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Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus. Closure with a simple cord. Note the zippered pocket on the flap.
Closure with a simple cord. Note the zippered pocket on the flap.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus. Cotton on the left, Nylon on the right.
Cotton on the left, Nylon on the right.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
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Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus

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The classic Norwegian army "Telemark" pack, a very basic military backpack with a steel frame. Simple, tough, and cheap, an excellent example of a proper army surplus kit! Affectionally is known as "Ludvig" by Norwegian troops, named after a character invented by Norwegian author Kjell Aukurust. Originally made by Bergans.

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Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus. Closure with a simple cord. Note the zippered pocket on the flap.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus. Cotton on the left, Nylon on the right.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.
Norwegian Backpack with Steel Frame, Surplus.

The classic Norwegian army "Telemark" pack, a very basic military backpack with a steel frame. Simple, tough, and cheap, an excellent example of a proper army surplus kit! Affectionally is known as "Ludvig" by Norwegian troops, named after a character invented by Norwegian author Kjell Aukurust. Originally made by Bergans.

Altough this model hails from somewhere in between the ages of dragons and Vikings, it was still issued in the Norwegian armed forces until recently. And why shouldn't it be? This is a really tough, soldier-proof basic rucksack. Nowadays getting scarce, get yours while stocks last!

Please note: The extra equipment, genuine enemy skull, Norwegian snow monster pelts and traditional close combat weapons are not included! The same goes for all the extra straps in the pictures, these we can't guarantee.

Features:

  • Estimated total volume approx. 40 litres.
  • One large main compartment and two side pouches.
  • Large, well covering flaps with leather straps.
  • Adjustable leather shoulder straps.
  • Removeable steel frame, which can be carried separately. Things otherwise difficult to carry may be easier to lug around when fastened to a rigid frame.
  • Leather reinforced bottom.
  • A small zippered pouch inside the main flap.
  • Skis or two-handed axes can be carried behind the side pouches, but the straps might not be included. The same goes for any straps that are not permanently fixed to the ruck!
  • Weight about 2 kg! That's what you get when you make stuff properly in the olden days.

Extra kit can easily be strapped onto the ruck in many places, or directly to the frame. We recommend you stock up some utility straps just in case!

Canvas / Nylon

Although the basic model has stayed the same, at some point they made a major material change from canvas to nylon. Both are regularly encountered in the market. We separate these when we get each batch. The straps, frame, and style remain the same in all types.

So, which is the "better"? Well it's the nylon one of course; more durable, lighter, dries up faster, weighs less when wet. But the call of vintage canvas can sometimes be hard to resist... you know who you are.

Genuine army surplus

Used, but still perfectly serviceable, even in the pretty nice condition generally. Many straps are fixed onto the ruck with multiple rivets, and some of these may have come loose (but this is rare). This rarely causes any trouble and is easily fixed with a couple of stitches or other own patents.

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18.07.2021 (Edited 28.07.2021)
Omani haisi ihan kuolemalle tullessaan mutta haju on kadonnut kahden viikon tuuletuksen ja käytön jälkeen. Repussa on selvästi käytönjälkeä mutta kaikki on kuitenkin kunnossa peruspätevä rankareppu kaikinpuolin. Ollut mukana ihan perus yhden yön reissuilla ja välillä roudannu töidenvuoksi mettään kaikkea epämukavan muotoista porakonetta ja bensakanisteria tällä kun ei paina rangan vuoksi selkään.
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Four and a half stars
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21.07.2021 (Edited 27.07.2021)
A solid pack. I got a nylon one. Plenty of space for whatever you would need to carry and the leather straps are not too degraded or dry. Comfortable on the back and the frame provides good support. Downside is that it is a bit stinky (in a warehouse sort of way) and the nylon doesn't take on fabric freshener. So, maybe air it out for a little bit.
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Five stars
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01.03.2022
This is the pack I’ve been looking for. Proper canvas, leather, and rivets. The pack I received was very lightly used. Made in 1957, but in beautiful shape. A new pack like this made by other manufacturers are going for hundreds of dollars today. If you want an old school no nonsense nostalgic bushcraft pack, this is it! Thank you Varusteleka!
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Five stars
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01.03.2022
I received a canvas backpack, dated 1974, practically unissued, with only a few scuffs on the bottom of the metal frame. All the leather straps were included. The leather parts were a bit dry, and after having absorbed a ridiculous amount of leather grease, it is very satisfyingly soft to the touch. It must have had a very quirky ownership, as I found in the lid pocket a pair of unused ear plugs made in the UK and a few dry pine needles in a side pocket. Otherwise, a comfortable pack for up to 10 kg of load and definitely an eye-turner.
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Five stars
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23.06.2022
Ostin Nailonisen.
On ihan kuin vasta Valmistettu.
Kuin Uusi.
Todella hyvin istuu Selkään.
Very Cool.
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