Huge ultimate RAID pack thread

Here's my RAID II. Sold my original RAID, and got this one a few months ago but only been used for light duty and one drill weekend. On left, a TAG hydration pouch (which rocks, and is very roomy). On right, an ATS upright multipurpose pouch and ATS small pouch. Overall, the RAID II has nice improvements over the original.

Also, the carry handle is perfectly sized to have a nametape sewn on, which is what I did.



Embrace the Hate

"The Bible says 'Thou shalt not kill' ... uh ... well ... Thou shalt not try to kill me either" -- Chuck Mawhinney, USMC, Vietnam

I used my buddies' Eagle RAID back in 2007, and have been looking for an Eagle RAID for my own as long as I can remember. Got lucky last week and bought one.

Not sure if anyone can give me a heads up on this, but apparently they ran out of OD webbing, as several of the straps are in Coyote Brown. Sorta wondering what that's all about.

_______________________________ Guns, Knives, Cigars, fast cars, wine, women, and the occasional scotch. That's living.

My RAID is also covered in CB webbing. Got it on sale from ATS as a mismatched or factory seconds item for a discount. I use it for wilderness search and rescue work and have been very happy with it thus far. My only gripe is the lack of a robust waist belt, but I normally wear it over my LBE and it rides on the butt-pack which actually works out very nicely weight distribution wise.
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So after toying around with this thing....I'm quite sure the pack is jumpable (not that I need to be jumping...)

Anyone know about these models? A prototype or something?

_______________________________ Guns, Knives, Cigars, fast cars, wine, women, and the occasional scotch. That's living.

basically, straps for tying it into the jump harness.

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

Is that a MESH RAID??? Limited run ?

You know you have made it big, when people copy your shit Big Grin

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The above pack is a SORD Pack made in mesh. I have just the normal one and must say a very good bit of kit. down under we are very limited to decent kit and SORD is by fair the leader.
If I could of got an original RAID without paying the same cost in postage I would of gone down that road. It was this thread that steered me towards RAID type of pack.
The British ECM sack has a full length zipper opening and is mesh as well. It's built on the same Karrimor SF platform but has the straps for ECM and the internal shelf. Not a bad alternative to those interested in a mesh style pack with a full length RAID-esque zipper.


“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” – Thomas Jefferson

I've been trying to find any source any where for old Eagle A-III accessory pouches to make it more RAIDesque like some of these and increase volume.


In whatever you choose to do,

Do it because it's hard,
Not because it's easy. -NdGT


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Good evening.

Realizing that this is the place for the huge ultimate RAID pack expertise, I have one question to ask:

Does Source Hydrationsystems wider ILPS-something bladders fit inside the sleeve inside the main compartment?

Reason for asking is that some day I'll probably be forced to use the issued bladders instead of my Camelbak because of the gas mask adaptor and a bunch of other reasons...



The only good thing about being a ground pounder in the airforce is that the higher ups don't know what I'm supposed to do, nor what I'm allowed to do. - a reflection made by me

The old $99 RAID pack is making another trip.


____________________________________________________________ "The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty." Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute "” get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed." R.A. Heinlein


BOOM! RAID 2.5. Normal RAID 2 without PALS webbing on the front or sides. Talked to Haji a few weeks ago and he was able to get one done up for me. I love the design of the RAID, but hate carrying a bag with molle all over it in public... this should do the trick. Planned use is as a travel/EDC bag...

Is the 2.5 or Cobra in mass-production these days?

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.


                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence




There are two versions of the Cobra, the 2.5 without any elastic,and the 2.6, with elastic. I believe they are in production, as I have had a 2.6 in Multicam, and one in Wolf for almost two years, along with one of each of the RAID IIs in Multicam and Wolf.


I use the Multicam ones for product demos, and the Wolf ones for traveling. A MOLLE free RAID in Wolf would be the ultimate in low vis carry on, and even a bit lighter and more compact than the RAID.


My luggage for my last couple of trips to the US (SHOT Show) has been just the RAID and Cobra as carry-on. they are both the right size, and easily hold a weeks worth of clothes for me.





Formerly known as ML

I'd love a slick Cobra if it had some kind of outer pocket to replicate the medium GP pouch most people use on the lower half. I use that pouch all the time for small items I use most often. 


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The RAID and Cobra have a flat outside pouch that I use for items that I want easy access to. I guess you could use a CAP pocket stuck just inside the opening of the Cobra if you wanted more organization.


I find that once you start attaching pouches to the outside, it begins to look a bit more "tactical", which you may want to try to avoid sometimes.





Formerly known as ML

DedEye posted:
New question: Does anyone know where to buy some compression straps made of 1" nylon with Fastex buckles? I want to loop them through the PALS webbing on the bottom of the RAID but would prefer they match color (or near enough to pass muster), and that they had QD buckles like the rest of the compression straps on the pack.

I haven't been able to find a reply to this earlier question - does anybody have a good solution for clipping gear, e.g. an isomat, to the bottom of the RAID?

I'm pretty sure that if you contact ATS, they would be willing to assist you with this.

Sometimes, if a customer comes up with a good idea, they will make it, and then offer it as a production item.



Formerly known as ML

An MP5 fits perfectly in the claymore pocket. Even has retention 


____________________________________________________________ "The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty." Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute "” get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed." R.A. Heinlein


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