Not long ago I put some of these Arcteryx assault packs up for sale. They’re military surplus and have seen some use, but for the most part they’re in pretty good shape, if a little dirty.
So this weekend I decided to see what they would look like if I washed a couple to get the dust off. I was actually quite happy with the results. In the top picture you can see two of the packs before they were washed.
Before I washed it there’s a piece of hard plastic that helps the pack keep it’s shape
stuffed inside the back of the pack that I removed. Simply unzip the pocket and pull the plastic out. I folded the plastic backing a little in order to get it to come out smoothly.
In the bottom picture you can see how clean they came out after a regular wash in the washing machine. To be fair the top picture and bottom picture were taken in different light. The top one was taken in my basement with a flash and the bottom photo was taken in natural sunlight. But the difference before they went in and after they came out was quite noticeable.
I have two of these bags myself and love them. They are tough and carry just enough gear for me to use as a GHB. I also use one of them as my every day hiking pack as well. If I head out into the woods that pack is on my back. Here’s a review of the assault pack I did about a year ago.
Now, if you’re interested in picking one of these packs up please head on over to The SHTF Store and order one.
Some of these packs also had a little damage and if you’re interested in prices on those email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk price. Most of the damage is in the way of a strap missing (a noncritical one) or maybe a buckle missing. What I’m describing does not render the pack unusable in any way. I can send you pictures of the damage if you’re interested.