DG16 (85L)


The DG16 embodies everything we have learnt in over four decades.

After 40 years of designing and building outstanding load carriage systems for the Australian Army, Crossfire understands what a robust and reliable load carriage systems should incorporate to allow the wearer to arrive ready for task.

Materials science, ergonomics, systems integration, all with end-user feedback. This pack has been engineered from first-principles. There is nothing else like it, anywhere. Universally adjustable harness, optional women’s harness.

This pack has been engineered from first-principles. Innovation, not replication.

If you can only outfit with one pack which needs to fit a multitude of roles, the 85L DG16 is for you.

  • DG16 polymer frame, tuned to flex while maintaining strength
  • The world’s best laminated and contoured shoulder harness
  • Ventilated mesh harness
  • CF exclusive Bug Out™ buckles
  • Three position adjustable harness height
  • Three position adjustable lumbar pad height
  • Removable hip wings and belt
  • Dual access top lid pocket
  • Optics pocket
  • Vertically adjustable lid height to secure bigger loads
  • Removable lid
  • Compatible with our daypack lid (sold separately)
  • Lower compartment horizonal front zip access
  • Our proprietary scallop style MOLLE. Faster to use, easier to access
  • Radio and antenna access ports
  • Three internal mesh pockets
  • Side slots for long items
  • Water bottle side pockets
  • 6 points of compression
  • Leak proof hydration sleeve
  • Field repair kit
  • Optional radio pouch
  • Optional second hydration sleeve
  • Optional helmet carrier
  • Compatible with our DZ Rig (sold separately)


41 reviews for DG16 (85L)

  1. Anthony Pockock

    The great service from Glenn at Crossfire is only eclipsed by the insanely high quality product that I received. I fully expect, after wearing myself out using the DG16 pack, to see my grandchildren still using it in 20 years time. Top notch piece of kit!

  2. 22F

    One of the best general purpose combat packs on the market.

  3. Aaron Brooks

    After looking at a lot of packs, decided to drop some coin on this. Good reviews.

  4. Dylan G

    I’m loving the DG16. Fits extremely well. I’ve taken it for a few stomps now and it’s been absolutely great I’ve been telling everyone who’ll listen about the great customer service too

  5. Mark Alexandridis

    I do love how it feels when I put it on. One of the most comfortable packs I’ve put on my back.

  6. AC

    Finally. A no BS pack that ticks all my boxes. Thanks.

  7. James Troop

    I have a DG16. Last June I took it on the overland track for adventurous training. Awesome. I was one of the few with no comfort issues

  8. Paul Mitchell

    Love my Crossfire, and I’m a civvy.

  9. Vlad

    Wished I had this kit when I was in doing long ops.

  10. Michael

    Can’t wait for my pack to arrive, been saving for a little while because they look fantastic!

  11. LW

    Just bought one. Thanks so much for your wonderful customer service and look forward to my first dg16.

  12. Max

    It’s the f*ckin best patrol pack out there three interchangeable lids. 85L (feels much more than 85) and a well thought out sleeping bag compartment.

  13. Pavel

    Recently purchased the phenomenal DG16 to replace current issued pack.

    I cannot adequately state how necessary and mandatory this pack is, or should be imho…

    Yes, I’ve added my own pouches- where and how I want them.

    Have boosted from 85lt to approx 110-115lt with pouches.

    Pretty much completely set this pack with a full DP1 checklist- bar a couple of full 3lt water bladders … hitting somewhere round 35-40kg.

    I thought something was wrong.

    I literally couldn’t feel the load, certainly not on my shoulders, and no weird pressure at the hips, or lower back.

    Movement and mobility feels natural, obviously limited by load, but comfortable and functional.

    I’d started to reach overhead to undo a hanging clip, without thinking, and I was still wearing the pack!

    The balance and carriage feels like no other pack I’ve used.

    I am keen for some looooong pack marching and field. How often does anyone say that for a pack???

    If you’re here now? BUY.

    Next on the the list? DG3.


  14. Linus Wilson

    Firstly, thank you Glenn for helping me out with my peacekeeper boot sizes. They are fine boots indeed. The DG16 is a great pack. I really can’t fault it other than the metal/plastic rings clink against the frame towards the bottom of the pack, which any sensible person can easily soundproof. This pack is otherwise perfect. So supportive and adjustable. This is some serious kit, guys. Thank you for the great service. 6/5.

  15. Aaron Orr

    Great packs, lost mine in the tsv floods but was awesome for many years.

  16. Michael Squires

    Always buy the best from Crossfire. Pay now or cry later.

  17. David Dennett

    A Pack that lives up to and exceeds expectations. Fast service from Crossfire. Thanks Glenn.

  18. Denton Paterson

    Absolutely stoked with my DG16! Absolutely amazing service and totally impressed with my DG16. Thank you!

