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Borrego Bob

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I recently picked up a USMC ILBE (Improved load bearing equipment) in near if not new condition off Ebay for $110 ($131 shipped). The pack was introduced to the marines back in 2004. Weights are 8 1/2lbs and can carry 4500 to 5000 cubic inces of stuff. Its designed to carry heavy loads up to 120lbs. Its was designed by arcteryx and made by propper. Theirs two versions the gen 1 with black padding and gen II with tan padding. Compared to other hinting packs designed for big loads the weight is on par. 

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Eberstock V69 Destroyer 3660cubic inches weights 7lbs. 4oz $389.00
Eberstock V90 Battleship 6050cubic inches weights 8lbs. 12oz $429.00
USMC ILBE 4500cubic inches weights 8lbs 5oz $110


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People like to compare it to other commercial backpacker packs and claim its way to heavy but those packs are poor comparisons because they are not designed to carry large loads that a hunter would need to fill it with. Ultra light back packer packs would not hold up or be very comfortable full of venison on a pack out. A sturdy comfortable hunting back is going to have a little weight. 

The ILBE packs were replaced by the USMC because they were designed prior to the heavy usage of body armor now common. If you buy one on ebay ensure all the pieces are there sellers like to break them down and sell as components instead of full packs. I found mine listed as new or near new condition. Sportmans Warehouse has them listed for $120. You can also buy repair kits for around 20 bucks on ebay with replacement buckles and straps. Optional "assault packs" go for around 60 to 100 bucks and connect to the outside of the pack. These could be used as hunting day packs once spike camp has been established. I'll report up how it works for me as a hunting pack when i get some time in the field with it.  On my last hunting trip to the Sierras i came across a couple backpack hunters one with an Eberstock Gun runner and another with the ILBE and they said the ILBC could carry much more.  I plan on using it next month to approach the western ridges on the desert side in San Diego Mule deer hunting. 



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Great pack!
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This is where i got mine came is great shape like new and the shipping was quick. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301594979658?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Any updates on this....I found one at a local resale joint for $60 and was trying to talk him down to $40.  Looks like I'd be ok with $60.  Just wondering how it worked for you.
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Any updates on this....I found one at a local resale joint for $60 and was trying to talk him down to $40.  Looks like I'd be ok with $60.  Just wondering how it worked for you.
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I really like it if its in good shape get it
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They called this morning and said they'd take $45. I'll be headed down there shortly.
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