Sneak Peek: Crossfire DG-16

Our friends at Crossfire Australia have sent their latest generation patrol pack for me to examine.


It’s pretty exciting to see this one, since I’ve played a small role in design development.





More will come out in the full review, but to whet your appetite:

  • 85L capacity.
  • Space-age frame, compatible with combat body armour.
  • Quick release harness straps, something I’ve personally been bleating to the design team for years about.
  • Revolutionary materials.
  • Removable hip-belt for those wearing belt-webbing.
  • All the usual excellence in design that one expects from Crossfire.



A full review will be conducted and published down the track.

Posted in Blog, Crossfire, Military by with 12 comments.


  • Very nice design. Can I ask what the pack material is composed of? Thank you. JD

  • 22F says:

    G’day Jonathan,

    The packbag material is 500D nextec dyed cordura.
    A lot more detail will be coming out in the review.

    Hope this helps mate.

  • Jr. says:

    Any rough idea on when it’s likely this will be available for purchase from Crossfire? Tossing up between waiting, and picking up a dirt-cheap dg3.

  • MTC says:

    Any update on the full review mate?

  • 22F says:

    Coming mate! Coming!

    There’s been a few things going on behind the scenes and real life to delay this one.
    Your patience is appreciated.

  • Jacko2549 says:

    For those tossing up whether to buy one of these while waiting for a full review my recommendation is an unreserved YES!
    I’ve spent a lot of money looking for the best military pack and right now this is it! You’ll need to pouch out the outside yourself so that’s an additional cost to consider but it’ll serve you well for decades.
    Even if you don’t like the pack the frame will fit any Alice style pack including the new adf issue and is quite simply the best and most versatile military frame in world bar none.
    Do your spine and shoulders a favour! I mounted it to my old wilderness equipment pack and it’s an unbeatable combination!

  • Diz says:

    Hey Guys: Got the DG-16 frameset and it is the Shiite. Huge improvement over the 1606 frame and any other suspension. Will be testing out the DG-16 bag shortly. Practically any ALICE style bag will work but I think their bag really gives you the full value of the system. I am amazed and thankful I have found this pack system, thanks to 22F.

    • 22F says:

      Thanks for poking your nose in Diz!

      I’m really looking forward to hearing your feedback on this.
      Hopefully, we get to meet at AUSA soon.

      • Diz says:

        Yeah mate, so far I’ve been testing it out on a manky LBT mod, and hope to get a proper bag soon. But even with this bag, basically modified to fit on a 1606, the ride is very good. I really think they have a winner here, for those that want the comfort and balance of an internal, but need the load-carrying and ventilation of an external.

        And yeah, hope to see u at the AUSA.

  • Diz says:

    Hey Guys:
    Got the DG-16 bag and frameset for a complete system now. All I can say is wow. This is a fantastic system. For military applications, where an external framed, short back ruck is needed, this system is the best I have seen yet. Between it, and the new DG-3, I have a complete system of external rucks for military applications. If they make a small, Yote-sized assault pack, I’ll be over the moon.

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