Grey Ghost Gear has a large but limited edition run of Pencott camouflage Lightweight Assault Packs available on their website. They're available in Sandstorm, Badlands and Greenzone, made in 500D (LiteLok is only available in Coyote Brown and MultiCam right now) and only weigh about 70% of similar weight packs. The Lightweight Assault Pack was originally designed around the premise that too much space is a Bad Thing. "Traditional three-day packs were too big for our day patrols in Iraq," advised Grey Ghost Gear. "Joe was always filling it too full, and we'd have to come through and pull stuff out. We feel like the ability to mount it directly is pivotal. The taper on this pack is made for getting in and out of vehicles like MRAPs and Strykers. As for the patterns, we did it in Pencott because we wanted to do something new and different."
Initially designed around the IOTV; it will attach to most any sort of traditional external armor you might be wearing. Though it was put together for military use, the Lightweight Assault Pack is an excellent size for someone's business EDC or on a college campus. It will easily hold a laptop, tablet or books. It's comprised of one main compartment and a side entry front pocket, webbing for attachment of modular accessories and additional pouches as well as padded shoulder straps that will stow away when not in use. It will attached directly to larger packs as well as armor and modular packs, of course.
The Pencott pattern operator packs are built in the USA with heavy duty zippers, sternum strap, drag handle, hook-and-loop material as well as a 3-liter hydration pocket. Total cargo capacity is just a little less than 1,200 cu. in.
The first production run has proven to be immensely popular and GGG has given several away over the last few weeks on their Facebook page. In fact, counting the packs and stuff sacks given away as part of a promotional deal there on Facebook, Grey Ghost Gear has given away and shipped over $11,000 worth of gear since the first part of June. When I spoke to them last they advised they would be running additional Facebook specials over the next few weeks, beginning with something for Father's Day this weekend. You can Like their Facebook page here. Other upcoming specials will also be announced via e-mail; if you're not a MyFacer or whatever, sign up for their e-mail here.