ACCEPTABILITY OF CARRYING DEVICES OF STANDARD AND EXPERIMENTAL DUFFEL BAGS
ARMY NATICK LABS MA PIONEERING RESEARCH LAB
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The standard one strap army duffel bag, three experimental two-strap bags, and later two improved experimental two-strap bags were used by volunteer test subjects to carry loads over indoor andor outdoor courses. The test subjects were observed and their handling of the bags recorded as they traversed the courses. The standard army bag with one shoulder strap was carried over the course by the average subject in four or five different positions as compared with the two-strap bags which were seldom carried in more than one position. Interviews were held on each day immediately after the final traversal of the course by each group to record individual preferences and comments concerning the bags. All three experimental two-strap bags were definitely preferred over the standard one strap design, and two experimental designs proved to be equally acceptable and definitely superior to the third experimental design. Later the two improved two-strap bags based on the best two of the three original experimental designs were compared and found to be equally acceptable. Although no direct experimental comparisons were made, comments indicated that the improved bags were considered to be superior to and more acceptable than the experimental bags which were tested first.
- Containers and Packaging
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems