quote:I think it should be broken down into a few packs,
This is pretty much the way I see it as well.
In some ways we're already there. We just need to substitute what's in the system for something that fills the roles better.
Hydration carrier with additional cargo capacity: swap out the existing hydration carrier for one already on the market. There are plenty of good ones out there. Getting this piece of gear right really matters.
To me there is no gray area on this item. The hydration carrier is very solidly in second line territory. It's part of the fighting load.
Middle pack (assault/3-day/patrol... nomenclature is killing this concept) swap out the Jansport for something that doesn't suck. It will get used way more than the large ruck. Getting this piece of gear right really matters.
Field ruck: frankly, form factor is simply not a major issue. We don't fight with these, they're just carried from place to place. Pick it up, hump it, put it down, do what you came here to do. While it's nice to have a good pack, we don't need the perfect pack for this application.