Italian mountain rucksack, surplus
A large canvas/linen blend sack, with some very Italian details. Even though not actually a very good rucksack, this certainly is tough and has a certain retro charm to it.
Made in the days when luxuries like frames and sternum straps were seldom seen, this pack, as far as we know, was meant for mountain troops. It is probably for this reason that the main compartment's closure system is very secure, although thoroughly Italian in complexity: under the lid there's a huge array of metal grommets with a chain to put it all together. "How?" you ask. Well, don't ask us - we have no idea of the correct way to do this. We bet the Italians don't know either. See the picture for how we went about this. That took us a lot of time to do. The mouth itself doesn't have any tightening system - any piece of cord will do. Or chain, if you stay loyal to the style of the pack...
Apart from these oddities the rest of the pack is pretty run-of-the-mill: very basic shoulder straps with a quick release system and two outer pockets. You could easily come up with a DIY stiffener for the back. It could a be as simple as a cut up piece of foam mat.
For you all canvas and flax lovers (we know there's a lot of you around) this is an excellent deal - bomb proof army issue quality for tenth of the price of modern "retro" stuff. When was the last time you saw a linen rucksack as modern manufacture anyway?
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does not recommend
Thomas H. 26.01.2017 (Edited 26.01.2017)
Patrice B. 07.05.2017
Reg M. 01.06.2017 (Edited 01.06.2017)
Steve B. 21.12.2017
Esa P. 19.02.2018
Tom C. 27.04.2018 (Edited 23.05.2019)
The italian army meme lives on.
Fredrik T. 28.06.2018
Sadly it smells A LOT, even after a soak, a wash, and even a go in the washing machine. If you don't mind the surplus smell then this is a great bag, especially if you have a thing for rigid canvas. It's extremely roomy and rather comfortable to wear and has already served me well on a couple little hikes and as a gym bag. As a college student though, i feel like i need to get it stink-free before I use it at lectures.
4 stars because of the smell.
Jason C. 23.08.2018
Felix A. 07.02.2019
The rucksack itself is very nice looking and durable, but the smell is absolutely horrible. So if you enjoy your rucksacks smelling like spores of mold and fungus go ahead and buy this one you'll love it.
Andrew D. 14.04.2019
Peter H. 17.04.2019
Heli S. 14.05.2019
Jari N. 20.05.2019 (Edited 19.06.2019)
EDIT. Se mitä luulin alunperin tujuksi varastodunkiksi, paljastuikin ehdaksi homeen hajuksi. Itselläni alkoi esiintyä hengitystieongelmia jonkin ajan kuluttua repun kotiin kantamisesta. Tuli sitten mieleen, että joskohan Italian ihmeellä olisi jotain tekemistä asian kanssa - reppu kun lojui pari viikkoa pienen kaksioni nurkassa, parin metrin päässä sängystä. Siirsin repun sitten ullakolle, ja hengityshäikät alkoivat helpottaa (kärsin vasomotorisesta nuhasta, joten ero ei ollut kuin yöllä ja päivällä). Asia varmistui myöhemmin, kun otin repun taas esille ajatuksella hyödyntää osia siitä muuhun käyttöön. Lähes heti tunsin poskionteloissani ja henkitorvessani paljon puhuvia oireita. :( Joten ei, tätä reppua EI voi suositella - jo pelkästään terveyssyistä.
Rasmus W. 24.05.2019
Mine has some minor wear and tear from but nothing is missing or broken and some genious actually added a cord to the chain-puzzle for easier closing (yours might not). It weight around 60 kgs empty, but hey, that just means its quality right? Probably not a good daily use bag, but great if you want to pack half your home for camping or sneak an extra person into the movie theather its great!
-Worn juuuust right for it to have that ''its been around the block'' look.
-It has that nice musky/funky ''Its been stored in some damp military warehouse for 35 years''-smell so you know its legit.
- It has that musky/funky smell so your girlfriend/mother/person of responsibility in your life wont let you keep it inside the house.
Emil H. 28.05.2019
But, its huge, fun and very durable! I like it alot!
But also it seems VERY used. But that doesnt really seem like an issue for this indestructable and smelly bag.
Definitely worth the money spent!
Jeff D. 29.05.2019