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I use an old ratty torn up ruck sack. Since you're asking here I'm assuming you're still in flight school. Use what your issued for now and when you get to your unit see what other people are using in person and make up your mind. 

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A few of us use one from Red Rock. You can look at it on Amazon under the search string “Red Rock Duffle Bag.” It is the one with three internal sections that can be worn like a backpack. It fits my alternate visor, helmet, and ALSE vest. There’s another company that makes the same exact bag but is two or three times the cost.

my first one lasted about five years and two aviation deployments to AFG. Finally ordered a replacement when some of the plastic buckles broke.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085P716I/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_HlHUFbVJETZW8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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That’s a nice bag.  Those compartments are pretty sweet, much better than the stuff everything in with the helmet routine I used to do.  Exactly what they say not to do, LoL

Shame you had to buy a new one over some broken buckles, since they are easy and quick to replace.  Next time talk to your ALSE guy about sewing some new ones on.

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13 minutes ago, greyrider245 said:

Kinda off topic, I assume students are given helmets/headsets? Are there options for ANR headsets that are compatible with the Army helmets?

You're issued a helmet. You can also use issued CEPs which stands for something I can't remember but are basically foam headphone/earplugs that plug into the helmet and provide a better level of noise reduction than just the helmet earcups alone. There are options for custom fit CEPs as well but that's about it, you won't fly with any helmet but what you're issued. 

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Also the CEP’s are mandatory to wear as aviation is a known hearing damage job. You can opt to not wear them but it’s harder to hear and if you sustain hearing damage through your career the army won’t let that be part of your VA claim as they provided you with the means to mitigate the damage

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There’s also “hush kits” available from Oregon Aero that replace the issued ear cups, also, denser noise reduction foam that goes into the ear cups. Apache helmets are a little different so I’m not 100% sure on what the kits are for the standard Army aviation helmet. Check with your unit whether it’s approved but it works pretty well. There are a few of us that moved from CEPs to just our hush kits.

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23 minutes ago, SBuzzkill said:

That’s what I used.  Zeta liner, hush kit, comfort kit, and a different microphone.  Made for a great setup, though some of that was not authorized.

Pretty much all of it...

Hush kits are great until it gets cold and then it's like trying to shove your head into a hole in a rock.

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Don't worry about that, helmet ear cups don't clamp on your head like a PNR headset does.  They seal but not with nearly the same amount of pressure.  With a properly fitted helmet you'll fly 8+ hours with a helmet on and not have issues.  It was always my legs and butt that gave up on me.

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