Most footlockers on the market will be plywood footlockers or aluminum footlockers. Plywood footlockers are quite breakable and are heavier than molded thermoplastic footlockers such as you can find from Ameripack Corporation. Straps of metal may be riveted to the lockers' corners for reinforcement. These may be standard issue from the military and in some cases may be several years or generations old and can be quite unnecessarily heavy. Thick wooden or metal handles (typically collapsible) or straps are used in carrying the case and it may require (unnecessarily) two people to carry them.
Other footlockers may be even cruder than these as they may be made out of old shipping crates not even intended for regular use or ease-of-use. Some footlockers dating back to Word War II might have been made out of pressboard or even paper by-products. These are easily waterlogged and do little to protect gear from damage. Aluminum cases are reasonably well suited for regular use but this material is heavier than plastics and scuffs easily.
Superior durability in military footlockers
It`s difficult to imagine a better combination of durability, lightness and ease-of-use than molded plastic casing used in the making of military footlockers by a contemporary manufacturer such as Ameripack. Molded plastics are designed to withstand extreme conditions, to resist damage including scuffing and to be easily transferable.
View our selection of military footlockers and storage trunks.
There is no reason to think that high quality lockers like these should be restricted for use by officers only.
Storage using a footlocker
Footlockers are often compartmentalized with an internal tray to hold smaller items while larger, bulkier, less fragile items are stored in the main box of the locker.
Did you know?
Military footlockers got their name from the fact that they were kept at the foot of soldiers` beds. The soldier would pack everything he (or she) could possibly carry and pack quickly and if the soldier was required to move in a hurry, all material would be easily grabbed and moved. Footlockers are currently used in the United States Marine Corps recruit training. In most cases the locker remains with the soldier during his or deployment to any base, unless he or she is on a training assignment (brief deployment).