Just posted on the PEO Soldier Flikr site are some cool pics of the new medium ruck now headed to Joes in Afghanistan. This pack -- with its not quote full-sized, not quite assault-sized carrying capacity -- will certainly come in handy as the temps decline with the onset of the Afghan winter. There'll be a lot more room to stuff extra layers and food for those short OP trips.
I'm still intrigued with the external frame decision, but as the pics show, this could be a great benefit for Soldiers wearing this over body armor since it looks as if the plate could fit snugly right in between the side stays.
Anyone who has any experience with this pack please let us know what you think...