I did not build this pack with keeping any military application in mind. This falls into the "tacticool"-category. Why did i build this, then? Just for the fun of trying something new. I did know before i started this project that running the zipper vertically across the front panel, is not the most practical zipper set up, but i wanted to do it anyway. Backpanel, sides and the bottom are padded, so the pack holds it´s shape even when it´s empty. The mesh pockets on the sides are so wide and deep, that i could get away without making pleats for the pockets. Do those two 2x6 pals rows on both sides of the zippers make any sense (when thinking their practical use)? No, not really... that´s the tacticool-part Like i said, not the most practical pack, so i doubt that i will use this much, but i kind of like how this looks.. It´s... cute..