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.
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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
Anonymous customer 20.08.2018
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
Bailey R. 14.10.2019
Endi N. 01.11.2019
Quality: 10/10 (German ofc)
Size: 10/10 (Can pack everything you need for one person and perhaps even two people)
Carrying system: 7/10 (It's good but not the most comfortable)
Price? 100/10. Some Fjällräven 65 liter backpack of this quality would cost you over 250 euros.
john m. 28.12.2019
Jonathan C. 19.01.2020
The one I received was practically unused. In fact, if it hadn't been for the name tag, which is still on it, and the pair of earplugs in one of the pockets, definitely used, I would've thought it brand new.
One of the most impressive features of this pack is that it only weighs 1 kilo despite its rugged build quality and substantial carrying capacity. 65L is more than enough space for a multi-day outing if you pack smartly. If you consider this a "daypack" perhaps you should rethink your kit, or the size of your lunches.
I used this ruck for a 6 day R2R2R hike of the Grand Canyon back in March '19. The temperature ranged from 21-70F (-6 to 21C) with 52"(132cm) of snow pack on the north rim, so gear selection was crucial. This ruck carried all of my gear, 6 days of food (3 meals/day + snacks) and 2L of water comfortably and the only thing strapped on the outside of the pack was my Finnish army sleeping mat, which also rocks!
The only negative I have for this ruck is that it's a bit too short for my torso, 6'/183cm, 180lbs/82kg. When I ordered it, the large size was out of stock already so I had to get the shorter option. Because I ran out of strap adjustment, I had to carry the ruck a little higher than I normally would. So that's not a hit against the ruck itself but more an FYI for anyone considering it.
If this ruck comes back in stock, purchase it asap! You'll be glad you did!
Joseph B. 23.02.2020
My Retki Arctic 55 litre holds more stuff than this German BW 60+ litre.
As a rucksack it is made of very strong material and the one I got was in very good condition.
For long treks I would add padding to the shoulder straps.
Still, I am quite happy with the purchase.