BW mountain troops rucksack, surplus

29.99 EUR
BW mountain troops rucksack, surplus
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Let's just go ahead and say that this is the best surplus rucksack there is. Very simple, rugged, just the right size for general use, and if it breaks, we'll give you another one.

Yes, that's right, if it breaks, we'll send you a new one, offer stands for as long as there is supply. No worries, there are still issued in BW, and since this is a showpiece of German quality, it just won't break. We've been selling tens of thousands of these since 2003, and there hasn't been need to send many replacements.

Originally issued to mountain troops, this has been a standard issue day pack for all branches after the infantry finally stopped using it's WW1 heritage hook-to-the-combat-webbing monstrosity.

Basically this is a normal-sized backpack, with two side compartments and a load of loops for securing additional gear to it. The genius of it all lies (again) in German engineering - although this pack does not have a frame, the Bundeswehr issue folding sleeping mat slips into a separate pouch 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.

All buckles are freely adjustable. They are made from a very tenacious polymer that bends but doesn't break, and withstands winter conditions as well. The side pouches are sewn on only from the sides, so carrying skis, an axe or a pick is not a problem either. The shoulder straps are padded and can be quickly tightened by pulling the loose ends. Newer buckles are designed so that you can fold them over the straps for quick length adjustment.

Material and measurements

The materials vary depending on year of manufacture, and we get them unseparated. The older ones are matte cotton duck and a modernized one will have durable cordura-like nylon. Both are bombproof and functionally the same (there's maybe a 100 g weight difference in favour of the new one), so these are not sorted.

Volume 33 litres (2014 cubic inches), extreme measurements 48 x 45 x 23 cm, width without side pockets 30 cm. It's sized as a day pack.

Condition

These are used Bundeswehr surplus, and the use might show. THIS IS A GOOD THING, since there are loads of Chinese knock-offs around too. Even if you get a ruck that clearly has seen some action, it's made in Germany and will probably outlast you.

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4.5/5 26.05.2016
5/5 27.05.2016
Ylivoimaisesti paras päiväreppu ja kun ei kanniskella tolkutonta massaa. Läppärikin sujahtaa hyvin suojattuun paikkaan makuualustan viereen. 5/5, ehdottomasti. Itselläni toinen tasku vähän repsottaa, alhaalta saumat ovat hiljalleen aukeamassa, ja kiristysnaru on pitänyt vaihtaa (kun entinen kului loppuun kauan ennen kuin reppu alkoi kulua). Jos tässä on se takuu voimassa, niin vaihdan ehjempään kun käyn Lekassa seuraavan kerran ja kehun somessa mielelläni lisää!
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5/5
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14.08.2016
I'm back for seconds,simply a bitchin ruck!! The folks who made these are long gone, and they're not coming back. Absolutely get the folding pad also. It's not an expedition ruck, but for bumming around or about anything else, it's perfect. This quality at this price only happens at Varusteleka....
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5/5
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19.08.2016
Ollut käytössä jo usean vuoden ajan, eikä mitään kulumisen merkkejä havaittavissa. Paras reppu jonka olen omistanut.
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5/5
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23.09.2016
To sum up: probably the best small pack money can buy.

Absolutely bombproof, this ruck has served my daily needs for years, both around town and out in the boonies, and was my companion while hitchhiking and adventuring across the United States for the whole month of April '16. Forests, deserts, blizzards, mountains, cities, this ruck ate it all up and still shows no signs of stopping. Tossed into the back of pickup trucks, covered in snow and ice, soaked with sweat, humped for countless miles cross country, chucked out of moving vehicles, doubling as a pillow, you name it. Yes, it's no large expedition pack so you're not gonna be bringing all your snivel kit with you, but there's enough room for what you actually need - and if you choose this pack for a journey you're probably the type who values packing and traveling light anyway. It's impossible to overstate the convenience of the folding mat's ability, it really comes in handy for maximizing space. And a little tip - you can easily carry a kit roll or sleeping bag lashed to the top via two utility straps threaded through the D-rings.

