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Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 2.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. Note the metal "strap ladders" on the front.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. The lid is enormous.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. A view inside the main compartment.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. The lower pockets open  up towards the user.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 2.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 2.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 2. There might be faults like this too.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. Note the sternum and waist straps, which can't be taken for granted when it comes to army stuff!

Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus

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The rubberized ugly cousin of the legendary LJK rucksack, this monstrosity is probably meant as a medic ruck. However, apart from a few small details, it could be like any external frame ruck made a couple of decades back.

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Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 2.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. Note the metal "strap ladders" on the front.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. The lid is enormous.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. A view inside the main compartment.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. The lower pockets open  up towards the user.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 2.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 2.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 2. There might be faults like this too.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1.
Finnish external frame rucksack, green, surplus. Grade 1. Note the sternum and waist straps, which can't be taken for granted when it comes to army stuff!

The rubberized ugly cousin of the legendary LJK rucksack, this monstrosity is probably meant as a medic ruck. However, apart from a few small details, it could be like any external frame ruck made a couple of decades back.

  • Waterproof external steel frame ruck
  • Height 72 cm, width 46 cm, weight 3,4 kg, volume maybe 100 litres
  • Possibly medic issue

Like most others, this is one helluva big external frame ruck, with a surprisingly advanced harness system made of... leather. The insides comprise a large main compartment, two side pockets, and two interesting frontal openings lower pockets. All of these are covered with a huge lid. The whole thing is waterproof thanks to the rubberized fabric.

When you throw the lid out of the way, there's a ladder-style attachment base which you are supposed to run straps through to attach more stuff. The lid is so big you can even fit your partner under it, so don't worry about it. The straps might not be included, but any up 17 mm (0,67") diameter ones will do. When you're ready, the package can be secured with two horizontal compression straps.

The frame is steel and harness leather. The rucksack can be removed from the frame if you want to use the frame for anything else, like carrying firewood or the kids. The harness system is actually pretty cool, with such features as a sternum strap, padded hip belt, and metal clip hooks meant for God-knows-what.

A word about the materials. The main fabric is rubberized nylon or something, and quite thick. The leather parts are properly thick too and FDF grey in color. Everything else is steel!

Two grades

Grade 1

In lightly used, very good shape. There might be some rust on the metal parts due to long storage.

Grade 2

Heavily used. There's a lot of wear and you might have to even repair something. Fortunately, these kinds of things actually can be repaired!

Finnish army surplus!

Genuine Finnish army surplus, probably made in the '80s. We don't know a lot about these. We were told they were medical rucksacks but go figure. There are two distinct colors; dark green and light green. We won't pick, you get one or the other.

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Three stars
I would recommend for a friend

20.01.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Tuollaisia rinkkoja kuului aikoinaan ns kevyen JSP:n ja komppaniatadon sidontapaikan kalustoon 2-3 kpl.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

22.01.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
I bought the Grade 1 rucksack. It looks like it was never used. The leather straps will need some TLC but otherwise this rucksack is great.

SPOILER: Unfortunately the sexy Finnish soldier from the pictures was not included in the shipment. This should have been noted in the description.
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Four stars
I would recommend for a friend

03.03.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
A very nice and interesting backpack, with some unique features. I bought the Grade 1 and got a decent one. More like something between the Grade 1 and Grade 2, but well, still good though. The material is sturdy, the leather straps need a lot of grease (and there are a lot of them) and the steel frame will last forever. Some of the leather-backings where the straps are riveted to the fabric are missing, but that doesn't have any negative impact so far.
The harness-straps are not padded, with exception of the hip belt. This is no problem when you carry moderate loads up to 35kg. Beyond that you might consider adding pads. Overall quite comfortable to carry and for that price absolutely recommended.
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Four and a half stars
I would recommend for a friend

