ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *2018 update*

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Re: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *cracked the 5lb barrier?*

Post by RonnyRonin » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:32 pm

Yup, thanks photobucket. There is content all over the internet now that is next to useless, and a lot from users that aren't active (or are even dead) that we may never see again.

Eventually I will resurrect at least my photos here or somewhere else, I've been meaning to start a blog for years. In fact I was just thinking today that I should dig my ILBE out and cut some more off of it.
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Re: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *cracked the 5lb barrier?*

Post by sjolly75 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:45 am

RonnyRonin wrote:Yup, thanks photobucket. There is content all over the internet now that is next to useless, and a lot from users that aren't active (or are even dead) that we may never see again.
I re-uploaded my images to Flickr, and fixed my post way back on page 1 for those interested.
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Re: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *2018 update*

Post by RonnyRonin » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:08 pm

Tried to repost some of the old pictures in the original posts, got many but not all.

2018 update:

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finally took the needed leap to chop off the backpanel padding and the harness mounting velcro under it, saved 3 oz:

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also replaced the stock lumbar pad I've never been fond of, went with a HPG style simple cordura sleeve that I can add and remove foam to taste. netted me another 2 oz:

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One of the more technical mods, I removed one of the large side access zippers and sewed the zipper flap down to cover the hole. I'm tempted to remove the other one as well since I almost never used them, but I can always do that later. Saves 2oz per zipper:

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Went in and unstitched a few of the spots around the pack that I had lazily just chopped off and left stubs, probably picked up another oz overall:

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I ripped out the old roll top and spruced it up a bit with a better stiffening ring and buckles, also tore out the last remnants of the old black drawstring closure that had been connecting the rolltop to the cordura body. I'm glad I never got around to trimming the compression straps, found out they are long enough to hook up a pretty sweet HPG Ute style pulley compression system; extra compression as well as easier external hauling on the front of the pack:

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you may also notice I made the lower front lashing straps removable, I just cut them off leaving enough webbing to sew on a metal 3-bar slider to add them back on when needed. I also stole one of the straps I cut off elsewhere to build a much longer over-the-top strap to accommodate the extra capacity of the rolltop.

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A view of the new lumbar pad with a rare shot of The_Alias' kilted leg:

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Final weight as it sits now with HPG harness and belt and bamboo frame stays (don't ask) is 4lbs 9oz. Using carbon arrows will drop a few more oz, and using the stock aluminum ones will add several back on. Removing the pack padding and using taller stays together improve the load handling quite a lot, despite weighing half as much as the issued pack it is more comfortable and gives up almost nothing on load hauling or durability.

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If you were willing to trim off the bottle pockets, the second zipper and go down to 4 compression straps you could easily get under 4lbs with carbon arrow frame stays, putting it in a very small club of lightweight huge capacity packs.
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