Czechoslovakian M60 backpack, w/o suspenders, brown, surplus
A small, brown canvas or linen backpack from Czechoslovakia. These are probably made in the earlier part of the Cold War, copied almost directly from the German World War 2 era rucksack. Actually a pretty nice piece, especially considering the price! The Y-straps are not included!
Czechoslovakia kept the old tradition of copying western (especially German) stuff alive even under red pressure. The overall design looks very familiar to anyone who knows their Wehrmacht kit, most obviously the attachment system is reversed: rings on the backpack, hooks on the Y-harness. The harness is sold separately, some might not need them or need only them.
Volume maybe 20 litres, with two smaller outer pockets. No frame on this, but you can slide in a piece of a foam mat in the internal pocket for support.
The included Y-harness is designed to keep your belt kit up, but this feature is redundant for most users and makes normal use difficult. A neat trick is to bend the metal hook thingies "shut" if you have no need to take them off. Alternatively you can tie the hooks to the rings with pieces of string. Failing to do this will cause misery everytime you put the pack down and a hook comes undone.
Compared to modern rucksacks, this little thing might look a bit archaic, but it's genuine vintage stuff made to military specs so it won't be falling apart anytime soon. If you enjoy modern features and advances in anatomic design, look for something else. For a bit of a crusty person who doesn't give a shit, or if you have a good eye for fashion, this is a must-have.
Czech army surplus
Used, but in good serviceable condition. One day these will be gone forever, get yours while still available!
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Nyt L. 12.08.2016 (Edited 13.06.2017)
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David F. 23.01.2018
Matija K. 21.06.2018 (Edited 21.06.2018)
Peyton B. 28.06.2018
The clasps for the suspender system are finicky, but the photos on the Varusteleka site were very helpful in figuring out how to attach them correctly. I would definitely recommend bending the metal clasps closed or using cord to keep them in place. I noticed they had a tendency to slip out every time I sat the bag down.
The thing I like most about this bag is how amazingly capacious it is. One could fit enough equipment for an overnight camping trip - though the simplistic suspender system isn't the best for supporting as much weight as the bag can hold. All in all, a nice bag for day trips. The recipient of the gift was happy and I am too.
Nooa H. 04.07.2018
Jason C. 12.07.2018 (Edited 16.11.2018)
Evert T. 14.07.2018
Jess S. 29.11.2018 (Edited 29.11.2018)
Pack 1. The fittings which are there are badly rusted, two missing shoulder D-links, which basically means it won't even connect to the harness and is useless as a backpack. It is also missing the cord to cinch the top opening. This should never have been shipped. It is obviously deficient compared to the product description. "it's genuine vintage stuff made to military specs so it won't be falling apart anytime soon".
Pack 2. Its great! Exactly as described, used but serviceable, and I'm sure I'll be using it for many years to come. After all it looks cool as hell and seems tough as nails.
Please have a chat with whoever does the warehouse picking and management, someone certainly didn't give a shit when they inspected my first one, and I've been very impressed by you guys up till now.
Manuel P. 20.12.2018
Robert Q. 16.01.2019
Obviously it's in used condition but the only issue my bag has is that the closing strap of the main pocket had been previously repaired.
I would suggest bending the strap hooks and squeezing the buckle with a pair of pliers as they do come off very easily. Other than that I gave the bag a wax with some Varustuleka wax to make it waterproof in those Scottish rains.
Great bag at an amazing price. Couldn't be happier.
E M. 08.03.2019
Despite all this, I will continue to use the bag.
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.