THE AVIATOR'S KIT BAG
The kit bag’s original usage dates back to paratroopers performing airborne operations, aka jumping out of planes. When you jump, your parachute harness is on your back.
The Green Beret in the foreground is inspecting a reserve parachute on the Colombian paratrooper’s front. And underneath that reserve rests an aviator’s kit bag.
When a jumper lands, assuming bullets are not flying, the jumper’s first task is to disengage the parachute harness and begin to roll the parachute toward him or her. Then the jumper stuffs the parachute into the aviator’s kit bag and exits the drop zone.
PROVING THE KIT BAG
The GORUCK Challenge was a vital part of our process to make the kit bag better and more functional. We filled up a Civvy Kit Bag with about 100 lbs of rocks and used in a Challenge to field test what we thought (and hoped) was the final prototype.
The class was given the restriction to never let it touch the ground. It was awkward and heavy so they would have to rotate it often. Which pretty much meant that they would grab every spot on the bag every which way. And in situations like this, people always do what’s most comfortable for them, which is always what’s worse for the bag.
But that was the point. If you want to find out what someone’s made of, see how they handle stress. Same with gear.