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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.
And yes, we're pretty sure this can be carried as hand luggage in airplanes.
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.
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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