BW combat rucksack, Flecktarn, surplus
German efficiency and practicality at its best. These medium-sized (about 65 litre) rucksacks are meant to carry everything that a German soldier needs in the field. A very affordable pack for what it is.
In short, a good smaller rucksack for situations where a huge pack is simply too much and a daysack too small, like a classic overnighter or a couple of days hike. The volume of this one is about 65 litres.
Keep it simple
This pack, like many others, is built around a spacious main compartment closed with cord locks and quick release buckles.
The lid is large and has a pocket on top of it, and long straps for attaching a sleeping bag. The straps can be hidden inside tunnel pockets to keep them out of the way when not in use. You can also slap your name tag on the loop base on it.
The lower compartment
The bottom of the pack has a separate compartment for rainwear, which is closed with a zipper and QR buckles. The lower pocket is separated from the main space by a cord lock operated divider, which can be opened if the main space needs more room.
Other pockets and stuff
The two side pockets are quite large and are only stitched on from the sides. This has been done so that other equipment, e.g. an axe or a shovel, can be stuffed in behind the pocket. The web loops on the front are meant for a rifle, but can fit skis for instance (you'll have to come up with suitable straps yourself).
Sleeping mat as a frame?
Although this pack does not have a frame, the Bundeswehr issue folding sleeping mat slips into a separate compartment and keeps the pack rigid and makes it really comfortable to carry. This also eliminates the need to carry a traditional roll-mat outside the pack, essentially allowing more stuff to be strapped on if needed. Sleeping mats sold separately when available. An alternative option is to secure a traditional roll mat to the rifle attachment points and use the folding mat pouch for something else, like a DIY stiffener and a hydration bladder.
Carried with traditional padded freely adjustable shoulder straps. You often get a sternum strap too. The waist belt is basic at best but does the job.
German army surplus
Used, but in good serviceable condition, all are German army surplus and made by various contractors. Of course the signs of use are there along with the possible well made repair, but these are good to go.
Reviews of BW combat rucksack
Traveller to Mozambique
My rucksack, which has seen the freezing Finnish winter and the African savannah, has passed the tightest security inspections in London and has fulfilled this experienced traveller's needs. There are multiples pouches in this rucksack (at least seven) which can hold a traveller's most important items. The two large side pockets are easy to use and can easily fit a litre-sized bottle each. There are plenty of straps, so those of you that love that sort of thing will love packing this ruck.
This used rucksack smells like a used rucksack. It brilliantly served as the only storage solution for a travel guide in a group of 13, and it's highly recommended for backpackers going to Asia.
A major plus is that this ruck is carry-on-sized, so going abroad to any airport is fast and easy!
I used the Bundeswehr rucksack on our march and I can once again say that it is suitable for those longer journies. More suitable options are available for scouting competitions, marches, etc. The BW rucksack's features are listed in detail on Varusteleka's website, and the only downsides I have experienced, after a few years of use, are a ruined zipper pull and a slipper shoulder strap adjuster when soaked, covered in sand, tears, failure, etc.
The BW rucksack is suitable for a two to three day journey, but I also like to use it when hunting when I'm dragging a bit of gear along. I once took the ruck on a week-long hike in Lemmnjoki and I discovered that it wasn't really suited for such a long journey. Even though I had the ground mat for extra back support, a ruck weighing more than 25 kilos, including a tent, Trangia, and sleeping bag, began to be too much for me.
Those of you with many hobbies need lots of backpacks and rucksacks for every occasion, and this is a good addition to your arsenal.
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Samuel A. 01.08.2016 (Edited 04.08.2016)
Muuten noin niin hyvät taskut ja säädöt, otan kyllä seuraavalle reissullekin mukaan. Tällä ei tavitse lentökentällä kuin kävellä sisään ja ulos, ei turhia odotteluja!
Jos haluaa naurattaa Berliinin poliiseja, kannattaa tämä olla selässä terveisin kokemusta on.
antti j. 13.08.2016 (Edited 01.09.2016)
Alan G. 03.10.2016 (Edited 29.11.2016)
Casey D. 24.05.2017
As far as comfort is concerned the pack has adequate strap adjustments for people of all sizes. The shoulder pads are fine for the thirty pounds or so I usually pack but the waist strap leaves a little to be desired. Some sort of back stiffener is a necessity! Whether it is a BW mat or some plywood and a bladder you will want something, otherwise it's just a really cool duffel bag.
Ben C. 28.05.2017
William W. 31.07.2017
Robert Z. 08.10.2017 (Edited 08.10.2017)
ano n. 13.10.2017
Ainoa ongelma tässä rinkassa on kantomukavuus, varsinkin kun painoa on yli 15kg. Suurin ongelma on lantiovyö, joka ei juuri auta siirtämään painoa lantiolle. Ongelmaa pahentavat suht kapeat olkaimet, joille suurin osa painosta päätyy.
John S. 02.03.2018
John S. 02.03.2018
LeRoy F. 11.03.2018 (Edited 11.03.2018)
Steve A. 18.03.2018
Sampo V. 20.03.2018 (Edited 20.03.2018)
Toisin kuin kuvissa, oli omassa yksilössäni myös rintaremmi mukana. Rinkka on käytettynäkin laadukkaan ja kestävän tuntuinen (valmistettu Saksassa!) ja selviäisi varmaan sodastakin. Taskut ovat tosi näppärät ja alalokerokin on tajuttu laittaa. Omastani tosin oli pussin suun narulukko sökönä, mistä pieni miinus (kyseessä toki helposti vaihdettava kulutusosa). Tämä ei ollut mikään yllätys, kun kyseessä on käytetty ylijäämätuote. Yhden myymälästä penkomani rinkan läppään oli myös joku kansallismielinen saksalainen soturi tussannut numerot "88" todella isolla. En ota kantaa itse sanomaan, mutta erään poliittisen ääriaatteen kannattajissa sen näkeminen varmaankin herättäisi paheksuntaa tai jopa avonaista vihamielisyyttä, mikä on sääli, kun rinkan kantaja tuskin sitä tarkoittaisi.
Jack M. 09.07.2018
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Jason S. 17.02.2019
The pack I received is in great condition and I highly recommend it especially for camping.
Kent M. 10.05.2019
Military equipment is traditionally excellent stuff; it combines durability with very affordable prices. Army surplus finds its way to the civilian market in the following way: the armed forces of one country or other decides to get rid of big batches of perfectly serviceable gear due to cuts in military budgets, said gear becoming obsolete or redundant or some other similar reason. Some of this stuff then finds its way to our storehouse, sometimes directly, sometimes through a third party. Every once in a while we even get random batches of collectibles and rarities from obscure corners of the world.