MOLLE II Standard Gov’t Issue Backpack- Strong, Solid and Loyal


The MOLLE II Standard Issue Backpack, manufactured by USGI, is one serious hell of a pack and, it has one of the highest customer ratings of all the Military Backpacks we’ve reviewed. Its most appealing feature would have to be its size. This thing has a ton of room, but the space is distributed in a way that makes it very comfortable to carry. The large main compartment alone can hold approximately between 3,500 and 4,000 cubic inches of gear. The double zipper front pocket is about 11″ x 6″ x 3″. The large main section is about 18″ x 20″ x 9″. The sleep carrier part has enough room for a huge sleeping bag or a two-man tent and smaller sleeping bag, and the entire pack has a 120 lb. load capacity. Seriously, you can bring a ton of gear in this thing.government-issue-molle-II-pack_2

We received the “Desert Camo” design, which I believe is the only option currently available. This pack is Genuine U.S. Military Issue. Though technically in “used” condition, ours seemed in mint condition, and was certainly a great deal for the price.  All in all, this government issue pack features a main pack, sleep carrier, frame, shoulder strap and waist belt. We were quite surprised by the level of comfort this pack provides. The shoulder straps and waist attachment are thickly padded, so nothing is cutting into you and it fits snugly around you without twisting, cinching or loosening up. All the straps are fully adjustable. We also found that the straps are great for hanging things off of without getting in the way.

Not counting the waist straps, the MOLLE II is about 25″ tall by 18″ wide by 18″ deep. The fabric is thick and durable. Though not technically waterproof, we found that it held up government-issue-molle-II-pack_3remarkably well when exposed to water.  What we loved most about this pack was its comfort, capacity and durability. It’s no surprise that this is a military pack, because it doesn’t mess around with any unnecessary gadgets or flimsy material. Being government issue, it includes exactly what’s needed for survival while still seeming lightweight. The zippers are heavy duty and it arrives fully assembled and weighing in under 10 lbs. when empty. It would have been nice to find that this pack was set up for a hydration pack, especially considering that it’s meant for long journeys. We also felt that the manufacturer could have gone the extra mile and used a %100 waterproof material, but the pros certainly outweigh the cons.

We tested this pack for a 3-day outdoor excursion and it definitely passed with flying colors. If you’re looking for a pack to get you through a 6-month mountaineering hike, you should keep looking. This backpack has enough room for 2 or 3 days worth of gear while also maintaining the comfort needed for that amount of time. Alternatively, it’s a great size pack for a day trip without being a burden to carry around. Great for families, for hikers, for survivalists, the MOLLE II Standard Issue Backpack is very versatile, and an awesome choice to accompany you on your next journey.


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9 comments… add one
  • David C. Furukawa Jun 10, 2015, 2:54 pm

    Where can I purchase a new Government issue 3-day rucksack in multimcam?Thanks for your assistance!

    • Mike Jun 24, 2015, 8:40 pm

      David, the manufacturers of US gov gear is always changing. The US gov is constantly re-evaluating where their best deal is. What exactly are you looking for?

      • Dan Nov 22, 2015, 1:10 pm

        I purchased an ‘Overwatch’ pack/shoulder and waist straps for hook up to the downeast frames, and when I tried to buy another (3) found they had discontinued the contract run. These straps had just the right extra padding and quality. Can you advise on purchasing something similar? I’d even consider purchasing non govermental brands of superior quality.

        I contacted you because you seem to know things others do not.

        • Mike Nov 23, 2015, 12:54 am

          Wish I could help more, but your best bet is to contact the manufacture of the straps you like, and ask them for a referral – that’s your best bet.

    • Scott Burrage Dec 7, 2015, 4:37 pm

      I saw them in multicam at for $149

  • Stephanie Sep 4, 2015, 1:50 pm

    I would like to buy one of those and a new one if possible. Do you know buy chance where I can get one?

    • Mike Sep 4, 2015, 2:02 pm

      I’d call Rothco Industries. Good Luck!

  • micahel dominguez Jan 12, 2017, 12:56 pm

    hello sir..where can i purchase the US ALICE BACKPACK?

    • Mike Jan 12, 2017, 1:04 pm

      You might contact Rothco.

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