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The J79 Skycrane II is a modular load bearing system consisting of three primary bags: the basic J79 pack, the pull-out G1 “Little Brother” pack, and a removable fanny/courier pack. The A3SS Tactical Weapon carrier, our other Side Scabbards, and a variety of components can be added to make a seamless pack system that can be selectively configured and optimized to a variety of missions. The basic J79 pack has a fully adjustable, robust internal aluminum/plastic frame system which can be optimized for direct-to-back carry or over-armor carry.
Unique proprietary features enable the weapons carriers to be used singly or in combination, and to be mounted to either the J79 or G1 packs. Both the J79 and G1 are compatible with PRC-117 type radios and other modern battlefield communications gear.
Eberlestock made the J79 visually similar to our G4 Operator and F4 Terminator backpacks. This family of pack systems leads the way in modern military pack design, in which entire units can be fitted with packs suited to individual specialties. Because the packs have similar visual characteristics, identification of snipers and other specialist personnel will be more difficult for the enemy.
The J79 is the second-generation Skycrane, developed from the J263 Skycrane I. The J263 was extremely well liked by soldiers in the field, who found it to be the best platform available for carrying modern heavy-class sniper rifles.
The original J263 model was a pretty big pack. As the idea evolved into the J79 Skycrane II, one of the changes that we decided upon was to make the new pack narrower in the frame. This way, when the J79 is in the compact mode, it's a nicely proportioned rucksack, in what we consider the ideal dimensions for a multi-day military pack. It's scaled the same as the G4 Operator and the F4 Terminator, and has the unique ability to either grow or reduce its size depending on the mission.
The J79 is a modular, scalable pack system. It is a truly innovative approach to pack design, and it's very effective. The Skycrane II is a very nice high performance backpack. It's built around a 2300 cubic inch internal frame pack that employs our patented Cam Expansion system and that weighs only 6.5 lbs. The basic pack, unlike most pack frames, has some essential storage capacity, so you will always have hydration and survival gear storage, no matter which way you configure the system. Its unique design allows it to perform exceptionally well in a variety of configurations. It is reducible all the way down to a fanny pack, and scalable all the way up to a full-scale 7975 cubic inch freighter that can tackle anything from an M4 to the M107 Barrett to a boat motor. The system has a variety of gear compartments and storage spaces that are designed for flexibility, ease of operation, and accessibility. It has the rugged, field-proven construction that has been impressing customers around the world. Above all, it is designed for comfort, to ride well day after day, and to increase the agility of those who are lucky enough to have a J79 Skycrane II at the heart of their mission-essential gear.
Any of the Side Scabbards will work with the J79 system. In fact, you can combine up to three of them in the main pack to carry multiple weapons. The A3SS Tactical Weapon Scabbard, a configurable carrier, is capable of being rigged to contain virtually any man-portable weapon. It links to the J79 pack's main frame panel, or can be inserted into the G1 Little Brother.
Weight 11lbs 12oz, Capacity 2300-7975 cu inches
Posted by Paul on 24th Dec 2015
I had to wait a Month longer because they were out of the packs, but i can say it was well worth the wait, i have looked it over to examine the craftsmenship, and i am very Pleased with the Quality and work that went into my Operator Pack, there is plenty of room for what you need, I Believe this is the Best Pack on the Market..
Posted by Unknown on 27th Mar 2013
I am a light infantryman in the mountains of Colorado and have had my eye on eberlestock packs for years. When I unboxed this bag, my initial reaction was to be overwhelmed. There are countless straps, pouches, panels, zippers, and compartments. This is definitely a bag that will require a good few hours of study and configuration, but it's worth it once you figure out how to use all of the provided features. For a light infantryman (not necessarily mechanized), the integrated assault pack (G1 Little Brother) is incredible. The fanny pack on top is perfect for either an E&E kit or a light Recon Kit (Optics etc). This bag allows you to leave your ruck in one position while taking only what you need to the fight or to the hide site. The same thing is accomplished clumsily by strapping the issued assault pack to the top of a MOLLE ruck. But, like I said, it's clumsy, loud and awkward. The comfort of this pack is second to none, however many kifaru and mystery ranch packs accomplish the same level of comfort. I cannot speak to durability at this point as I believe that review shouldn't come for at least 2 years of use. But, the construction seems to be bulletproof.