Belgian large rucksack, Jigsaw-camo, surplus
Not the prettiest, but damn it's good. In the 90's the Belgian army made a huge, tough rucksack and now they're getting rid of them. Don't mind the camo, get one while these still are available!
For a modern pack the Belgian creation is refreshingly simple and certainly made with good ingredients. The heritage of Berghaus rucksacks is obvious, and the adjustment for back length is a bonus. We have no hard data on the volume, but it should be over 100 litres, with the possibility of attaching even more stuff outside. Let's just say you can pack more stuff in this than you can reasonably carry.
- Large main space, can be divided into two separate compartments, the lower one being accessible from the bottom via a zipper.
- Removable side pouches. The side pouch models seem to vary a bit, the newest ones being top-opening PLCE-types. The backside is left open for carrying long stuff.
- A zippered pouch on top of the lid. On top of the pouch two straps are provided for attaching more kit.
The ruck has a super nice shoulder strap/frame assembly. The thing is adjustable to fit virtually anyone. Of course the straps and the waist belt are heavily padded. The left shoulder strap has a quick-release system. A sternum strap does not come with every rucksack, buy one separately to be sure!
Belgian army surplus
Made of thick cordura with proper workmanship - these are military issue after all and are designed to be able to take a beating. New these would cost a fortune, but as used surplus the price is very reasonable for a pack of this caliber!
A note about the side pouches: these are ofter replaced with new production pouches by our German supplier. While the new production ones are not as rigid as the originals, they still serve their purpose just as well.
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does not recommend
Bill H. 15.09.2016 (Edited 23.05.2019)
Ron M. 28.03.2017
Hans R. 07.06.2017 (Edited 07.06.2017)
It is HUGE.
It came with a special plate that allows you to attach a Belgian molle-like back to one of the sidepacks - this is tacticool.
The sidepacks can be used seperately with shoulder straps - mine came with only one strap unfortunately - two would have been nice. One is exactly as good as none.
Belgium obviously doesn't belive in velcro name tags, so mine will forever bear the name of some poor Belgian conscript in bold permanent marker. Not a big deal, Pascal is probably a nice guy.
The belly belt is wide and comfortable, but has a special loop-through buckle that probably seemed like a good idea at the time. For some Belgian reason it doesn't have a chest strap.
All permanent straps seems robustly sewn, and has plastic clips on the ends - this is nice.
The left shoulder strap has some kind of quick emergency release - the right doesn't.
It has two extremely practical loops sewn to the top of the shoulder straps, that allows you to ajust the weigth higher.
David I. 18.08.2017
Antto H. 13.09.2017
Ps. On muuten tilaa tässä rinkassa. Lapset 3v ja 4v mahtui sisälle yhtäaikaa. En kokeillut kuitenkaan selkään laittaa ;D
Veikko S. 29.09.2017
Lars G. 02.10.2017
Stuart W. 01.11.2017
Alex R. 03.11.2017 (Edited 30.11.2017)
SIZING: The frame only extends out to a torso length of about 17 inches (43cm). However, the shoulder straps are quite long. And though I have a 21in (53cm) torso, the bag fits me decently, albeit rather low on my back compared to most civilian hiking backpacks. In all likelihood, this is probably purposeful; if the pack were to sit tall on your back, it would hit you in the back of the head when you are in the prone position -- a bad thing if you are a soldier trying to shoot back at the enemy.
SHOULDER STRAPS: They adjust asymmetrically. This means when the shoulder straps are properly tensioned, you will have drastically more webbing hanging out on one side compared to the other. This is because the adjuster buckle on one side (the side with the quick-release feature) hangs down much lower than on the other side. Why the Belgians didn't just run the other buckle a bit lower (or add a second quick-release feature) is beyond me. Oh well!
CONDITION: Mine was obviously used but in decent shape overall -- good camo color, with some scuffing here and there. One of the metal frame pieces on my rucksack came bent, but Varusteleka is hooking me up with a replacement. Also, I'll have to make one small repair where some stitching is coming undone. Other than that, she's good to go!
Verneri S. 11.01.2018
joseph m. 17.01.2018
Jack M. 27.02.2018
Jukka K. 05.06.2018
Veli-Pekka M. 13.06.2018
Jason C. 19.07.2018
Juha S. 29.07.2018 (Edited 29.07.2018)
Erno H. 13.09.2018 (Edited 13.09.2018)
Björn R. 29.09.2018
Mikko K. 17.01.2019
Jeff D. 26.01.2019
You might want to send "Lars" from Survival Russia - You Tube a letter and a token of appreciation. It was due to him that I learn of you. His video posting got me interested in and later to purchase items from you. Case in point here this backpack. In his words this pack is "awesome". Concur with his assessment.
Timothy J. 28.01.2019
Tony M. 08.02.2019 (Edited 08.02.2019)
Jeremy B. 05.04.2019 (Edited 05.04.2019)
Robert M. 25.04.2019
Eric A. 22.05.2019
those loops on the shoulder straps. I saw Lars Grebnev on his Survival Russia channel show off this pack and I had to have it. I received it and its awesome. I am not a small guy
and this thing is enormous, even by my standards. I thought I may or may not like the jigsaw camo, but its awesome. No picture or video on the net will show you how it looks in natural
light. Mine came with light wear, no tears or repairs and your standard surplus ""I've been stored for a decade" smell. I did what Lars did, Give it a rinse with mild soap in the shower.
Its effing big, so it took up the whole bath. Let it drip dry, and ready to rock.
Nicholas R. 31.07.2019
Johnny H. 31.07.2019
Josh S. 09.09.2019
The main body of the pack appears lightly used and slightly faded, the side pouches are the top opening type and look brand new.
All of the zips/buckles/straps/etc are in very good condition and work properly. I'm looking forward to many years of use out of this.
Douglas S. 18.09.2019