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Backpack Alternative: WEB Gear

Over the years I have tried many things out in the field and one thing I found that works really well for those of you that don’t like a heavy pack is WEB gear, sometimes known as LBE (Load Bearing Equipment).

In this guest article my friend Chuck shows us how WEB Gear can be a great alternative to backpacks if you need less weight and more maneuverability than a Bug Out Bag


WEB Gear H HarnessI prefer the H-Harness to any other kind. They also have a Y-Harness, but I prefer the weight distribution of the H.  With either of these you have the ability to put a compass pouch on one shoulder and a knife one the other. I know it sounds like a bad movie but having those on your harness is a good thing.

I found that a Cold Steel SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) works well for the knife because of the sheath. Also, on the either harness is a spot for a sleeping bag once it is in the synch strap. I like that feature because is hangs down your back out of the way.


M4 M16 Magazine PouchTo outfit my web belt I like to use M-16 magazine pouches, but I take out the magazine dividers first. Here is a list of everything I’m able to carry in the pouches and around the belt of the harness:


On Belt

Butt Pack

  • Two pair of socks and underwear wrapped up in a water resistant bag and compressed
  • MREs (without the cardboard boxes) enough for three days
  • Small roll of toilet paper around a dowel rod
  • Folding Saw
  • MREA small first aid kit:
  • 20 alcohol prep pads
  • 75 Band-Aids of various sizes
  • 4 ace bandages
  • Needles and thread
  • Eye drops
  • Saline solution
  • Tweezers
  • Scalpel with disposable blades
  • Another mini flash light
  • Chest wound compress
  • Three slings

On the bottom of the butt pack is my poncho which can be used as a shelter, rain gear, water gatherer, or a ground mat. Almost all I carry can be used for multiple purposes.


9mm Ammuntion I carry in a low riding tactical sling on my right side with spare mags. I try to make sure I have at least 120 rds for my pistol.

I am always open to suggestions on how to improve my set up but this is a good list to start from.

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