ILBE Main Pack

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In 2004 mass production started on the ILBE Packs (Improved Load Bearing Equipment) to replace the heavier MOLLE Packs (Modular Light Load Carrying Equipment) and was specially designed for the US Marines to provide durable lightweight means of transporting clothing textiles and equipment. There are 2 Generations of this pack. The Gen I pack has the black padding and the Gen II pack has the coyote brown padding and features. Both were produced in the Digital Woodland MarPat (Marine Pattern). This backpack is designed by Arc'Teryx and manufactured by Propper.

ILBE Main Pack
Introduced December 11, 2003
Manufacturer Propper International, Inc.
Color Woodland Digital (MARPAT)
NSN 8465-01-515-8615
Capacity 74 L
4,500 in3
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The ILBE Pack is designed to carry a load of up to 120lbs but at the same time it distributes the weight so it is comfortable to wear. The key features to the packs comfort is in its internal frame with 2 metal ribs on the outer sides and 2 larger spars in the middle. These spars are already shaped to fit most peoples backs but can be custom bent if need be.

The pack includes soft padding on both the hip bet and shoulder straps. With the wide hip belt it displaces the weight around your body with less pressure points. Both straps can be adjusted to custom fit your body and has a breast strap that can be raised or lowered to fit both men and women. The ILBE uses Thermomoulding in the hip belts. These weight barring straps are shaped to match the curves of the body. The waist belt is designed to minimize wearer discomfort. It meshes 4 different types of foam for maximum comfort.

Pack Features

  • Constructed of 720 Denier Cordura
  • 4500 cubic inches of space
  • Carries up to 120 lbs
  • Top buckle-removable Lid with internal pocket
  • Adjustable, heavily padded waist belt
  • Internal removable Radio Pouch for extra storage
  • Collapsible hydration pack pocket on back
  • Plastic collar pockets on bottom sides
  • Tall pockets run height of pack on either side
  • Top compression strap attaches across collar under lid
  • Internal aluminum frame
  • Buckles to attach assault pack
  • Height-adjustable shoulder straps with sternum strap
  • Many compression straps on sides
  • Heavy tube zipper pulls
  • Dual-pull zippers on both sides run top to bottom
  • Straps on lower part of pack to attach sleeping pad roll
  • Collapsible "floor shelf"/divider
  • Heavily padded quick release shoulder straps
  • Heavy rubber-wrapped webbing handles on either side

Pack Components

The ILBE Main Pack is a set comprised of the following components:

ILBE Main Pack
Component Size NSN
ILBE Main Pack 8465-01-515-8620
ILBE Shoulder Straps 8465-01-515-8647
ILBE Hip Belt S 8465-01-515-8658
M 8465-01-520-8270
L 8465-01-515-8677
ILBE Lid 8465-01-515-8643
ILBE Radio Pouch 8465-01-515-8636

See also