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How times change - that pack looks like a military rip-off of classic bushwalking/mountaineering sacks. With the exception of the add-on pouches and ALICE webbing, the sack and harness is stock standard recreational design. Good to see that the Yank military is looking after their grunts in at least one aspect, hope ours follow suit - perhaps after extensive field testing by the Jarheads. (That dry weight is pretty heavy for a recreational sack though)
What Swampy says is absolutely true, atleast during my time as well (80's to 2000). Same as in bushcrafting, you take what works for you and have enough intestinal fortitude to ignore that what does not, despite what "they" say that you need. Only you knows what works best for you and it is you that has to suffer the consequences if your gear choice does not work out in the end. With this in mind, I am going to shamelessly plug Templar's AT&NTW group. We work do determine the best gear based on traditional usage, but have the options (thus the "Neo-Trad" part of the the name) to use what actually works best in each situation and screw the dogma. Only by experimenting between the trad and neo-trad will allow the individual to best acheive their own bushcrafting goals (atleast that is my personal perspective - Templar can best describe it much more elequently)