REVIEW: AWS Inc. Assault Pack aka "Yote"

I was going to run a review in Mac's format but all I have access to at the moment is an iPad and it would be difficult, but I finally took some important pics of the pack fully loaded with items from my "must have" capabilities list for an assault pack found here:  http://www.lightfighter.net/to...-3rd-line-gray-areas

 

I won't bore anyone with a rundown of the features of this 500 denier, detachable strap and direct-to-armor mountable pack.  There's a video for that, found here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xKwyyHyRXaY

 

I picked mine up for something like $124.00, direct from AWS.  Coyote is the lowest price and the website (http://www.awsin.com/proddetail.asp?prod=50657) says that these packs are an overrun item and "won't last long". There is an optional special strap kit which allows the user to attach it to an armor carrier and flip it to the front while leaving it attached, but I currently do not have a need for that feature.  What I needed was a hydration carrier (let's remember what the Eagle Yote started out as) for dismounted use, sans armor, that I could plus up as required.  I have a range of other hydration rigs, "assault packs",  3-day packs, etc. that were either not up to carrying more than water and a few additional items, or had a lot of excess bag to go around when it wasn't stuffed to the gills with gear (hello RAID).  The Eagle Yote has been unobtainable for some time, so I stopped looking until someone mentioned the AWS Inc. option.

 

I prefer to be able to scale up and bolt on pouches as required, to perform certain tasks and carry mission-specific equipment, and the AWS "Yote" does that very well.

 

I'm never going to carry a helmet in the detachable beavertail, but I could end up carrying an odd-shaped item.  From the assault pack thread listed above, we spent a lot of time talking about the roles an assault pack needs to fill, and when you look at a requirement to move ammunition up to an ATK/SBF position, the beavertail comes in handy (that is a 200-rd 7.62mm ammo can tucked in there and I did so do demo the possibilities).  

 

One of my requirements for the optimal assault pack is an ability to carry a leader's tool, 100 rds of belted ammo, an optic, a biometric device, an APERS mine, etc.  After I loaded the Source 3L bladder, I stuffed the bottom of the pack with a USMC lightweight Gortex wet weather top, then placed a leader's notebook case atop that.

 

The most significant improvement that AWS made over the Eagle Yote are the 3 colums of PALS on the sides of the pack.  I attached the 1L bottle pouches you see in the pics, and those could easily be replaced by M4 double, aerial signaling device, suppressor, optic, IFAK, vertical ute, etc. pouches to expand the cube carried.  As shown the pack had 5L aboard.  Water is a critical lifeline and this amount is roughly half the recommended intake amount for arid, hot weather climates across a 24-hour period.  Go short on water and your performance degrades.  Then you become a liability.  End of story.

 

 

 

Behind the side PALS arrays are flat pockets capable of holding 5.56 or 7.62 magazines, pyro, det charges, etc.  I neglected to take the 2x PMAGs out to display in the final loadout tally, but they were accessible while the pack was fully loaded.

 

 

There was one irregularity in the stitching, at the top row of the PALS array on the right side of the pack.  For whatever reason, there is a single strip of tape there, without vertical stitching to the appropriate MOLLE dimensions.

 

The fastex buckles on the beavertail straps have a cheap feel to them, but I suspect that's just a function of their size. I'm going to pick up a repair kit of split buckles and toss them in a pocket for the future.

 

The map, pistol mag, TQ, boo-boo kit, camera, and signalling panel were easily tucked away in the pouch on the face of the beavertail.  The other two slit pouches will really only be able to hold flat, non-crushable items if the pack is fully loaded.

 

I used this pack all over my last vacation spot, carrying a full load of water, wet weather tops, and food items.  I am going to work it over an armor carrier, but I already believe that if properly balanced and not overloaded, the pack will fit fairly comfortably.  You can't defeat physics though, and as with all packs and armor, discomfort of some degree is inevitable.

 

There are complaints out there about the pack not having any back mesh or bollards, and therefore inducing sweat.  Yeah, I get that, and if you are going to run this for A/S or recreation, that may be relevant to you.  

 

I'd take this pack into a dismounted fight, as an example of a true assault pack, any day.

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Mad respect for Brando and the perseverance in his current fight.

Original Post

Great review

 

Any chance you can get a clear picture of the rear?

 

Reckon you can get dual tube NVGs in a padded case in the pocket on the front of the beavertail?

 

Need to get off my arse and try and get one ordered from AWS

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Originally Posted by sky potato:

Great review

 

Any chance you can get a clear picture of the rear?

 

Reckon you can get dual tube NVGs in a padded case in the pocket on the front of the beavertail?

 

Need to get off my arse and try and get one ordered from AWS

On second thought, the padded case might have to be left behind, but I think they could.  Maybe Krax or someone else with a Yote, who have used dual tubes, can comment on the possibility.

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Thanks.  I wanted to do one to the standard you have started here, but I couldn't invest the same amount of time and I knew that stocks of this pack could be fleeting.

