How to Rig an ALICE Pack


A.L.I.C.E stands for All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment. The ALICE pack was the primary backpack system used by U.S. military troops from the 1970s until the late 90s. ALICE packs were known for rugged durability and a large carrying capacity for combat gear. These packs are also known for being somewhat difficult to put together. The ALICE pack requires rigging to an external metal frame and attaching the shoulder straps and kidney belt.

  • Insert the top of the pack frame into the envelope located on the top of the pack. Pull down on the pack until snug on both top corners.

  • Loop the pack's bottom corner webbing strap through the pack frame corner bar twice. Pull the webbing back through the buckle and pull tight. Repeat for the other corner webbing.

  • Set the pack down flat, with the inside of the frame -- the side that rests on your back -- facing up.

  • Slide the kidney pad onto the frame bottom via the envelope located on both corners of the kidney pad. Attach the turnbuckle at the center, behind the padded side of the kidney pad. Turn the lock-nut clockwise to tighten the pad.

  • Insert the shoulder strap's bottom looped end from the inside of the frame through the nylon grommet at the frame's bottom side corner. Pull the strap through the loop and pull tight. Repeat for the other shoulder strap.

  • Insert the shoulder strap's top webbing through the metal keeper located on top of the frame. Pull the webbing back down through the strap buckle and pull tight. Ensure that the strap's padded side faces the inside of the frame. Repeat for the other shoulder strap.

  • Insert the quick release waist strap's looped end through the frame's rear corner bar. If right handed, place the quick release strap on the frame's right corner. Thread the whole strap back through the loop. Repeat for the opposite side.

Tips & Warnings

  • Three ALICE pack sizes are available. Small, medium and large ALICE packs can all be used for overnight backpacking or backcountry trekking.
  • Do not exceed the recommended weight capacity when loading the pack. This can cause damage to the pack and possible back injury.
  • Always load your pack properly to evenly disperse weight on your back.

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