Italian daypack, surplus
A small, smelly but weirdly charming old daypack. In Italy they never managed to come up with effective kit, but what they lacked in practicality they made up in fashionability! This pack will hold a day's worth of an Italian soldier's stuff included the picnic blanket, or your daily stuff with a laptop.
A pack in the true sense of the word, this Italian offering is pretty aesthetical for an army product. Along with the nice square form it has two shoulder straps and a somewhat secure closure, and two adjustable side pockets with hook & loop closure. The pockets really do bring a bit of gentlemanly spirit to the whole package thanks to the drawcords! All in all, not really handy rucksack compared even to its peers, because the R&D institute in Italy was, is and probably will be in complete chaos. However everyone must have always looked good and that's the thing they managed to bring to the gear too!
On the bottom you'll find short-ish fixed straps for the picnic blanket or shelter half. The center piece with the snaps is meant to be fixed to your combat belt. Metal clips on the shoulder straps for quick release, and the carrying handle on the top will surely come in handy!
When you first pick the beautiful square pack up, you'll notice two things. First, it smells. That's a traditional musty warehouse odour right there. Second, it's pretty damn solid. That's because it's made of thick canvas with rubber coating on the inside. This means it's pretty much waterproof in normal use, even though it looks like something originating from the 19th century.
- Main comparment dimensions 24 x 38 x 15 cm (with room for upwards adjustment)
- Side pocket dimensions 6 x 38 x 15 cm (adjustable too!)
- Volume about 20 litres with everything included
- Weight empty about 1,5 kg, whoa.
And yes, we're pretty sure this can be carried as hand luggage in airplanes.
"Oh no! This needs washing!"
Yes, we understand. We ask you to resist the urge of throwing the thing in a washing machine. Instead, pick up a bucket full o' water, some soap, a solid good brush and start scrubbing. Last, rinse the pack well and leave it hanging upside down until dry. It might still smell. The smell might come off with use.
Genuine army vintage
Old, used, intact and maybe a bit dirty at times. And let's say it again just for measure: these do smell of an old warehouse. If you know you can't handle it, we suggest looking at other options. No pun intended, really.
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does not recommend
Charilaos G. 23.02.2018 (Edited 06.12.2019)
Sam t. 14.09.2018
Tomas A. 30.09.2018
Sami K. 26.10.2019
David B. 04.11.2019
I still use my bag but as much. It had a plastic lining that is all f*cked up inside after stored camping gear in it. The plastic lining the bottom is in shreds so beware its not super tough.
Other than that good bag. The lacing on the sides make good boot laces...
Recep Ç. 14.11.2019
Carsten C. 04.12.2019
The pack isn't much to look at unless you have all the compartments packed full. It comes squished flat so if you want to shape it, just pack it full of stuff until you get to the desired squarish shape.
My only real gripe is the shoulder straps. My shoulders are fairly broad and I'm a bit of a larger guy. These straps come about as loose as they'll get and it's still a bit of a squeeze to get in there. Once they're on, they sit fairly tight and it's a bit of a struggle to get them off again. Definitely something to keep in mind when buying this pack. Might look bigger on smaller folk but it'll fit better, trust me.