  19. Mike Siegfried

    This is THE most comfortable pack I have ever had the pleasure of owning. I have enjoyed suffering under a ruck for close to 10 years now. When possible, we always try to make rucking suck a little less. I have tried and tested out numerous rucks from various companies and I have to admit, Crossfire has created something pretty dang magical here. I love the design of the top being removable and acting as a miniature daypack. The internal pockets are great for organization and don’t add much weight. Beyond just making an awesome pack, Crossfire has had by far the best customer service I have ever encountered. They are extremely professional and take care of their customers. Cheers!

  20. Ian Connop

    Gave first workout on 4 day trip into mostly open river country. After some modification of harness and removing hip pads it fitted and snugged in well on the steep sections of bush bashing. Day pack a great invention and proved its worth several times, only observation, and not a criticism in any way as I get the balance it provides,would happily have retained the side pocket sleeping compartment from previous version as simpler and a little more waterproof from the dunkings it got in river crossings. Great production values and solid design, 45 years of bushwalking and using every iteration of Australian Military issue backpack from the Vietnam war era forward tells me that the evolution of gear carrying continues beautifully

  21. Peter

    The DG-16 is without a doubt the most comfortable 85 ltr pack on the market, I have several each rigged for a different purpose.

    I bought my first when they first came on the market and have used them for several years.

    The difference between the DG-16, and the equivalent in Americas well-known premium quality pack brand is marked, in that I am far less tired humping 40 kgs in a DG-16 for ten miles, than in their equivalent.

    The large quantity of PALS webbing makes it easy to add exterior pouches (the Crossfire pouches are very useful) the permanently fixed rain lid is a real innovation, it allows you to demount and use the day pack lid (it makes a fine pillow) while covering the pack top in case of rain if the pack is temporarily cached.

    Both lids have a velvet lined compartment for glasses or field glasses.

    The other lid supplied is useful when using the pack with smaller loads.

    The pack allows you to carry an E Tool either on the pack rear or at the bottom on the side.

  22. Bob Akers

    Got my DG16, quite impressed. Looking forward to taking it out. Very comfortable!

  23. Troy

    I’m not in the military or anything like that I use my pack for hunting and hiking. But it is awesome I love it. It so comfortable it is hands down the best pack iv ever put on my back. Well done guys for this product. The DG16 has it all.

  24. feral_hunter

    Just got my DG16 today guys. It’s unbelievable. So tuff, heaps of storage options and comfy AF

  25. Cat

    Awesome heavy duty field pack with so many features. Worth spending the time to get it set up right.

    Very comfortable doing 20kg+ training walks, clearly the pack can handle plenty more load. Puts a smile on my face every time I get it out.

    Fantastic customer service by Glenn who resolved a hiccup with the order promptly and graciously.

    I can’t recommend Crossfire or this pack enough.

  26. Roy Hunt

    I hunt deer and and do a lot of pack walk training to keep fit.

    The DG16 is super comfortable when loaded right up and built like a tank. I am really impressed with how super adjustable the harness and frame is to fit any users body shape and comfort needs.

    It has lots of storage options that are easy to rearrange and the entire outside of the pack is molle so adding extra room or attaching equipment is so easy.

    I cannot fault this pack and I have no doubts that it will outlast me and quite possibly my son. It is seriously an awesome piece of kit.

    Thanks so much Crossfire


  27. Brock Alexander Salter

    First off..

    I’m a 6ft 1″ bloke who has struggled to find a lot of different packs to fit comfortably with a light load. Let alone slogging along with substantial weight thrown in the pack..

    As soon as I put this kit on I felt comfortable, without even tightening up and personalising straps etc.. Then once I got it a bit more fitted to my preference I was very excited…

    I’ve now used this pack a couple of time as a serious hauling system and also as just a day pack. Not even including the “day pack” attachment which I am still looking forward to using!

    I’ve had nothing but a good experience so far with this pack. Its rugged and robust. The quality is that of what you’d expect from an Australian made item. It feels solid yet flexible and steady. I feel as though this pack will last an eternity.

    I’ve even loaded it up with a full quartered Sambar and trekked it out back to the ute through all sorts of crappy bush. Its held up superbly. Not only that, it’s still felt nice and tight around my hips but very free around the shoulders, which is big deal for me. Even with all the weight of a full deer carry out it just works with you, not against you.

    I’m stoked.

    Finally I found a pack worth it!

    Don’t muck around looking for a better deal or something cheaper or second guess some other product..

    This is the best.

    Get one.

  28. Nazri

    Purchased a DG16 and I’ve been using it for about a month. I do pack walks/runs with 25-30kg in my pack 3-4 days a week and trail hikes.

