I’ve been a customer of London Bridge Trading Company’s gear for many years. They are located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and supply many of the area military units based out of the Norfolk and Little Creek, Virginia area as well as military and police units everywhere. LBT gear is bomb proof and made to take hard use under the most extreme conditions.
Recently I was looking to add a couple of packs to my line up to be used as a ready bag and another for outdoor adventures. I decided that I wanted a slick pack, as packs covered with molle webbing usually turn into gypsy camps with a bunch of pouches and junk hanging off of them getting caught on everything or not fitting under a seat on a plane or train when traveling.
The pack itself is a very simple design with four pockets, the main compartment, in the main compartment there is also a sleeve for a water bladder or frame board (also available on the website for about $20.00. I personally use the pack frame board in mine for extra stability.) an exterior pocket with a slash pocket on the outside of it. All packs come with a detachable waist belt and sternum strap, compression straps on the sides for cinching down the load, a drain hole in the bottom, a strip of webbing on the bottom for attaching a bedroll, all zippers are YYK and they are available in a number of colors and camo patterns. The standard price for an LBT Standard Three Day Assault pack is $213.00 but if you get on their email list or check the website around just about any holiday you can catch them on sale for right around $100.00.
Below are the features of the pack from the website:
- Mid-sized patrol pack, capable of carrying three plus day’s worth of gear, MRE’s,
cleaning utilities etc.
- Adjustable padded shoulder straps
- Front accessory pocket
- Back padding provided by 3/8” closed cell inner core
- Removable waist strap, used for equalizing the load across the combatants hips
- Interior pocket for hydration pouch or internal frame for structural rigidity (Not included)
- Heavy duty reinforced carry handle
- Two adjustable cinch straps on each side pack; good for spare barrels, sleeping mats, SMAW rockets etc.
- Overall dimensions approx: 14” L x 8” W x 20” H
I’m really pleased with these packs they carry comfortably and hold everything you need for a few days in the woods or traveling. If you grab one during a sale they are probably about the best pack you can get for the money (just a note they can go pretty fast during the sales).
Author – Art Dorst is the owner of A. Dorst Consulting & Training Services and is a Senior Consultant for LaSorsa & Associates. He served in the U.S. Navy and Army National Guard. He is also a retired municipal Police Officer, NRA Instructor, and is currently a security provider/trainer.
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