If you're in need of a cheap, utilitarian, indestructible pack for any task whatsoever, and can live without a huge capacity, stop reading these reviews and BUY ONE.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
29.09.2016
5/5
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07.10.2016
As indestructible as any pack made. Cheap to.
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5/5
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15.10.2016
Great pack, especially for less than $30 US. Remarkably comfortable with the sleeping mat inserted. Very simple, ultra robust pack that is perfect for a day pack or a night or 2 in the field. For more than 3 nights you will probably need a larger pack. The customer service at Varusteleka is second to none and there shipping is incredibly reasonable. Also, the descriptions of the products understate their condition. I have purchased 3 packs that were called serviceable. All 3 packs look and function almost like brand new, the wear being so minor as to be negligible/nonexistent. Buy this pack, you will not be disappointed. The sleeping mat is a must for rigidity and comfort.
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4/5
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04.11.2016
Jos edes harkitsee tämän ostoa, kannattaa napata makuualusta heti kyytiin. Bonuksena sama alusta sopii isompaan BW jääkäririnkkaan. Helppoa ja kätevää!

Itse reppu on kyllä melkoinen peto. Kunnon kumitukset ja paksu kangas, isot soljet. Sivutaskut ovat vähän pienenlaiset veden kuljettamiseen, mutta kaikenlainen pikkutilpehööri kyllä menee mukavasti.

Mikään raskaiden kuormien kantamisen ihanneväline ei tämmöinen ole: vaikka viilekkeet on pehmustettu, ei niissä sentään ole liioteltu. Tavallinen tasainen selkäosa ei myöskään anna selän hengittää, kuten monissa moderneissa repuissa. Mutta nämä kun ymmärtää on käsissä todellinen luottopeli. Tilava, kestävä ja yksinkertainen.

Mihin käyttöön? Reissaamiseen, päiväretkille, yön yli reissuille lämpimämmillä ilmoilla. Vähän yllättäen toimi myös viikon mittaisella pyöräretkellä selässä, sisällään vettä ja sade- sun muuta vaatetta ja sen sellaista päivän aikana tarvittavaa. Erityisen kotonaan silloin, kun tavaraa on paljon ja se voidaan siirtää ajoneuvolla paikasta toiseen. Tai silloin, kun tavaraa ei ole kovin paljoa, mutta se on hankalan kokoista (nuotiopannut sun muut) ja sitä pitää viedä pitkälle.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
11.11.2016
5/5
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16.11.2016
Mistä aloittaisi? Vaikka siitä, ettät tämä on maailman kestävin reppu, mitä voit tähän hintaan saada. Aloitetaan sivutaskuista. Se vetää juuri ja juuri esim. Airamin 0,7 L termarin eli litran vetoiset kenttäpullot eivät valitettavasti mahdu. Sivutaskun ja päälokeron väliin jäävään rakoon voi sujauttaa, vaikka retkikirveen tai muun esineen, joka ei liikkuessa tipahda raosta.
Päälokero on yksi iso tasku, jossa on makuualustaa varten takalokero. Lokeroon menee BW-makuualusta, jonka suosittelen ostamaan repun yhteydessä. Lokeroon mahtuu makuualusta lisäksi 15" läppäri ja pari kirjaa.
Päätyläpässä on neljä D-lenkkiä joihin voi sitoa hihnoilla huovan, pussukan mitä ikinä haluaakaan.
Tässä on siis mainio reppu reissaamiseen, johon saa pakattua kaiken tarpeellisen. Osta vielä kun näitä saa.
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4/5
I would recommend for a friend
18.11.2016
Olkahihnat ovat surkean kapeat, siksi vaihdatin omaani suutarilla toisen repun leveämpiin remmeihin, nyt kantaa kivutta 15 kg:n nyyttejä. Lantiovyön ja läpän kiristysremmien soljet ovat surkeat, luistavat koko ajan auki. Mutta MUUTEN reppu on yksi parhaista ja hinta/laatu on paras. Makuualusta selkätaskuun tekee lisää ryhtiä reppuun ja helpottaa pakkaamista/käyttämistä. Kaupan kassalla voi huolettaa heittää ostokset sisään ilman suurempaa järjestelyä, ne mahtuvat kyllä. Sivutaskuun menee 0,7 viskipullo ja sisälle reppuun lava bisseä, juopoille tiedoksi.
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5/5
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22.11.2016
Mein gott! What a splendid rucksack for the price.
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5/5
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30.11.2016
Tuntuu vähän turhalta arvostella kyseistä reppua koska sen hienous on niin yleisesti hyväksytty asia jo. Ostin omani kai kuutisen vuotta sitten, ja se on kulkenut selässä täyteen lastattuna niin monta kertaa että kertoja on turha koittaa laskea. Joskus mm. tyhmänä toin täpötäyden repullisen virontuliasisia jääkärirepulla. Kantaja vähän hajosi henkisesti sitä roudatessa, mutta reppu ei tietenkään ollut moksiskaan. Jos repussa haluaa kantaa jotain kulmikasta tai muuten vaan kovaa, suosittelen lämpimästi kuvauksessakin suositellun makuualustan ostamista. Makuualustan taskuun voi tietysti tunkea jotain improvisoituakin pehmustetta, mutta oma kokemukseni on että sellainen lähtee paikoiltaan helposti.
Oma reppuni on ilmeisesti corduraversio, eikä se näytä yhtä päheältä kun paksu puuvilla, mutta perhanan kestävää materiaalia se kyllä on. Omassani ei myöskään ole lannevyötä, mistä olen vähän katkera. Jos ostaisin reppua nyt, katsoisin että saan lannevyöllisen version. Arkikäytössä se olisi tosin varmaankin useammin tiellä kun käytössä.