    Will be hunting with this pack as well and I gotta say this is one solid constructed pack and I absolutely need that reliability especially in the Malaysian jungle where not only the terrain but vegetation pose threats of wear and tear into your gear. The compartments and sturdiness of it as well as the ergonomic design to support your back is amazing.

    Customer service is top-notch and I’ve only got good to say about this company. I’m sticking with this company for any other packs I plan on purchasing. Well-done Crossfire, well done indeed.

  29. Bryan K

    I’ve had a DG6 for 7 years. It is still going strong, but I wanted an upgrade. I just placed an order for a DG16. I can’t wait.

  30. Julian Ledwoch

    I purchased my DG16 pack over a year ago and after a lot of use, I feel I can now write an honest review. The DG16 really is the very best pack I’ve owned, by far. I have many different packs, mostly military type packs which are meant for heavy use but all my other packs are now decoration due to how much better the DG16 treats my body.

    The frame is incredible, it works with your spine so you barely notice the weight. The quality makes the price of this pack an absolute bargain. With all the bush and adventures my pack has seen, there are hardly any signs of wear; this thing just works. If you need a pack that you can count on, this is the best there is full stop.

    To the team at Crossfire, thanks for taking the time to develop such a great product that works WITH you, not against you. My back especially thanks you!

  31. TriadAgone

    The feature set is amazing, especially for the price. Needed something to carry well over armor. I’m finding that with armor I actually don’t mind running it short back with the belt pads removed, first pack I’ve felt comfortable doing that with! With my AVS it just get swallowed into the pack and is super comfortable. Aand it’s easy to convert it for when I’m not wearing belt kit and armor. Love it!

    Other options were the TT rucks, MR, Kifaru, or on the cheap side a FILBE, Molle II, or customized Multicam ALICE. The expensive packs that had the features I wanted were 700-1500$ USD, the cheap packs were OK but missed out on alot of features. The DG16 has all the features I want and need, but is 1/2 the price of comparable options.

  32. Mike

    I recently spent a month with this pack…. and it is AWESOME! I added two SAW 200 RD pouches to it to grab gear quickly. The frame works awesome with body armor.

  33. Hardstones

    Love my DG-16! Easily one of the best packs on the market today.

  34. TheScot1T

    I used my DG16 on the last BTFO with Garry. It handled the goat path with ease.

  35. Luke R

    I just purchased one and it is brilliant much better than the current issue large pack and fits well with chest and waist webbing. But would also function well without – unlike a std Alice

  36. J T

    Absolutely the best packs I have used. My back, which has permanent injuries, doesn’t suffer with heavy loads thanks to the external frame’s support. Brilliant design!

  37. WBT

    Out playing with the new toy and loving it. 15kms with 16kgs for an overnighter and felt like not a thing on my back

  38. Matthew P

    I have bought a few things from Crossfire and all of them are excellent quality and durable, including my DG16. Staff are friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

  39. Neverien

    I have been in the military for almost a decade now. I am a bit of a backpack enthusiast. So believe me when I tell you that I have tried an endless line of backpacks. But the DG-16 changed it all. No longer do I seek the perfect long-range reconnaissance backpack. This thing is a beast, it is so comfortable on your back (even with a plate carrier) and yet you can haul your whole apartment in it. I would like to give my thanks to the Crossfire team, becuase I do not know how you guys did it but you created the best backpack on the market.

    The DG-16 is so cleverly put together, with so many incredible solutions that at one point I was like … damn this backpack is even smarter than me … Quality is superb, the back system is out of this world providing the user with many ways how to set it up just to perfectly fit every user. I am currently selling every long-range backpack I own, because the way DG-16 treats my back on long-range reconnaissance missions I just do not want to carry anything else but this heavenly thing from Australia.

    And regarding the durability and toughness? Order it, look at it with your own eyes …. you will understand. I have a feeling that this thing will outlast me …

    Cheers from Czech Republic & thank you Crossfire for making the difference in the backpack industry.

  40. PP

    My first impression of the DG16 is that it’s nearly flawless. It’s really awesome that it can expand to well over 100L (depending on what accessories you use) and then compress down to the size of a DG3 as seen here. Of course all of the usual things: the stitching is perfect, there’s tons of straps and the like so you can customize and load it out however you see fit, and the customer service is eccelent as always

  41. Ethan S

    I bought this to replace my issued pack, and it has exceeded my expectations in every way. Outstanding quality, attention to detail, and thoughtfulness in the design of the pack.

    I can load it up to the point where I can barely lift it, yet once it’s on my back, I barely notice it. I don’t know how it’s possible for a ruck to make 80 lbs feel like 20 (or 85L feel like 120L), but Crossfire has done it. Customer service is unbeatable as well.

    This pack could cost twice as much and still be worth it. If I ever buy another pack, it’ll be another Crossfire – in a different size, of course, because I’m sure this one will outlive me.

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