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The Skycrane. Undoubtedly the
most interesting backpack in the world.
Check this pack out and then
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see the new J79 Skycrane II!
|[Reports from the
field:] "I had the Skycrane out during an op. The first thing
I noticed was the comfort while wearing the IBA (Interceptor Body Armor)
A lot different due to its... size, padding, and the ability to carry a
lot of weight... I noticed the distribution of the weight to the hips
rather than weighing down on my back as my issued large alice pack does.
I carried out mission essentials and 12 liters of water for sustainment
in the pack. The shooting mat also came in handy not only as a shooting
mat but an insulator between me and the ground, its still cold here at
"Just wanted to say thanks for making
great gear. I'm currently deployed in Iraq... Our battalion ordered a
bunch of Skycrane rucks for us. I love 'em! They are great packs. They
are extremely versatile. I can load them up for multiday missions or
collapse them for 6-12 hour stints. And the suspension sytem is
great...just like a civilian internal frame pack. I'm so impressed."
The J263, shown on this page, has been replaced by the J79 Skycrane II.
Click here to
see the new J79.
...is an easy to use,
full-featured pack unlike anything that has ever come before it.
It's easy and fun to use, and is designed to have such a variety of uses
that you will find it capable of doing just about anything, great or
small, that you'd want to do with a backpack.
It's comfortable, diverse, rugged, and, well, full of superlatives.
The J263 Skycrane introduces
a new concept: a modular internal frame backpack that has
many "firsts" embedded into it. First application of a
Cam Expansion Load Bay backpack. First
strapless case carriage. First removable Backscabbard convertible
to a drag bag. First
use of this type of modular backpack concept.
It certainly is the
"first of its kind." Take a look, and you may agree that this is
the world's most interesting backpack. Not to mention that
it's the world's most versatile backpack.
Above left, the Skycrane in Iraq,
carrying a fully assembled M107 Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle.
At right, the M107 in its common carry configuration, broken down.
The J263M is a scalable
pack system. At its heart is a modular 2600 cubic inch internal frame pack
that employs our patented Cam Expansion system. Its unique design
allows it to perform exceptionally well in a variety of configurations.
It is reducible all the way down to a drag bag and a fanny pack, and
scalable all the way up to a full-scale 7600 cubic inch freighter that
can tackle carrying anything from an M4 to the M107 Barrett, with
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 since we perfected our pack design and
And above all, it is designed for comfort, in order to ride well day
after day, and to increase the agility of those who are lucky enough to
have at the heart of their mission-essential gear.
c.i. Nicely Laid Out Backpack
Using the Backscabbard:
Pull out a full-scale weapon while wearing the pack.
Add the top-cover, and the Backscabbard™
becomes a removable drag bag.
Add a Spike Camp Duffel to
get a larger scale, front loading pack.
PRIMARY & SECONDARY USES: At its essence, the
Skycrane is simply a great backpack. It has a unique ability to be
configured in a number of sizes and layouts. In its secondary
capacity, the J263 deploys into the ESS Mobile Sniper Station in a few quick and
easy steps. Note the removable drag bag and gear duffel. The
system can be laid upon in inclement weather, or the components can be
arrayed around to meet your personal preferences, and varied according
to individual situations.
U.S. Patents 6,637,633,
6,763,987. Other Patents Pending.
Waist Belt Combined with
Top Cover makes a Great Fanny Pack.
Magic Carpet Shooting Mat: a weather barrier for a shooting position, or for dust
(Easy to use: hold one end and throw it out).
comfortable, heavy-duty suspension system.
All Skycrane packs come
with our patent-pending Case Hooks, which allow you to carry a large
wheeled case, and get it open while still mounted to the pack.
for instructions on mounting a case.
6 lb. 4
oz. -- basic pack weight. 9 lb. 14 oz. -- full system pack weight.
2600 c.i. to 5100
c.i., variable capacity. Add a 2nd Spike Camp Duffel to reach 7600 c.i.
$429.00 (Includes J2SD Spike Camp Duffel and J2MS
Drag Bag/Backscabbard/Shooting Table Insert).
Hydration kits, A1SM or A2SM Shooting Mats, extra Spike Duffels, and photo kits
are sold separately. You can add them to your order as you place
your pack order at our online company store.
Available in Black (J263MB)
Our J2PD Lightweight Padded Camera / Sensitive Equipment
Kit is tailored to fit the loadbay of the Skycrane. Weighing only
3 pounds, this kit provides good protection, and is a heck of a lot
lighter than a hard plastic Storm or Pelican case. Although the
pack will carry the latter, the truth is, this padded duffel is
something that most people will prefer to carry! You can also, of
course, get a matching Storm Case from us to carry either the J2PD or
the whole pack and kit combined.
Another note from some of our friends in Iraq:
"Wanted to let you know my Platoon
received 16 of the Skycranes. I am sure we are at max ord with
them but we have been employing them with about 210lbs of gear, no
problems and everyone wants one since they load and carry very well."
why name a pack after a helicopter?
...well, because it seems to fit!
-- The helicopter that hasn't
body but can carry a house --
-- The backpack that hasn't got a body but can carry the
kitchen sink! --