tl;dr Jos kaipaat reppua joka kestää kovempaa käyttöä kuin omistajansa ja joka näyttää vähän spuudulla tavalla tyylikkäältä, tuskin löydät parempaa diiliä kuin tämä + BW makuualusta.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
15.12.2016
When i finished my military service 17 years ago and had to give my equipment back, i "lost" (aka kept) 3 things: My boots, my sleeping mat and this rucksack. Believe it or not: Even after all these years this ugly old masterpiece is still rockin'
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5/5
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22.12.2016
Kyllä tällä kantaa paut kymmenen kilon ostokset kotia sekä hyvänä että huonona päivänä, kunhan vaan laittaa jotain selän tueksi. Ei tietenkään pakollista, tekee vaan ko. painon raahaamisesta huomattavasti mukavampaa. (No, on tää ollu mukana viikonloppu reissuilla kaupungissa, metässä, lammikoissa uinut, ja muutakin "pientä kivaa", eikä oo ottanu itteensä yhtään.)
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5/5
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31.12.2016
Absolutely brilliant rucksack. The one I got looked brand new, and seems like the construction is very good. This quality at such a low price is absolutely brilliant. A must buy for anyone looking for a near enough indestructible rucksack
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5/5
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07.01.2017
Perfect bag for the 48h weekend huntingtrip. Stores ammo, food, extra clothes and drinks like a champ. Remember to buy the sleeping mat, it is good for the rest and as a light frame/cushion to the hard stuff that usually lands in the sack. Good fasteners for small game on the pack. Simply brilliant in my book.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
03.04.2017
Do yourself a favor and get this backpack. Surprisingly comfy.
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5/5
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06.04.2017
Bought one for use as a camping trip/hiking bag and came back for a second to use as a motorcycle bag for long trips. You won't get this kind of quality out of comparably priced big batch retailers. Simplicity, ruggedness, adequate modularity, and plenty of room - the sleeping mat is a must!
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5/5
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18.04.2017
honestly this backpack just takes the cake, it as tons of space for what it is, at an amazing price. i use this, as the name suggests, for mountain climbing and its just perfect, it can hold a ton of weight and the straps are extremely comfortable for what it is, the to pockets on the side are very useful, but difficult to fill when the main compartment is already full. it comes with a patch of Velcro at the top for a name patch, and a compartment in the main space to store a BW folding sleeping mat, which i highly recommend as it can even be used to stop you ass from getting wet when you take a break and adds amazing support and comfort to the back of the pack. be aware that some items may still be in the backpack from the previous owner, as i got a free sports bra inside mine, but unfortunately did not fit me. please note that the straps are difficult to adjust as you need to tighten them to get them loose, but it means that they absolutely wont come free when using the backpack. unbelievable quality, outstanding price, GET THIS
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5/5
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26.04.2017
Lyhyesti ihan helvetin hyvä reppu kaikenlaiseen retkeilyyn ja spurguiluun.
Tuo lantiovyö nyt on vähän rempula mutta siitä saa tosi käyttökelposen esimerkiks niillä saksalaisten omilla viilekepehmusteilla.
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5/5
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30.04.2017
Suht' tuhoutumattoman oloinen tekele. Välillä on ollut epäilyksiä, että miten kama mahtuu suipon muodon takia, mutta kyllä tuohon tuntuu menevän useimmissa harrasteissa tärkeimmät asiat. Ei ehkä ihan mahdottomin ylipakkausihme, mutta toisaalta hyvittää sitten mahdottomassa kestävyydessä tämän seikan.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
09.05.2017
I acquired a unissued pack 17 years ago. It has faded, one Velcro strap in the pad pocket needs sewing and a small corner of the rubberized base has worn away. I have carried it daily in town and outdoors with everything from an Easter ham to a 72 hour kit.
An idiot on a mini bike came roaring down the sidewalk swearing at me to get the fuck out of HIS way. I did, and hit him with the ruck holding a gallon of milk and 20 cans of cat food. He crashed, I walked on without so much as a dented can or of drop spilled milk.
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5/5
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10.05.2017
Tämä + BW-makuualusta = Aivan loistava hinta-laatu-suhde !
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
14.05.2017
Great backpack and best budget choice you can get. Easily worth many time it's price!
Ordered for my family as BOBs. But they were the perfect daypacks. I combined it with the BW folding sleepingmat and it's a must for anyone!
It's been with me for outings and is my first choice as a hunting pack.
Was unfortunate to rip one of the lower fittings to the shoulder strap. A few minutes with nail and thread fixed it.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
09.06.2017
Reppu tuntuu hyvälle selässä kun sen pakkaa oikein. Toistaiseksi ainakin on kestänyt hyvin painoa. Otin repun heti testiin kun lähdin käymään päiväreissin Norjan Dronningrutalla. En usko, että olisi perus "koulurepulla" selkä kestänyt niin hyvin. Tällä kertaa vain jalat kärsi hiukan vahinkoa.

