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Becker PATROL Pack Mark II - Free Shipping!!! (U.S.A. only)

Becker PATROL Pack Mark II - Free Shipping!!! (U.S.A. only)

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BECKER PATROL PACK - THE ETHAN BECKER-AUTHORIZED VERSION!

APPROVED & ENDORSED BY ETHAN BECKER!

The Becker Patrol Pack Mark II (Mk II) was developed in coordination with the original designer, Mr. Ethan Becker, and it is an approved and authorized version produced under license!

Note: A Berry-compliant version of this pack is now available. Minimum order quantity and deposit requirements apply. Inquire. 

BACKGROUND and HISTORY:  The Becker Patrol Pack is a very robust and functional top-loading pack. Originally designed by Mr. Becker in the early 1980s - the result of being bugged about it by some of his Vietnam War combat veteran friends.  It was intended for rugged off-trail use while comfortably carrying loads of up to about fifty (50) pounds.  Purpose-built pockets and pouches were incorporated inside and out for organization, and its profile was kept slim and compact for going off the trail and doing real "bush busting" which is quite different than regular hiking.  The goal was to carry enough stuff - "beans, bullets, and water" - for three days out in the boonies.  The outside pouches and interior pockets were designed for quick access and compartmentalization.  This approach greatly helps with finding things in the dark without the use of artificial light (this can be quite important in certain circumstances).  The pack also needed to be "comfortable enough to live in" (sleep with it on should the circumstances dictate).  The lid had a "cat eye" reflective strip with a cover positioned in the lower center for use during night ops, and a small, buckled pouch on each side of this reflective strip to allow quick access to high-use stuff such as navigation and first aid items.  The underside of the lid had a "map pocket".  Some of the outside pouches incorporated pass-through tunnels for carrying longer items such as machetes, skis, antenna segments, poles, etc.  The pack had a built-in carrying handle at the center top - now standard on almost every pack, but it wasn't so back then - and the waist belt was removable.  LCE-type webbing was attached at various places on the pack, and also, on the waist belt for attaching gear with "ALICE clips" and other methods.  The outside front pouches were designed to carry several (empty) M16 magazines and the side pouches for carrying canteens.  The pack was quite innovative when originally introduced and it quickly found acceptance and praise from those who used it.  It saw considerable use with certain Special Forces and other military personnel as well as outdoorsmen and people from other walks of life who needed a rugged, practical, and highly useful pack.

That’s the basic background of the design and it laid the foundation for a pack that became a legend. However, as the years passed, some of the pack's features became outdated and the pack found itself in definite need of revision. The good news is the basic design is such that, with a bit of upgrading and modernization, it would be (and now is!) as relevant and useful today as it was back then.  It's that good!  With this in mind, we approached Mr. Becker with our ideas and worked out an agreement to modernize, upgrade, and market the pack.

*Note that, with the exception of the Black and Orange color packs, all of our packs now come with our excellent and super comfortable Shoulder Harness (vs. two individual shoulder straps).

HERE'S WHAT WE DID WHEN DESIGNING THE MARK II: 

We took the foundation of the original design as described above and upgraded, improved, and revised it with the following (in no particular order):

-Enlarged the main compartment slightly. Approximate dimensions are now: 7.5" deep (front to back) x 19.5" tall x 11.0" wide or about 19.0 cm x 49.5 cm x 28.0 cm.

-Added a bit of height and girth to the outside pouches. The side pouches are now tall enough and wide enough to accept many after-market water bottles such as the 1.5-liter Hydrapak Flux and the 40 oz. Klean Kanteen single wall stainless. The side pouches will accept most 64 oz. double-wall water bottles!

-Incorporated pass-through tunnels on all outside pouches.

-Replaced the old-style LCE-style webbing with PALS webbing.

-Added cinch straps to the two front pouches.

-Added an internal frame sheet pocket and frame sheet with aluminum stay.

-Added a zippered admin pouch ("Claymore pouch") on the lid immediately above the two original lid pouches.

-Main compartment drawstring or roll-down "storm collar" option on some models.

-Added compression straps above and below the two side pouches for cinching down items and partial loads.

-Added integral padded back panels.

-Upgraded the suspension system:
     1) The original Becker Patrol Pack had sewn-in shoulder straps. Comfort was okay, but not great, and the straps were not replaceable should they sustain damage. We did a complete redesign to address these shortcomings. The Mk II now comes with our popular and very comfortable shoulder harness. The exceptions to this are the black and orange packs which come with our excellent individual shoulder straps. Our harness and straps designs allow them to be interchangeable and the user can easily replace the harness and straps. The shoulder straps are ALICE compatible and can be use on ALICE packs. The harness can be made to fit ALICE but the attach strap spacing is a bit wider on the BPP than on ALICE which is why we offer an ALICE-specific shoulder harness (sold separately). Conversely, the MK II will accept current issue shoulder straps and most all ALICE-type shoulder straps as well as the excellent Hill People Gear shoulder harness. 
     2) We also developed a very comfortable, removable lumbar pad along with a removable padded waist belt. The waist belt is backwards compatible with the original Eagle Becker Patrol Pack so if you have an Eagle-made pack, you can order a replacement belt from us. The waist belt has pull-forward-to-tighten functionality and two rows of PALS webbing on each side.

