When did PALS cross over to civvy packs?

I’ve been on a historical research path for a while now, trying to find the time when styling from the military backpack and the civilian book bag merged into the sort of “urban carry” offerings today.

We know MOLLE was patented in 1996, but when did a PALS array make its way onto a civilian-oriented pack?

A few have referenced the Nike SRB RPM backpack, circa 2002 possibly.

Anyone else able to pinpoint a year and model that might have come earlier?

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.

 

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