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Arid small pack?
« on: June 25, 2018, 14:27:37 »
So I'm reading through the NP's article on the arrival of troops in Mali, and the soldier in the first photo really stands out...
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-dozen-canadian-peacekeepers-arrive-in-mali-as-yearlong-mission-begins

He appears to be wearing an arid version of the issue small pack. I can't really see the pack itself, but the accessory pouch is distinctly arid pattern and looks to be configured the same as the small pack or CTS ruck pouches. Does such a thing exist? And if so, why? Surely that is money that could have been used elsewhere.
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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 14:32:44 »
So I'm reading through the NP's article on the arrival of troops in Mali, and the soldier in the first photo really stands out...
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-dozen-canadian-peacekeepers-arrive-in-mali-as-yearlong-mission-begins

He appears to be wearing an arid version of the issue small pack. I can't really see the pack itself, but the accessory pouch is distinctly arid pattern and looks to be configured the same as the small pack or CTS ruck pouches. Does such a thing exist? And if so, why? Surely that is money that could have been used elsewhere.

Yep it exists, I'm issued one for an upcoming task;as for why it exists, beats me, but I'll tell you I'm glad to have that as opposed to the green bag on a tan background.

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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 15:39:33 »
what happened to the pack covers we issued in Afghanistan? I worked in clothing stores at KAF and we had tri-walls full of arid covers, like the old winter white ones, that more or less elasticed around the pack and hid everything except for the straps. Same thing for the camel back, except that one was reversible and had a safety reflector on the inside.
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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2018, 15:49:21 »
So I'm reading through the NP's article on the arrival of troops in Mali, and the soldier in the first photo really stands out...
http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-dozen-canadian-peacekeepers-arrive-in-mali-as-yearlong-mission-begins

He appears to be wearing an arid version of the issue small pack. I can't really see the pack itself, but the accessory pouch is distinctly arid pattern and looks to be configured the same as the small pack or CTS ruck pouches. Does such a thing exist? And if so, why? Surely that is money that could have been used elsewhere.
The dude with the beard looks very solid. Would not want to cross him.


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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2018, 20:25:07 »
what happened to the pack covers we issued in Afghanistan? I worked in clothing stores at KAF and we had tri-walls full of arid covers, like the old winter white ones, that more or less elasticed around the pack and hid everything except for the straps. Same thing for the camel back, except that one was reversible and had a safety reflector on the inside.
There are pics in other news articles that had rucks with the covers on them.  Do they even make them for the day pack...?


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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2018, 21:44:37 »
It’s a nice pack. Was issued mine in 2014 for Op Impact.
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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2018, 05:55:33 »
Yep it exists, I'm issued one for an upcoming task;as for why it exists, beats me, but I'll tell you I'm glad to have that as opposed to the green bag on a tan background.

It exists for the same reason majority of our kit also exists in both patterns, so you can use them in both environments with ease!

The pack is exactly the same as the latest version of the Small Pack System, with the improved rucksack style straps and includes the same pouch system.

The dude with the beard looks very solid. Would not want to cross him.


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I know that dude, he's very solid and definitely not one to be crossed  ;)
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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2018, 17:03:38 »
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I know that dude, he's very solid and definitely not one to be crossed  ;)

CF mbr or civy contractor? I would assume from his dress state he is some sort of high speed dude, but (perhaps it's just the photo) he also looks seriously obese...
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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2018, 17:10:41 »
There are pics in other news articles that had rucks with the covers on them.  Do they even make them for the day pack...?



As an aside, the amount of gear that this guy has to drag around, and I assume he isn't carrying any ammo either, is a good example of the kind of experience we are headed for: risk averse, heavy, slow and ponderous, indecisive and bureaucratic.  ;)

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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2018, 17:27:38 »
As an aside, the amount of gear that this guy has to drag around, and I assume he isn't carrying any ammo either, is a good example of the kind of experience we are headed for: risk averse, heavy, slow and ponderous, indecisive and bureaucratic.  ;)

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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2018, 17:48:45 »
CF mbr or civy contractor? I would assume from his dress state he is some sort of high speed dude, but (perhaps it's just the photo) he also looks seriously obese...

CF Mbr, and it is just the photo. He's not a small man to begin with, but it's not the bad kind of obesity. It's Olympic lifting/powerlifting body.
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Re: Arid small pack?
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2018, 19:20:29 »
In that case the photo will be a gold mine of piss taking for his buddies  :rofl:

And yah I know that body type; I had a WO who could run a platoon of athletic kids into the ground and yet would smoke cigarettes before and after. Fierce.
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