The F3F has a big barn-door front opening, a zip-around top opening which optimizes it for PRC-117 type radios, MOLLE/PALS compatible webbing up the sides, and two exterior front pockets. This is a great all-around 3-day pack, but we named it the FAC Track because it is the best-in-class pack for Forward Air Controllers.
- Upper back wall radio rack with 3 antenna portals.
- Padlock webbing tie-points all over the pack.
- "Shooters harness" with 3D mesh is vertically adjustable for varying torso lengths, and is both thinner for shooting, and more comfortable for heavier loads.
- Numerous small pockets and organizers -- so you can always go right to what you're looking for.
- Gossamer polycarbonate frame.
- Handles on 3 sides make it easy to pick the pack up, especially when retrieving it from your vehicle.
- Five hydration compatible pockets.
- Includes G1RC Rain Cover, stowed in a zippered pocket in the bottom of the pack.
I ordered this pack during my first deployment in 2008 and have used it on multiple deployments since. It is customizable (I dont always use 4 pouches with it), rugged, and sized to fit for any mission. I have used it in combat and there is zero wear and tear on the bag (which still surprises me) as well as when I transitioned to the Guard as my drill bag. Even 11 years on I still have people ask me where I got it and say that they would like to order one themselves.
I got this for my Brother in Law whose an RI and absolutely loves it. I personally have had one for 11 years and it's still rocking strong after I've been out. Great with an IOTV and a plate carrier it adjust alot better than anything the U.S. Army issues.
Okay, this is my final review because this is the third Eberlestock pack that I own. I will be buying the S27 Little Trick soon, I'm just waiting to pay off my Christmas debt. I bought this pack to use for my climbing gear. I am the Assistant Director of a Climbing program called Operation Climb on where we teach veterans how to rock climb in order to deal with PTS/PTSD.
Bottom line, Eberlestock makes the best tactical, hunting packs in the world. I use their gear for medical packs, climbing packs, hunting and camping, etc. Like I said, I have three right now, but I will be buying another soon. You can't go wrong buying their products.
Bought the older version of this pack in early 2015...
This pack is tough as nail... i'm in the military and i'm sure this pack will follow me all my carrer. The only draw back is the wheight of it, but with Eberlestock you get a long lasting piece of gear... and talking about weight... with the belt on and some imagination you can carry a lot of weight with it. At some point i think i got easily over 60 pound of gear in and around this backpack without feeling the weight of it.
With so much molle you can litteraly do the setup you want to carry your gear and i have try a lot of setup until i found the one that suit my need after a couple of year of try. Unfortunately this setup has involve a permanent modification of the bag made by a tailor... i have converte the two outside pocket in to a beavertail style sleeve to carry wet gear and easy/fast to reach gear.
Another thing is... the padding is on the thick side without gear it's perfectly fine... with full loadout and a full bag you kind of have to lean forward a bit more than usual.
With the barn door, top loading, molle, the two sleeve, the radio rack... you have so much option to carry your gear. simply one of the best in it's category period. If you think about buying this bag and have the money to pay for stop searching you will end here. ( i have talk to friend's, watch a ton of review of bag, buy wrong bag's and i finally end-up on the exact same page has you now to finally buy this bag at my local dealer )