Ollut iso apu repusta reissussa päiväreissujen ajaksi. Yökamppeita ei kovinkaan hyvä kantaa, mutta muuten kyllä. Pakkaamiseen kannattaa vain panostaa, että reppu on mukava kantaa.
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3.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
18.06.2017
What can I say it's German quality but it's not the most comfortable pack nor most versatile pack. As long as you don't pack more than what's the 8 kg is going to be just fine if you have the bw mat. If you're planning on using this backpack for longer trips I would strongly suggest you get the proper comfortable to wear backpack.
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
22.06.2017
Great medium sized bag for the price. I got one made from cordura dating from '97 and it has been quite impressive. Unfortunately the sleeping mats were sold out, so I can't tell you how it feels with one; however even without the mat the bag is quite comfortable to wear (at least with what I have been putting into it). As well, the bag, thanks to its rubberized coating on the inside and bottom, has kept its contents dry on the occasions that I have walk in the rain. Only complaint that I really have with the bag is that the side pockets are just a little bit too narrow for my liking; they have good depth to them, but the width is just not quite there, but still perfectly functional. All in all, this bag should serve me well for a while (especially because I am not trying to test its limits at all) and is definitely worth the $36 CAD I spent on it.
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4.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
23.06.2017
Just could not fault this great pack
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
07.07.2017
This rucksack really is as good as the earlier reviews suggest it is. Incredibly strong, well designed and comfortable on the back. if you are in two minds about buying one, don't be. Buy it and see for yourself. Whilst I am here a quick word on Varusteleka. I usually buy local. But I make a point of ordering from far-away Varusteleka for camping stuff because they are just very good at what they do. If you have got this far, you know the website is well presented and easy to use. But if you haven't ordered from them, you won't know that they are quick to deliver and have an excellent customer service. I should mention, in particular, the guy on the end of their 'send us a message' button. He dealt with a minor glitch I had quickly, politely and efficiently. If only all businesses were run this way...
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5/5
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16.08.2017
This is the Glock of backpacks. Simple and reliable. Probably one of the best surplus items you can buy, although a slightly lower price would be even better. Great retro look, comfortable straps and a perfect size for a day pack or overnighter in the forest. I have more than 10 different backpacks, but when I strap this one on, I always have a big smile on my face. I won't repeat all the other comments, so I try to add something new. Kleen Kanteen bottles (800 ml) fit nicely in the side pockets. When you use the sleeping pad, for example to sit on during a short break in the snow, it's hard to put it back inside without having to empty the backpack first (depending on what kind of stuff you have inside). There are no internal pockets besides the sleeping pad sleeve (which can be used for some extra stuff). Organize your gear with small, waterproof bags. Quite lightweight despite the rugged material, perhaps thanks to the lack of tacticool molle. I bought two backpacks (and will probably buy more later on). Both were in nice condition with slightly different colours. One even had a German velcro name tag appropriate for my status: "König" (King). Nice touch. My German friend was not so impressed, his name tag allegedly says "Kaiser" (Emperor), which apparently outranks mine... He is such a bastard. To sum it up, if you don't have one of these, you really don't know what you are missing. And the sleeping pad is a must.
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5/5
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21.08.2017
Received one in very good condition.
Rugged and sturdy, comfortable to carry with the BW mat inserted.
A nice piece of kit.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
11.09.2017
Bombproof. Cannot say anything that hasn't been said but will leave a tip: cheap Swiss M84 canteens fit into the side pockets like they were made for it!
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5/5
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17.09.2017
Parempaa rumilusta ei voi löytää! Ollut käytössä pari vuotta metällä, kalassa jne.... kestää ja on hyvä kantaa, en tule luopumaan kyseisestä kantolaitteesta ennenkuin puhki kuluu. Ja sain omani aikanann erittäin hyvä kuntoisena :) kiitos lekalle...
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5/5
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29.09.2017
I am ecstatic. I literally just received my "old model" version of this rucksack 15 minutes ago. It is the version with leather straps and no waist belt. I'm not sure why, but it keeps appearing and disappearing on the site.