-Incorporated multiple rows of PALS webbing on the pack bottom for securely attaching additional pouches and gear.

-Added an internal hydration bladder pocket with bladder hanger loop.

-Incorporated a hydration tube pass-through port at the center on the pack back to allow routing the tube to either side.

-Incorporated laser-cut drain holes instead of the easily damaged and totally open old-style metal or plastic grommets.

-Added elastic strap keepers to the longer strap ends so the excess can be secured.

-Added "Daisy Chain" vertically along each of the side pouches.

-Added a strip of Velcro loop in-between the two lid pouches for placement and quick changing of reflective strips, glow sticks, strobe lights, morale patches, etc.

-Utilized high-visibility orange fabric on the inside pockets to help with seeing things on the inside. In an emergency, the pack can be turned inside-out and used as a marker strip. All inside pockets have laser-cut drain holes.

-Moved the bag-to-lid web straps attach points from the bottom front to the bottom rear of the main bag. This routes the two straps across the bottom of the pack which has certain advantages.

NOTE: Berry-compliant packs are available upon request - minimum order is required. Pricing will be adjusted for compliance. Berry Amendment compliant packs are made in the U.S.A. utilizing U.S.A. produced materials, components, and labor.

So, where are the packs made? Our packs are made by our own fabrication crew in Colombia, South America. This gives our customers a fantastic value and it allows us total control of the entire process and the ability to consistently meet our high quality standards while maintaining a reliable delivery schedule. 

What hardware is used? Normally, the side-release buckles, loops and ladderlocks, etc. are made in Colombia by Jordao, a Colombian company that has been manufacturing high-quality plastic hardware for over two decades. For Multicam packs, the Tan 499 hardware utilized is made in the U.S.A. by ITW or Duraflex. The zippers are a product of EKA Zippers and they are also made in Colombia. It's all good stuff!

What's the fabric? For some editions, we utilize U.S.A. made Brookwood 500D or 1000D nylon, but our go-to fabrics are the Colombian-produced and most excellent Lafayette Reebag* and Huracan polyesters. In the Amazon rain forest, where it's hot, humid, and wet much of the time, high-quality polyester has proven to hold up better than nylon and, unlike nylon, it doesn't absorb water or stretch when wet. It also has a higher heat tolerance than most nylons and it doesn't stain as readily. Layfayette Reebag and Huracan are the only polyester fabrics we will utilize. This is because our research has shown them to be superior to all the other polyesters tested. They're our fabrics of choice when hard use and extended exposure to the outdoors is the norm.

     *"Lafayette Reebag polyester fabric with "Lafgard" boasts a fluid repellency of 90%.  Complies with AAMI PB70 Level 3. Reebag weighs 8.4 oz/sq yd (equivalent to 500 denier (500D) )."

What do they weigh? The packs average 6 lbs 6 oz (2.9 Kg). This includes the waist belt and internal frame sheet with its aluminum stay. Weight comparable to other well-known high-quality packs of the same approximate size in this class. (Note: The frame with aluminum stave averages right at 9.0 oz. and the waist belt 8.0 oz.)  Please note that packs made with 1000D fabric weigh several ounces more.

What are the pack's dimensions? The approximate dimensions of the pack are: (W x H x D) Main Compartment: 11.0" x 19.5" x 7.5" = 1,535 cu in (28.0 cm x 49.5 cm x 19.0 cm = 26.3 L), Buckle Close Lid Pouches: 3" x 8" x 2" = 48 cu in (7.62 cm x 20.32 cm x 5.08 cm = 0.79 L x 2 = 1.58 L), Zipper Close Lid Pouch: 8.0" x 6.0" x 1.5" (20.32 cm x 15.24 cm x 3.81 =  1.18 L), Front Pouches: 5" x 9" x 4" = 180 cu in (12.7 cm x 22.86 cm x 10.16 cm= 2.95 L x 2 = 5.9 L), Side Pouches: 6" x 10.5" x 3" = 189 cu in (15.24 cm x 26.67 cm x 7.62 cm = 3.1 L x 2 = 6.2 L). The pack measurements differ slightly from the original Eagle Industries packs with the Mk II being 1.0" wider, 1.5" deeper front-to-back, and 1.0" taller. Total Capacity is right at 41.2 liters. 

NOTE: We had people from about 5’6” and 150 pounds up to 6’1” and 230ish lbs test the packs for fit and comfort out on hikes and weekend backpacking trips and all reported that, with a bit of adjustment, the packs fit great.

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