This lightweight pack weighs in at just over 1.5 pounds is a streamlined version of the original Ares Armor design with a couple slight modifications for exclusive distribution through PredatorBDU.com. A major emphasis for the new kit is exclusive use of the PenCott™ Multi-Environment Camouflage patterns. It will be provided with all three Hyde Definition designs, which include GreenZone (Temperate), Badlands (Transitional), and Sandstorm (Desert).
Some key highlights for the Combat XII-MEC Pack which carry over the legacy of its antecedent are the top mount magazine holder, which can securely hold six easy access 5.56 Mags and a direct to armor carrier attachment system for free range of motion. Three compartments make up main stores including a large main compartment for up to two 3 Liter Hydration Bladders and excess space for MRE’s, and other provisions. Two rear pouches allow for carrying additional magazines, first aid, and any additional equipment needed for a day assault. The major differential with the new design is the lack of PALS webbing on the rear pouches. Predator Intelligence had some military customers voice their discerning taste for pack that would provide for more concealment along with a minimized need for the added pouches. However, the side webbing was kept on the main compartment to maintain a certain degree of individual customization.
The other major focus of the Combat XII-MEC Pack was the use of Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns. Each colorway option is meant to provide a necessary customization to the area of operation’s terrain in which it is intended. These multiple camouflage patterns also fulfill the needs of the US Army’s camouflage improvement effort for which they have been submitted. In addition to this pursuit, the PenCott Patterns have also been utilized by a rising contingent of Special Ops Forces.
The Combat XII-MEC Pack is now available at PredatorBDU.com for $146.99 with Free Shipping within CONUS and to APO/FPO addresses.