Figure 2-9.--Lower part of pack frame.
2. 1 each strap, lower back
3. 1 each strap, waist
4. 1 each strap, shoulder, without quick release
5. 1 each strap, shoulder, with quick release
6. 1 each shelf, cargo support
7. 2 each strap, cargo tie-down
8. 1 each pack, combat, medium
Figure 2-10.--Attaching shoulder and waist straps to pack frame.
9. 1 each pack, combat, large
10. 1 each cover, field pack, camouflage (for either
Frame with the medium pack attached to it (fig.
medium or large pack)
ADJUSTING THE PACK FRAME LOWER
ATTACHING THE SHOULDER STRAPS.--
BACK STRAP.-- Your pack frame is used to carry cargo
One strap is for your right shoulder, and the other, with
or the large pack. Sometimes it can be used to carry the
the quick-release assembly, is for your left shoulder. The
medium pack, but not under normal circumstances.
quick-release assembly is described later in this chapter.
For your maximum comfort in load carrying, the
The following three steps for attaching the existence
frame is built with an adjustable lower back strap to keep
load shoulder and waist straps correspond to the three
the load away from your back and to allow air
actions shown in figure 2-10:
circulation between your back and the load (fig. 2-9).
1. Insert the looped end of the strap from the
When the turnbuckle is screwed tight, the strap is almost
INSIDE of the frame through the nylon ring at the
flat. If your waist is small, the turnbuckle should be
bottom side, thread the strap through the loop, and pull
loosened enough to allow the back strap to curve in and
fit against your lower back.
2. Insert the webbing at the top of the strap through
ATTACHING YOUR EXISTENCE LOAD
the metal keeper on the top of the frame, through the
SHOULDER AND WAIST STRAP.-- The shoulder
buckle, and pull tight. The padded end of the strap
straps are used with the following carriers:
should normally be under the frame bar.
Like the shoulder straps, the waist straps also are
Frame when used to carry a load with the cargo
made with a quick-release assembly. The pull tab is
shelf attached to it
shown on the strap assembled to the frame. Attach the
Frame with the large pack attached to it
strap with the pull tab, either on the left or right of the
frame, depending on which hand you use to pull it open.
Medium pack without the frame