British PLCE rucksack, DPM, surplus, with frame
British design at its best. The PLCE ruck is a giant leap forward from the old Pattern 58 Large pack and the GS rucksack. Total capacity up to 110 litres, this is among the best mass-produced army rucksacks ever.
After the Falklands war the British army were convinced they needed a large rucksack, which - unlike anything issued at that time - would be ergonomic to carry over long distances. The civilian manufacturer Berghaus had provided rucksacks for special forces in the Falklands and these were the starting point to develop a "Regular Squaddie" version, which would become the PLCE rucksack.
The rucksack has volume to spare, but it's also well designed for use and carry. It has received compliments even from the end-users, who commonly complain about everything you can imagine and even if you can't.
- One large 90 litre main compartment.
- The main pack can be compressed using straps on the sides, a nice feature when you don't need to stuff it completely full.
- Wide, well padded, adjustable waist and shoulder straps.
- A detachable aluminium support frame.
- A pouch on the top of the flap.
- A small outer pocket on the lower back.
- Two detachable 10 litre side pouches, can be combined to form a day pack. These will almost always be something else than original British army stuff, and might not work with PLCE yoke.
Separate models are made for those with longer or shorter backs, and because we're nice and careful people we have sorted them in the warehouse. Here's a short size guide:
- 160-173 cm: Short
- 174 cm or more: Long
- However, it's really not that finicky; for example a 180 cm tall man can easily use Short too. Of course if you are very tall, it's best to forget that and go for Long. If you are planning on using webbing kit with the rucksack, take Short.
Used British army surplus
Used but in serviceable condition. The camo pattern is faded and these are not washed. Take a mild detergent, brush and elbow grease to it if you want to. The rucksacks are likely to have small fixes, names or initials marked with a sharpie and so on.
Important historical facts
British 20th century kit development in a nutshell:
- In the first decade Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Company of London created the Pattern 1908 Large Pack, and Field Marshal Douglas Haig saw that it was "Adequately satisfactory."
- In the third decade Mills created the Pattern 1937 Large Pack, and Sir Winston Churchill saw that it was "Proper hard wearing kit!"
- In the fourth decade Mills created the Pattern 1944 webbing, and all saw that it was "Inferior to the Patt. ’37 in durability."
- In the fifth decade the Army Ordnance Research Group in collaboration with the Devil himself summoned the Pattern 58 Large Pack from the underworld, and all who saw it said: "The Army seem to have taken leave of their senses."
- In the eighth decade Margaret Thatcher said "Bollocks!" and issued her boys bound for the Falklands with shiny new Berghaus bergens, and the moustached gentlemen saw that these were "Fackin' nails!"
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does not recommend
Pietari J. 26.05.2016 (Edited 31.05.2016)
Heikki E. 01.07.2016 (Edited 06.07.2016)
Ulkopuolella saisi olla enemmän taskuja mutta toimii anyway.
Läpän alle saa näppärästi pikkurepun/juomarepun
ari l. 19.07.2016 (Edited 26.07.2016)
Auttanu lisään päivämatkaa jotain 50%
Robert M. 10.01.2017 (Edited 20.01.2017)
Ville K. 29.01.2017
Anonyymi k. 30.03.2017 (Edited 29.08.2017)
Henri S. 26.06.2017
Kaikin puolin kyseessä on kestävä kantolaite jossa tavarat saa pidettyä näppärästi järjestyksessä ja jota on miellyttävä roudata selässään.
Risto P. 28.06.2017
Laila L. 15.09.2017
(Käsimatkatavarana brittiläinen radioreppu josta tähän sopivat sivutaskut. Laitan sivutaskut radioreppuun mikäli tarvitsen tosi ison päivärepun reissussa. Kätevää.)
Rinkkaa on mielyttävä kantaa ja siihen mahtuu paljon tavaraa. Tämän bongaa heti lentokentän laukkuhihnalta.
Mark H. 06.10.2017
It's a used and abused pack, been thrown around and served its duties, and it clearly has years of life left in it still. Don't buy if you're looking for a fresh, brand new, never used modern pack. It's old, but that's about it. Just in need of some TLC.
I wanted to try and explain clearly what condition mine came in as there were not many descriptions of how the pack looked when other customers recieved it.
Sami K. 21.11.2017
Max S. 06.06.2018
Michael F. 10.11.2018
Daniel E. 27.11.2018
Steven F. 17.12.2018
Victor R. 12.06.2019