I have some amazing news and opportunity for you all.

A well known, upstanding, popular commercial designer and longtime supporter to this site has commenced a project to provide the best possible fully specialist packs. In this case, a medic pack.

What is going to be done here, is the initial brainstorming and consumer questioning. Hence, a unique opportunity is provided to you, the followers of Packs and Beyond to provide some input into the design of this medic pack.


Intended use:

Combined carriage of medic’s aid bag and sustainment load for long range dismounted operations.



  • Separate and/or detachable medic aid bag (end-users choice) from sustainment load. Commercial equivalent: Mystery Ranch Crewcab (Review seen HERE). This would allow a decent sustainment load to be carried, in addition to the required aid bag, in a very easy to access, simple and effective manner.

This is the preferred option.


  • Complete integrated solution, with detachable aid bag component. I foresee several issues with this though, as personal taste, an inability cater to every unit/individual SOP or requirement, as well as a lack of personal knowledge on medic loads and requirements.

Factors to consider:

  • Frame harness – ignore this one, since it has already been chosen, and it is world-leading technology and quality.
  • Accessibility and security of the load.

  • External stowage/pouches: fixed pouches or MOLLE compatible?
  • Daypack lid for other daily items, rather than medical. Or could it be used for other medical supplies if desired.


Would it be useful to be able to piggy-back the daypack lid onto the medic aid bag on removal, so that the medic has options for cold weather clothing, water, NBC PPE when the pack is dropped? Something to consider.


Addendum: I’m not to sure about this one, since I was more of a living, breathing (screaming) training aid for medics as opposed to being a care giver.


So, what I’m envisioning with this pack, is as follows:

Platoon/Coy on patrol, walking through the J to clear the En, or through a village to press the flesh.


Explosions/shots ring out, everyone goes through their drills and watching their arcs.

It’s when the screaming starts and people start calling for the Doc, that the medic will drop pack, pull his aid bag and go to work.

When everything has calmed down, casualty/s have been CASEVAC’ed and the unit goes back on task, the medic clips his aid bag back onto his pack gets back to stomping.

So, what do you seek in a pack as a medic?

We look forward to hearing your feedback.



Posted in Blog, Civilian, Military, Packs & Webbing, Specialist by with 1 comment.


  • Star says:

    I’ve been a military medic my whole career along with some time at the pointy end in Afghanistan. Although I currently run with an MR RATS packs I certainly have some great ideas on what would make the ultimate pack.

    Your on the right track but you have it the wrong way round. The sustainment gear should be removable from the Med Bag. I already have what you describe, I use an MR Overload pack and stuff my RATS onto the overload shelf when I need to ruck. I can carry everything I will ever need at once in comfort. It cost me my oldest child but it was certainly worth it.

    In my experience most medics want a pack for patrols where their sustainment a needs are low. A cross between a RATS and a CTOMS 2nd line pack system is the kind of direction your friend should be going. I do have access to he CTOMS bag as well (worst suspension on a med bag ever though).

    If your designer friend wants to discuss I am more than happy. My kit works for me, not the other way round.

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