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Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.

Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack

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The Soviet "Veshmeshok" rucksack is quite likely the best carrying sack in recent history. Therefore we just had to make our own Jämä version of it. An awesome backpack for schoolbooks or groceries, or pretty much anything else, even as a gift.

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Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.
Jämä Veshmeshok Rucksack.

The Soviet "Veshmeshok" rucksack is quite likely the best carrying sack in recent history. Therefore we just had to make our own Jämä version of it. An awesome backpack for schoolbooks or groceries, or pretty much anything else, even as a gift.

The history of the Veshmeshok is a bit dark and mysterious but what is known is that it was the most popular Soviet army rucksack during the last century. An excellent example that it is sometimes worth spending some time on comfort. One doesn’t just get an idea to make something like this. Except that we just made something like this. Although our Jämä Veshmeshok is even simpler. If you like the design, we will make more of them from other fabrics.

Design

In all its simplicity, Jämä Veshmeshok is sort of a potato sack that is closed with the shoulder straps. This simply ingenious design prevents pick-pockets from going through the contents when you're wearing it. It comes with instructions, so you don’t have to figure it out on your own. We streamlined the design by leaving out the original side straps.

This sack comes with one smaller pocket with a Velcro closure.

Materials

M62

First we made this sack in the classic Finnish M62 camo, affectionately known as the pickle relish. This sack is made of 100% cotton. It is a surplus fabric from a Finnish fabric store. We used all of it for these sacks, so we won’t be getting more. If you fall in love with these, get yours before they are gone.

M05

This version is made in the current Finnish army M05 woodland camo pattern. It is a surplus fabric from a work clothing manufacturer that makes stuff for the Finnish Defence Forces. It is 50% polyester and 50% cotton (275 g/m2). It is less floppy than the M62 fabric.

Sizing

Measurements: 66 x 44 cm (26” x 17.3”). When folded, it fits in e.g. a cargo pant pocket, so it works quite nicely as a shopping bag. Small pocket: 24 x 21 cm (9.5” x 8.3”). Weight is so minimal that it doesn’t really need mentioning.

Made in Finland

These sacks are made in Forssa in Finland by Suomen Käsityöteollisuuden Oy.

Jämä is upcycled surplus

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Jämä is a Finnish word meaning leftovers or scraps. It’s also one of our house brands for equipment made from recycled or surplus materials. From time to time we accumulate stuff that doesn't sell well but is made out of outstanding materials. We've also got several capable seamstresses here, and the equation is pretty clear: cut that useless stuff apart and sew it back together to create something useful.

Because Finnish labor is one of the most expensive in the world, these are very simple, practical and rugged in design. Our development and prototype production remains in-house while most of the production is outsourced to Turku and other cities - still within Finland. Simplicity means strength: the fewer parts there are, the smaller the chance of breaking anything.

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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

04.09.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
A modern execution of the classic veshmeshok, which should translate as "potato sack with straps." The modern cloth makes the bag very light and easy to store when not in use. The lack of padding on the straps is not a problem as I wear this in combination with web load-bearing equipment, so the veshmeshok straps ride on top of the padded straps from the LBE. Surprisingly large capacity.
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Two and a half stars
I would not recommend to a friend

21.09.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
A practical backpack for your daily needs and a nice secondary backpack for the outdoor as it folds nicely. It can even work as a haversack just by adjusting where you tie the knot with the straps

Edit: An issue is that the straps tend to roll themselves up, making them uncomfortable. They can be ironed back into shape, but it's only a temporary solution. I wonder if stiching them up exactly like in the original veshmeshok would solve the issue
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Three and a half stars
I would not recommend to a friend

26.09.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
I got the M05 variant and it is both amazing and shitty. Much prettier than the original and the materials are a lot better too but this is not made to take a beating like the original. Weakish stitching and no reinforced stitches anywhere, not even where the straps are attached! This is a simple cloth bag, not a bombproof backpack like the original. It can easily be greatly improved upon if you own a sewing machine though.

"I would recommend for a friend?" Yes, a friend that own a sewing machine and have time. Everyone else should buy the original instead!

Btw the Finnish liner bag that you can find here has pretty much the exact same measurements. Great in combination with this or the original veshmeshok.
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Varusteleka Varusteleka 08.06.2021
Hello and thank you for your review! Sorry to hear the stitches wasn't top quality! Did the stitches break? If so, would it be possible to get the broken backpack to Varusteleka so we can check the quality with our subcontractor? Our customer service (info[at]varusteleka.com) would be happy to help you with the return and refund :)
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

19.01.2021 (Edited 15.06.2021)
I own 2 Soviet Veshmeshoks, and they had straps for either a sleeping bag, blanket, or jacket... these looks like they don't... that's a slight problem...
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Four stars
I would recommend for a friend

29.03.2021 (Edited 30.06.2021)
Kehitysehdotus: Olkahihnan liitäntöjä voisi vahvistaa jotenkin. Olen käyttänyt tätä nyt noin puoli vuotta ja liitännät ovat alkaneet pettää. Muuten hyvä reppu.
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Varusteleka Varusteleka 09.07.2021
Moikka ja kiitos viestistäsi! Tämä lähtee heti kehitykseen. Ja tuo hajonnut saumahan menee tuotetakuun piiriin eli kuvaa pettäneestä saumasta vaan osoitteeseen info[at]varusteleka.fi.
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