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...with liberty and justice FOR ALL.  

 

Mad respect for Brando and the perseverance in his current fight.

I've been using the shit out of my Yote since I got it 2 years ago- it's easily one of my favorite pieces of kit. I can carry water, some snivel, and a little extra without getting weighted down. Thing is Yote's are hard to find and expensive.

This seems like an awesome alternative- awhile ago they had a sale on the Multicam version and I really should've picked one up as a spare. 

 

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The AWS version is money. The best part is that the beaver tail zips off, unlike the Eagle version.

 

Regarding dual tubes: Sentinels fit as well, but with padding (cut up 1/4" compression foam) it's a tight squeeze.

"We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful."

Check.  Same one as in the pictures.  It's snug, but the plastic insert into the back panel helps prevent the bag shape from deforming a lot.

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...with liberty and justice FOR ALL.  

 

Mad respect for Brando and the perseverance in his current fight.

Can any one post a picture wear with or mount to armor?

 

Very interested in pulling the trigger on this 

 

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Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

Originally Posted by avn mech:

Can any one post a picture wear with or mount to armor?

 

Very interested in pulling the trigger on this 

 

This is my Yote which is almost identical. I use the shoulder straps so I don't have to bug anyone to get shit out. Love this set up.

 

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Two questions
1) the straps are small enough to not get in the way?

2) Flight suit huh?

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Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

Originally Posted by avn mech:
2) Flight suit huh?

I got addicted to A2CU's on deployment, they're my go to field uniform.

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Joined: 2/21/04          Location: Seattle,  WA

I can think of better quality and equally price uniforms??

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Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

I spoke with CS and its back ordered for 4 weeks...... time to wait 

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Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

Originally Posted by PlasticMag:

The website needs to be updated. I think they were overruns that then became regularly stocked items.

That makes sense, because AWS would be crazy to not keep them coming off the assembly line at the cyclic rate.  It is a measurably better bag than the Eagle version.

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Mad respect for Brando and the perseverance in his current fight.

Originally Posted by jcustisredux:

Sounds like they're not overruns like the website says.  That's good news.

 

What color did you order?

MC Order, placed over phone. CS was a little pissed. Hey when the website says "its not secure" WTF do you want me to do. 

She said 4-6 week wait.   . 

 

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Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

Originally Posted by avn mech:
Originally Posted by jcustisredux:

Sounds like they're not overruns like the website says.  That's good news.

 

What color did you order?

MC Order, placed over phone. CS was a little pissed. Hey when the website says "its not secure" WTF do you want me to do. 

She said 4-6 week wait.   . 

 

They're probably a little torqued because a sales have spiked for that SKU# item.

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End of year funding, people spending that government chedder put a delay on my happiness.

Money does buy me happiness.

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Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

FEDEX ground, ETA tomorrow.
Really looking forward to this pack.

"Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide." - Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

 

Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

Needs:

A new (I don't have a MC pack) MC EDC/Hydration platform. The EDC side needs to be able to carry daily admin crap and misc garrison "stuff" where a 3 day pack was too large.  The Hydration side needed to integrate with armor  using Molle and shoulder straps would be a nice option. Also carry morning PT admin items i.e. water, risk assessment and cell phone. 

 

Observation:

At unboxing I thought that the webbing felt "questionable" as to its durability. That was PROVEN to not be a problem. The beaver tail has been a great option vs. digging into a pack. 

 

Current Config:

In uniform EDC. Addons are TYR uti and TYR IFAK all in MC.  

 

Future plans:

Uti to replace the IFAK, when the IFAK gets transferred to 2nd line Rack.

3L bladder 

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Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

What pouches are yall putting on the sides? I'm looking to add a couple Nalgenes or have room for spare stripped MRES. I can fine vertical pouches 2 or 4 columns wide, but having trouble finding one thats the 3x4 on the sides.

EDIT: SORD Large Utility Pouches seem to be the only thing close - but not a fan of the fastex buckles, would rather have a zipper.

I have a TYR MED. Uti (5*9, IIRC) . That will fit a bottle and has a zipper. 

"Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide." - Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

 

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JSteensen posted:

What pouches are yall putting on the sides? I'm looking to add a couple Nalgenes or have room for spare stripped MRES. I can fine vertical pouches 2 or 4 columns wide, but having trouble finding one thats the 3x4 on the sides.

EDIT: SORD Large Utility Pouches seem to be the only thing close - but not a fan of the fastex buckles, would rather have a zipper.

Are you dead set on putting a three column pouch on the sides?  The HSGI nalgene pouch in the pics above is a two column one and though it scrunches up the fabric a bit, it doesn't compromise internal volume.

Now that I think about it, the side pockets could hold a stripped down MRE apiece, allowing for a day supply of food if MREs are how you roll. 

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Mad respect for Brando and the perseverance in his current fight.

TT zip utilities are 3 wide as well 

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