be able to patrol and march much more easily. For the convenience of the soldier, the bags came in 3 different sizes to fit everyone’s different needs. This allowed the soldiers to carry their ammunition, firearms, first aid kit, and a clothing change. This was the new perfect product to make the lives of our soldiers better.

The ALICE bag was enjoyed by all types of people. Soon it became the new trend for people who liked to hike, camp, or climb. If you were an adventurous person, the ALICE backpack was perfect for you. Even today, you can find these bags at many army surplus outlets. They are reasonably priced and still enjoyed today. Although there are many different bags you can purchase today comparable to the ALICE , some still prefer the old reliable ALICE Military backpack.

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Canvas Duffle Bags Are Great for Civilian Use Too

Canvas Duffle Bags are an Excellent Form of Canvas Luggage, for Contemporary Civilians too.

Of the many Bags & Backpacks available, the Canvas Duffle Bag is one of the most versatile types of canvas luggage around. They are made to last a long time, and have a high capacity. Canvas duffle bags have been standard military issue since World War II, and most members of the armed forces are permitted to take them home upon discharge.

Before that Barracks Bags were used by soldiers to carry their belongings around. These bags were made of a cotton canvas fabric, and had a drawstring to close the top. Most people today would look at a barracks bag, and think it was a just a laundry sack, this is what they are mainly used for, since the introduction of duffel bags.

Canvas duffle bags were a great refinement when introduced in 1943. They took on a more manageable tube shape, and the drawstring was replaced with a more reliable system. A series of flaps with metal grommets is pulled over a metal loop, and secured with a metal snap link, attached to a shoulder strap. The shoulder strap is the most obvious improvement, and makes packing heavy loads much easier. A carrying handle is also a common addition, making it possible to carry the bag like a suitcase. And some duffel bags have a double harness making it a rather large back pack. And a more rugged cotton canvas fabric is also used.

The versatility, and high capacity of canvas duffle bags, has lead many manufactures to produce commercial copies. They have dressed up the standard olive-drab of the military, with brass hardware and leather trim, making them more appealing to contemporary civilians. And there are chemical treatments, such as the waxed canvas duffel, that make them lighter, more resistance to moisture, stains, and discoloration from sun light. In some cases the cotton canvas is being replaced with more advanced fabrics available with modern technology, like nylon. But, canvas duffel bags are still less expensive, and can be found in larger sizes. And still offer the same variety of colors and options.

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Rolling Duffle Bags

Rolling duffle bags are very good for travelers looking for lightweight baggage with mobility. They come in many shapes and sizes. Most come equipped with a handle for pulling. Some come with shoulder straps for carrying. There are also rolling duffle bags that have straps designed for use as a backpack. This is very good for travelers walking long distances with their baggage. They come in many shapes, styles, and sizes. They are built with multiple compartments and pockets for storage. They also come with zippers for storing smaller items.

Hikers often use rolling duffle bags for long trips because they are durable and well equipped for storage. They can access their gear easily with built in pockets. Their items will remain dry in bad weather. They are very lightweight and hikers can fit a very large amount of gear and supplies inside. They are available in modern styles and can be taken on backpacking trips in the city or places with rugged terrain. They can also be checked as baggage at the airport.

The name originates from the town of Duffel, a town located in Belgium. This is where the strong cloth used to make the bags was originally created. They have been in use since the 1700’s with an original model built by Dooney and Bourke. There have been many models created since then. Many travelers have been using them for a long time to stay mobile while keeping their gear and accessories safe. Some models are fitted with locks to prevent theft of valuables stored inside.

They can be transported through busy environments such as airports and train stations quickly and easily. Travelers of all kinds will find them handy for commuting to school and from the workplace. Rolling duffle bags create a more comfortable traveling experience. They give the traveler added accessibility to their belongings. Those who travel frequently will benefit from the ease with which they can be moved too and from their destinations.

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