What is an ALICE pack?

What is an ALICE pack?

ALICE (all-purpose lightweight individual carrying equipment) is an equipment attachment system and accessory set officially adopted by the military in 1973. The ALICE pack has been phased out of military service, but some units still prefer to use this style today. ALICE packs were designed as a two component system.  First, the belt system, with entrenching carrier, two small cases, canteen cover and suspenders. Second, the elements comprising the bag itself which include the cover, bag and frame.

What’s good about ALICE?

One of the main advantages of the ALICE setup is its ruggedness. This pack is capable of carrying large loads and have the added benefit of being moisture resistant. There are no zippers to break, allowing for some serious gear stuffing.  I happen to know from experience that a US Marine can pack ALL necessary field gear into one of these puppies.  ALICE packs can be used with or without a frame but the external frame definitely helps balance the load – otherwise, these packs get pretty center-fat.