5ive Star Gear G.I. Spec CFP-90 Backpack
SKU #: 5ive-CFP90-Backpack
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May 22, 2014
Okay for short trips
I've owned one of these for years and have taken it on multiple backpacking trips (mostly because I haven't upgraded to something nicer). I'm going to knock the negatives out first, so don't think this whole post is derogatory. It's a pretty old design, and unfortunately doesn't have MOLLE webbing, so although not impossible to attach newer MOLLE sustainment pouches to the front, they will jiggle around and won't be super secure. But of course you don't have to do that. The pouches on the side are okay, but they don't have clips to secure the tops. Instead they have drawstrings which work okay. I usually pack them pretty tight, and have never had gear fall out or get lost, so this is a very minor concern. Each of the smaller ones will fit three stripped MREs, and the large one is good for storing your tent and poles! The biggest problem I have with this is the shoulder support. The ties that attach the frame to the top of the straps have a tendency to push over the sides of the straps and into your shoulders (especially when your ruck is heavier). This happened during my last trip into desolation and I ended up putting my WW bottoms under the shoulder straps because it hurt so bad. If you're still reading, there are some pretty nice things about the pack too. The storage inside is large and opens from the top and bottom, making accessing your gear very efficient. Additionally, the pack is extremely light (much lighter than the SI ruck the army now uses) and made of durable material. The hip supports also have the webbing seen on the front, so you can attach an extra pouch there to hold power bars and or whatever while your trekking. All in all, this ruck is okay. If you're planning on taking a lot of gear, be prepared to stop and adjust those top straps. For a little more money, you could probably find something much better, however.
Pros- Lightweight. - organized inside storage - good lower back support
Cons- Very uncomfortable shoulder straps - Oldschool webbing not designed for MOLLE pouches
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