REVIEW: US Government MOLLE II Rucksack


Our team has tested some great packs, and the official Government Issue MOLLE Assault Pack stood up to the challenges like a true American champion. This 1850 cubic inch pack only comes in Digital ACU; a camouflage that looks like a pixelated tans, greys, and greens. Most of these packs are used, but that’s a good thing, because that ensures they come loaded with history and patina.  But don’t worry about the “used” thing, as our packs were in perfect working condition; aside from some minor fading on a few packs, they looked brand new.

We team put the MOLLE Assault Packs through the wringer. They are durable and functional under the toughest situations, and they aren’t full of useless extras(uncle Sam doesn’t pay for extras). The pack features nylon webbing on both sides, of which we attached gear and water bottles. They are strong and intelligently placed. Buckle straps are also located at the top, bottom, and front to increase the carrying load. There is a hydration bladder sleeve with the option of hydration hole exits on either side of the pack. The quick-release shoulder straps work well when the packs are heavy or stuck.

Government-Issue-Large-MOLLE-Pack_2When we heard Military Surplus, comfort was not the first thing that came to mind. With the MOLLE Assault Pack though, we were pleasantly surprised. The shoulder, sternum, and waist straps are fully adjustable. The adjustable shoulder straps fit a much wider range of shoulder and back sizes than we expected. The pack contains an internal padded plastic back support to assist in carrying heavy loads and provide comfort for the user. And at just four pounds, this pack was a breeze to carry.

The Large MOLLE Assault Pack BackPack can pack a lot in a small amount of space. At approximately 1850 cubic inches of space, the pack runs around the size of the average medium daypack. On the outside, it measures about 20″H x 12″W x 7″D. It has a separate cargo pocket on the front that measures approximately 12″H x 11″W x 3.5″D.
This pack was made for the US Military, and it shows. Every part of it is the finest quality and construction. It’s made out of water resistant, durable canvas that held up well, and cleaned up easily. The pack straps are all made of tough nylon webbing. The buckles and zippers are heavy duty and designed to stand up to rough use and abuse.

We liked this pack a lot. The nylon webbing on the side is our favorites. In our opinion, packs are looking too sleek these days, and any tough place to attach more gear is pro for us. The zippers on this pack were another pro. These are big, alligator-teeth sized zippers that are designed to work in any condition and to be hard to break.

The MOLLE Assault Pack was great, but not quite comfortable enough for us; it lacked padding on the shoulder and waist straps. At only four pounds, comfort was likely sacrificed for weight. But it was our only real gripe about the pack. It was still wearable, but when we loaded the pack with heavier gear, it would have been much nicer with some padding.

This pack is great for a school bag, short trip, or a day hike. We stuffed in clothes and shoes for a casual trip, a cooking stove and sleeping bag, school books and a 17 inch computer, and cans from a grocery trip. You name it; we tried it. We recommend the US Military Surplus ACU Large MOLLE Assault Pack BackPack if you want a high-quality, durable bag for a good price, and aren’t interested in fancy extras.


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