Saturday, February 28, 2015

Australian Army Crossfire DG-8 SF


The DG-8 SF is built tough. Crossfire claim that it’s designed to last and they don’t exaggerate. The quality in the materials and workmanship is excellent. It’s a complex design with a ton of features that cater for professional soldiers’ needs.

The rucksack is made from 1000D Cordura and can be split into two interior compartments. The bottom houses a sealed dry bag style sleeping bag compartment with roll top closure. The sleeping bag compartment can be accessed via a side opening without having to go through the top of the pack. It has ample room for a loose bivy bag and a 3-4 season sleeping bag. The main top compartment is massive. The walls have large netting pockets sewn in place for arranging gear internally. The pack comes with a radio harness and water bladder pouch that are detachable and an extra large dry bag. The interior of the lid has an internal pouch with spare parts in case you have a blow out in the field. Admittedly I don’t get impressed easily by kit but this level of detail is pretty cool.

There are six external pouches sewn in place and an entrenching tool pouch on the lower front. The four small pouches are big enough to fit SADF two litre water bottles. Some guys prefer their large field packs to be modular (have Molle/PALS webbing for attaching pouches). I find that with large modular packs I always try to re-create the same pouch configuration. I was immediately happy with the DG-8’s layout so I’ve had no issues with lack of flexibility. I don’t find this the case with smaller assault packs (40-60 litres) because modularity can greatly assist in scaling up or down load carrying ability subject to tasking.

Product Specs

Dimensions: 62cm (H) x 32cm (W) x 26-34cm (D)
Volume: 130L or 7,933 cubic inches (packed to shoulder level) 110 litres 130 litres with pouches
Weight: 5.20 kg

Colours: Tan, DPCU
Accessories: Large dry bag, radio harness, water bladder carrier, spare buckles and straps

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