20.03.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Pelonsekaisin tuntein odottelin tilauksen saapumista ja kun se viimein saapui, revin laatikon auki lapsenomaisella innostuksella. Sisältä paljastui rumilus, joka muistutti lähinnä yliajettua sammakkoa, ja joka lisättynä leffaan Uinu uinu lemmikkini olisi taatusti saanut yleisön poistumaan oksennellen salista. Katsokaapa vain tuon kakkoslaatuisen kuvia, koska omani taitaa olla juurikin tuo kuvissa esiintyvä yksilö :)
Ei siinä mitään. Aikani hirviötä tutkittuani tulin siihen tulokseen että tämähän piru vieköön on pientä reikää ja vääntynyttä solkea lukuunottamatta ehjä, joten pussiosio irti ja pesuun ja samalla kunnostin nahkahihnat, joista yksi näytti vähän väsymisen merkkejä ollen venynyt, muiden ollessa lähinnä rapeita.
Vaan pienellä vaivannäöllä tästä sukeutui, jos ei näyttelyiden kehutuin yksilö, niin ainakin kovaa käyttöä sietävä ja hemmetin tilava rinkka, jota on vieläpä äärimmäisen mukava kantaa isossakin lastissa. Kokeiltu on. Onneksi maailmasta löytyy vielä nahkahihnojakin niin tämä on helppo korjata jos joku niistä pettää.
Tähtiä nuinkin paljon koska tämä yllätti positiivisesti.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

23.06.2021 (Edited 30.06.2021)
Bought the grade one rucksack got one in amazing condition. Not even a bit of that mold/rubber smell, I didn't expect that as other waterproof surplus rucksack I got before this one had an awful smell so I'm extremely happy.

I got tons of leather straps more than I would know what to do with them. All of the leather was in fine shape needs just oiling, very little mold on some pieces that can be easily removed. Just one buckle had a very little rust which again can be easily scraped off. All the other buckles and metal parts are in perfect condition.

Rucksack is not that gigantic as I thought it would be when empty but can be gigantic because of the huge upper lid. You can pack all your wordly belongings in it and overpack it with the loot of conquered foes and you would still have room in it because of the huge side and lower pockets.

Its very comfortable when on your back as all other external frame rucksacks and can be adjusted pretty easily. The way that the pack is strapped to the frame gives me a feeling that you can carry extremely heavy load without danger to the pack or to your back.

All in all this might have been the best buy I had on Varusteleka and that says a lot as I have bought fair amount of things and I'm very pleased with everything but this pack is God's gift especially considering the price which is hilariously cheap. Varusteleka hats off to you.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

09.07.2021 (Edited 15.07.2021)
If I could give this 6 stars out of five, I would. Very impressed by the condition, the only damage was dust and rust from 30-40 years of storage, otherwise MINT- So, SO pleased with this purchase. I have the "famous" LK 70 but it is shitty in the rain, so I will use this MONSTER to lug supplies to my cabin in wet weather. Perhaps the biggest ruck I own - well over 70l, maybe over 100. Very glad to own it.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

05.08.2021
Great quirky rucksack. I detached it from the frame and use it to hold my base camp kit. It can't hold everything that I bring for base camp, but it holds most of it, sans the netting and tarps.

I then attached a FILBE rucksack, replaced the hip belt with a FILBE hip belt, and added shoulder pads for a little extra comfort, and this thing is comfortable. I do regret not using hip belt that can be tucked inside itself, so that it can be comfortably used by shoulder straps alone... but at the same time... I doubt I'll ever need to use it in such a way, as it doesn't have any quick releases.

I have yet to take it out into the bush, but I've taken it for a few klicks through deep sand and I was surprised by how much I like the leather harness and chest strap. The harness feels like something you would use on a horse, and using it to carry 40% your body weight for a couple miles really makes you feel beastly, although it's more akin to a beast of burden. The two leather straps that are used as back rests are also fairly comfortable when properly adjusted.

I bought the grade 2, and honestly, it didn't need any repairs. Mine came with 2 leather compression straps and 4 leather utility straps, and only one of the leather compression straps looked like it was heavily used, as it was stretched from usage over time. The compression straps are 2 peices, with each piece being attached to the frame via staples. I've been debating removing them... as I hate excessive strap dangling... but we will see. Also, after removing the vinyl rucksack and hip belt, I found there were 2 buckles that are also mounted to the frame via staples, which is my only real gripe, that tools are required to properly replace the straps. Even the harness is stapled to itself.

The frame is larger than an Alice pack frame, which is exactly what I wanted. I wanted something that would let me carry a full 5 days worth of gear and water. And this frame is a great base for building a unique and individualized pack.

Overall, this is a great investment for those who like rising to the challenge, as opposed to those who prefer decreasing the challenge.
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