DG16 – THE STORY
This pack will not declare war on your skeleton. After 35 years building outstanding backpacks for the troops you would think Maley and Marshall deserve a break. One to go boat building, the other back to forestry. Sadly for them it is not to be. As long as governments issue poor packs Crossfire ethics oblige us to keep our pack design capability alive. It is not acceptable for soldiers to have to go to war carrying packs with built in failure points, packs which compress vertebrae, crush nerve groups and displace discs. We had the mild hope that some of the firms copying our designs might actually achieve a half decent result. But they have copied the look, not the quality and function. So instead of retiring we pushed the button on tooling for a very big step up in military packs. The DG16 embodies everything we have learnt in three decades. Materials science, ergonomics, systems integration, all with beaucoup soldier feedback. This pack has been engineered from first principles. There is nothing else like it, anywhere.
DG16 Polymer Frame The trick is to source aerospace level resin and invest in vastly expensive high pressure injection moulds. Then use finite element analysis to tune the frame to flex at the same rate as the human back. Too little flex, like metal frames, forces the hips and shoulders to fight with every stride. Fatiguing. Overflexing forces the shoulders to fight angular momentum as the load swings wide with each step. Waste of energy. The DG16 flexes just right, hips and shoulders move freely, stride is longer and less exhausting. Active ventilation keeps things cool, reminding you of ALICE. The window shape snugs over a body armour plate. The harness system can be quickly set at different levels to accommodate different torso lengths.
DG16 Shoulder Harness We don’t slap some fabric over a piece of foam and call it a shoulder strap. We would call that rope. The harness arms are laminated from multiple layers of speciality, expensive materials. Plastic plate reinforcements distribute heavy loads, memory foams to customise to the user. Shoulder straps are shaped and tapered to work over CBA and smoothly transfer load away from the brachial plexus nerve group. The whole shoulder harness yoke assembly can be quickly extended up or retracted down with three height settings built into the webbing attachments.
Shoulder Release It is our belief that any pack which uses a 25mm plastic side release buckle as a load element is not fit for service. Such a culpable object should be recalled and destroyed before it injures the user. Such buckles were never intended for heavy, load-bearing use. They can release or break inadvertently, slewing the fully loaded pack and wrenching the spine. The DG16 shoulder harness uses reliable, strong yet easy-to-release-under-load military-proven buckles. Because we really do care.
Hip Belt System Choose the set up according to personal preference and type of rig. There are three plug-in adjustment levels for the padded components so they can be tuned to back length, set high to clear a belt rig, or set low to hip load. Or remove hip fins and use lumbar loading.
DG16 Pack Bag User designed, just brilliant. Walk through the gallery photos or read on down the comprehensive list of design features follows, and be amazed just how diligent we are in providing the features required in the infantries home away from home. There it is . Crossfire should register as a charity . There is no money in this project, we make these outstanding packs because we can. And no one else does. Our troops deserve to train and go to war with gear which enhances their combat capacity. You are welcome.
DG16 Colour Choices and Sizes DPCU, TBas Khaki, Black. One pack bag and frame size, fully torso-length-adjustable harness settings.
DG16 LONG RANGE – COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN FEATURE LIST
DG16 POLYMER FRAME (PATENT APPLIED): Perfect flex-control by engineered, torsion-box design; precise, stable pack bag integration (every component of this pack was designed in unison); three simple, rapid, height-adjustment keyholes for the hip belt module; two shoulder harness width setting options, open central window assists stable integration with body armour; comes fitted with a simple, (detachable) plate retainer; has standard ALICE width at top so any ALICE-compatible pack bag can be hung on the DG16 frame and harness platform; provided with a hole pattern to bolt on a custom-made bottom support bracket when the pack bag is removed and the platform used for other load carrying.
DG16 SHOULDER HARNESS ASSEMBLY Integrated yoke design with top-stabiliser straps and tensioned mesh panel; three quick and simple height adjustments built into the yoke anchor webbing; multi-laminated harness arm memory foam padding and pressure dispersal plates; multiple top-stabiliser strap fail-safe take-off points; flat, clutter-free harness arm faces; fully adjustable, detachable, full-wrap chest strap; military-proven and approved, fail-safe quick-release buckles that work under load, fitted with fabric covers.
DG16 HIP BELT Three-section main pad system with extender wing pads easily added or removed (included); multi-laminated memory foam; adjustable contour to match any body shape; directly supported behind by the double-camber curves of the DG16 frame; simple, slip-free bayonet attachment to the frame at a choice of three height positions; can be configured as a fully-functioning hip-loading harness or as a stable back pad when used above a belt rig.
DG16 PACK BAG Military long-range volume, single compartment bag with lower access; configurable as double-compartment bag by fastening the built-in divider shelf in the horizontal position; EVA foam sandwich base panel virtually eliminates abrasion wear; multiple access options: top access via resistance-free, easily operated, double-draw-cord throat (use of metal eyelets eliminated), top access via horizontal radio/hydration tube zip above frame, side radio access via long vertical zips with interlocking cover flaps – both sides, wide bottom access via fold-out zipped gusset; weight-saving IAS/MOLLE Crossfire 20/30 webbing bands on all available external surfaces; ET front pouch and lower side pouches (all Hypalon reinforced internally, both faces); side IAS on separate panels, fully open at back; hydration bladder pouch and radio attachment IAS panel, fitted with necessary webbing straps, inside the pack body face; full compression strap system – side, bottom and over-throat; internal lower bag compression strap system; (detachable) helmet attachment web net fitted to back panel; all crucial side-release buckles field-replaceable in seconds.
DG16 TOP COVER OPTIONS – ALL STANDARD The pack bag is fitted with a basic, shaped fabric top cover that rolls up and fastens back when used – the lightest set-up. Two other (detachable) top cover options are provided: a shaped, elasticated, height-adjustable top cover with mesh pouch under – zip-accessible from above and under, soft-lined eye-wear pouch and IAS/MOLLE bands on top. The second, comprehensive option is an articulated, dual-compartment, daypack-convertible, height-adjustable top cover with IAS/MOLLE bands, covered glint panel and soft-lined eye-wear pouch built-in.
DG16 PACK MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION Main fabric: 500 denier, high-tenacity, textured nylon; Webbing: Mil-spec construction and UV-fastness. All disruptive pattern webbing is jacquard woven not after-printed; Zips: proven, heavy-duty polyester coil; Fittings: Nylon, Acetal or corrosion-protected steel, according to application and loading; Stitching: highest-quality, high-tenacity bonded nylon; lock-stitched, reinforced, tape-bound seams; centre-start bar tacks on all IAS/MOLLE webbing bands and at every stress-concentration in the pack bag and harness assemblies.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS Crossfire offers a range of IAS compatible pouches. Refer to Pack Accessories on this website.