Anyway - the bag I received freaking rocks. The leather is in FANTASTIC condition and the metal buckles, etc. all are in great shape - don't even have that white powdery residue you see on them sometimes. I can tell the bag I received was used (there was chalk writing on it) but it's in such great condition I don't believe it ever actually went into the field. The rubberized bottom has no scratches...what, did they hang it in a tree or leave it in a vehicle?? Amazing.

Thanks for a great product guys. I'm gonna love this pack.
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4/5
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01.10.2017
Overall, really great bag fro the price. The one I received was made in 2008 by Wise Pearl (a company in Hong Kong, China). The main fabric is a very sturdy ballistic nylon. I bought the kip mat as well, but I don't recommend it; the mat creates a very stiff back panel and ridge that rubs your lower lumbar region. I actually cut my kip mat down to reduce its stiffness -- now it is perfect. But really, any piece of closed-cell foam padding cut to the right size will suffice. The only real downside of the bag is the shoulder straps: They are comfortable, but the outer fabric is basically a twill trouser fabric that is not very hard-wearing. Will these straps need replacing one day? Likely. Even still, a nice bag fro the price.
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5/5
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04.10.2017
A superbr rucksack. I noticed this sleeve for the folding pad is big enough for at least two of them. Very robust,
I was pleased to see mine turned ut to be canvas.
And impressed with the shipping time, about 8 days from Helsinki to Seattle.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
04.10.2017
Piti tilata toinen kun ensimmäiseen oli ilmeisesti joku jääkärihommiin vittuuntunut tehnyt puukolla läppään harmittavan viillon, muuten oli siistissä kunnossa oleva cordura-versio. Toinen olikin sitten 12 vuotta vanhempi malli, erilaista materiaalia, hiukan elämää nähnyt mutta omissa silmissä paremman näköinen ja vaikuttaa pomminkestävältä.
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5/5
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04.10.2017
Mine was in great condition. One of the side pocket buckles was threaded wrong, so assume it was turned in for a replacement after issue and got lost in the system. Fixed the buckle, and all is fine.
It is a shoulder carry pack, the belt is just to keep it from moving around. Stay under 10 kilos for comfort, though the pack can carry more. It holds a 24 case of beer plus lots of food, so I named it "der bierfest wagen". Weekend party in a backpack. First time I named a ruck.
It would work well as a SHTF pack as long as you collect the small items into a kit. Anything smaller than a tennis ball can fall out, unless packed carefully.
Oh, and it's a great 2 day hiking trip ruck for decent weather. Just wish it had strap attachments for the bottom. Get the BW pad for it, trust me.
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5/5
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15.10.2017
:-D
I got one from '91. That makes it a 26 year old ruck, and it looks like it's gonna last plenty more years!
First I got one with a broken bracket. Took a picture and complained. They sent me another one. This time a model with heavy duty rubber on the bottom and under the lid. It has a few holes, which was poorly fixed, so I cut the tread and rerepaired the holes. This has brought me closer to the ruck.
It's a really beautiful piece of work with patina, and it will surely last many years longer than any modern hitek-loweight-fancycolored-plastic-ruck.
Get yours today, but remember to clarify you want the model with rubber bottom!
Anyway for euro:30 you can't really go wrong.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
20.10.2017
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