Here's my zillion photos of assembling the DG16 bag onto the frame I have had for a few weeks.
Many are the assembly process, though I appear to have missed the jockstrap, so need to do it again. Here's a few of the notable points:
Whole kit, pre-assembly. Frame, bag, two lids, helmet holding straps and... some other straps. I forget for what.
My pack body is on the right. It is khaki, but a rather greener one than I am used to. I like it, but do not love the stripes that arise from the webbbing. NBD, as I usually run a pack cover, but there it is.
For comparison—since photo colors are not eyeball colors—the MC pack frame is to the left, and an MR CB lid is between the two.
Even if we didn't have the earlier ptototype, the complex lid is clearly derived from the MR one (to the right). The newest version has several useful organizers, I pretty much love it.
The other lid is just a typical hiking lid: not that great, tapered so hard to get stuff in and out of.
Organization example. There's more to it than this, but need video to explain well.
I immediately pulled the internal organizers, as I like big tubes. But then remembered that I have a sleep system compartment, and have no side pockets. So, stuck them back in. The tabs work well here, easy to remove, replace.
Size is nice for me, as you see it fits my gridit of campsite stuff, and BARELY fits the big australian 2l bottles. Fits anything smaller easily.
Bumped into one downside I often complain about, and change: too much the same color. Inside we don't need consistent camo, and the mesh, pack body, and lid all the same color makes it hard to load these well. Black lids and sand mesh would make it easier to use them.
Also not even sure it needs a lid at all. May tuck it inside next time. Anyway, here's what's left when the whole pack is loaded, and the inside pockets are full of water and organizers.
It's more room than it seems. Not bad. I put a tarp, a jungle blanket, a TIPS, and some other soft goods to simulate my clothes and cold WX gear up here. Still room to extend the collar if I needed to load another 40# of munitions, NODs, batteries, etc.
Radio pocket. Real one! And not really visible is another pocket behind it. Probably designed for hydro, but I can imagine some thinner radios being spare parts, spare battery, etc as well. The zipper...
Is the radio/cable/hydro passthrough to the behind your neck area. Zipper on each end, so open one or both, as far as you want. All the way to (a buddy) tuning the radio if you plan accordingly and have it high enough up, I bet.
I wouldn't mind clips to keep the zippers from opening further, and/or velcro to attach the storm flap down, but those are probably addable.
Rolled thing above the radio flap is the permanent backup lid discussed a few pages back.
Sleep compartment worried me at first. Failure point, leak point, and a lot of weight in straps and stuff. But, I think worth it.
All together, it alleviates almost all of the need for compression sacks, and pushing so you don't blow the zipper. I have in here an ICS fly, big inflatable mattress, bivy, and not-especially-small down quilt.
Assembled but empty, D16 left, Kifaru 26" hunter frame docked to most of an MR Crewcab "bag."
I am sad the belt has no molle. As you can see on the right, I like to stick just a couple things on there for hiking purposes, so will have to work around that.
Full of 40.65# of stuff.
It is — and you can tell this from the frame shape — ever so slightly teardrop shaped. Not a problem so far, but a bit wider at the bottom than I usually specify a pack to be. And if I was using the ski pockets, it might start getting in my way.