Czech M85 Shoulder Bag, surplus
Here's a shoulder bag that says you're not afraid. While the looks may have to grow on you, it's a pretty useful simple shoulder bag that easily converts into a bike pannier if you like.
If you weren't lucky enough to get a Finnish gas mask bag when they were still available, and the Polish breadbag is too flimsy and impractical, check out this candidate. Scruffy looks, handy size and sturdy construction make this the best thing since... well, the Finnish gas mask bag.
Build: Made of nylon-reinforced vinyl fabric, which means 100 % waterproofness and will not deteriorate over time. Magic! The webbing is nylon and helluva strong with steel D-rings, hooks and buckles. Stitches, rivets! Will not break!
Colour: Dark Non-Eco Green with a hint of Bad Teeth Brown. Vertical texture reminiscent of The Matrix code, but you are not the chosen one.
Compartments: One main space with a divider, with two organizing pouches covered by a flap. The pouches are rather large, you can fit eight (8!) regular 330 ml / 11.2 oz beer cans in them, or four pint-sized ones. The weather flaps have snap-fasteners and can be used as smaller pockets when left hanging.
All the things outside the pack: On the top you'll find a carrying handle and D-rings for the sling. The main flap can be secured with two steel buckles. The bottom has two pairs of D-rings for any extra gear you might want to tie down or dangle along, and the back has a short piece of webbing attached to tie the pack down. Also, note the place for a nametag.
Ugliness: The hideous appearance has a side benefit, as it does make the contents less desirable in the eyes of thieves. Also makes the bag's owner appear less wealthy and trustworthy.
The price: Ridiculously cheap.
Measurements and numbers
- Volume about 8 litres (488 cu in)
- Dimensions from seam to seam about 27 x 22 x 13 cm (11" x 9" x 5")
- Weight 0.4 kg (0.88 lbs)
Czech army surplus
Genuine military surplus from the good old days, or just the old days. Well, at least army kit was made to last back then.
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Josh S. 09.09.2019
Is there a better bag out there for only $4? Not that I'm aware of.
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