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Dutch "Lowe Alpine Saracen rucksack", DPM, surplus

Dutch "Lowe Alpine Saracen rucksack", DPM, surplus

Price 128.99 USD excluding VAT

A fully modern, well designed rucksack for an unbeatable price - a Dutch army copy of the Lowe Alpine Saracen ruck. 100 + 20 = 120 litres carrying capacity and adjustable back. Modern stuff through and through.

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A fully modern, well designed rucksack for an unbeatable price - a Dutch army copy of the Lowe Alpine Saracen ruck. 100 + 20 = 120 litres carrying capacity and adjustable back. Modern stuff through and through.

The Dutch are out of their mind to let stuff this good go. This kit is as good as they come, suitable for situations where poor quality items could mean serious failure.

Modern design

The bag

  • Total volume 100 litres
  • A large main compartment, with two low profile pockets
  • A bottom compartment divided from the main compartment with a drawcord sock
  • Free floating lid with a pocket on top
  • Weather sock on the mouth
  • Removeable side pouches (10 l each)
  • A huge amount of attachment points for extra stuff and PALS/MOLLE compatible stuff.
  • An inside pocket for a standard hydration bladder (Source WXP will fit)
  • Reinforced bottom

Compression straps on the sides, hidden behind the side pouches side pouches. When you remove the side pouches, the side zippers can be closed, making the pack extra slim. The side pouches can also be zipped together to form a daypack, but the straps for this are not included. The space between the rucksack and the side pouch is left open for carrying longer stuff.

Carrying

  • Internal metal frame
  • Padded shoulder straps with proper good adjustments
  • Strap location can be adjusted according to user's size
  • Sternum strap often included
  • Padded hip belt with "Bergbuckle"
  • Padded back

Dimensions

  • Fully packed ruck measurements about 70 x 90 x 40 cm
  • Main compartment size roughly 35 x 70 x 25 cm
  • Side pouch dimensions about 20 x 35 x 12 cm
  • Weight pretty exactly 4 kg and a few grams.

Material and care

The material is water resistant, IRR treated DPM camouflaged cordura. military grade stuff, very strong. As for care, brush dirt off, use mild soap if necessary. The pack won't mind getting wet of course, but don't try to stuff it inside a washing machine.

Dutch army surplus

Used, but in serviceable condition. The fabric may be faded and there's bound to be some signs of use, but all of the vital parts work. Below a little list of notable things

  • The frame might require some re-shaping (use hands)
  • There might be extra general purpose straps somewhere attached to the ruck, or not.
  • The chest strap might be missing.
  • Some random not-so-important bits may be damaged or something, we have no resources to meticulously check every tidbit of a pack this complex. By purchasing a used military rucksack for about a third of its actual as-new value, you just have to accept these things.
  • Most things are easily repaired!

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28.01.2020
Best value for money ever for a rucksack. I bought the previous version and tested in Swedish Lapland for a week long trekking in the wilderness. Excellent ergonomy, lots of space and side pockets can be used as a sizable and easy-to-carry small backpack. Details are well designed, e.g. access to the hood pocket from both sides and lots of MOLLE attachment points all around the pack. Definitely recommend!
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I would recommend for a friend

30.04.2020
One of the best designed rucks I've ever had my hands on. Mine came in very nice used condition with one shoulder strap attached to one of the detachable pods. The pods don't seem to zip together to make a daypack like similar designs, but that's alright. Some small modifications will fix that.

Yes, there are scuffs on the buckles from where it got slid into a truck or dragged across the floor by a previous owner. Yes, there are a couple of small mends here and there, but they were done professionally and are probably stronger than the original material. One small zipper on the lid needs to be replaced, but that's all of 15 minutes of work and a $3 zipper.

Absolutely worth the purchase if you're the type to actually use gear and not just take pictures of it to show off on the Internet.
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