NVA Sturmgepäck combat pack, Strichtarn, w/o yoke, surplus
The East German Sturmgepäck (assault pack) is not as bad a piece of kit as you'd think: a simple, square shaped pack made of thick, waterproofed fabric with Strichtarn camo, carried with Y-suspenders (not included!) or anything you clip it onto. Can also be attached to bike racks with very little work!
To increase the carrying capacity, loops for extra stuff (blankets, Zeltbahns) are provided on the outside. Inside measurements about 30 x 30 x 12 cm (12" x 12" x 5").
All of these are waterproofed in some way, be it a PVC sock style or just rubberized fabric. Please accept that we won't pick, you just get the next in line.
Hey, bicycle fanatics!
Get two of these, attach them to your bike and hey presto, you have pannier bags for much less than the actual ones cost! The cheap price doesn't even reflect quality: these are army surplus kit and made for real use.
All of these seemed to be unissued, in pristine condition. However, long storage time might be seen in some slight surface rust on a few metal parts.
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Andreas R. 30.05.2016 (Edited 31.05.2016)
Thomas H. 23.07.2016 (Edited 03.05.2017)
Abrahim R. 16.11.2016 (Edited 25.02.2017)
Juho H. 10.01.2017
Tl;dr käyttäisin useammin, mutta tyttöystäväni ei anna, laukun hajun takia.
Ivan Z. 11.02.2017
+Best camo pattern
Get one while you can.
oscar k. 16.02.2017
Ian S. 17.03.2017
Daniel K. 11.05.2017 (Edited 11.05.2017)
The yoke probably isn't the best but the comfort can be highly increased with a pair of shoulder strap pads or if you hang the pack on some other webbing set.
I bought one at first and then came back for another two. You really can't go wrong with a price like this considering the flexibility of the pack. All three of them was unissued by the way.
peter s. 19.05.2017
Fergus R. 13.06.2017
With all that said, it's not unusable and it's going for such a cheap price I can't really mark the score down more than 1 star. I'd recommend it but just be aware that it is not really the most practical pack.
Clayton O. 07.08.2017
For the price, the construction quality is excellent. It seems to be a good option for a dependable backpack.
Leif P. 08.08.2017
Hans R. 07.09.2017
They work perfectly, and ooze with retro style.
Haakon W. 30.09.2017
Jesse D. 12.10.2017
esko i. 16.10.2017
Jonathon S. 28.10.2017
Miguel d. 17.11.2017 (Edited 17.11.2017)
It does get some time to get used to, though, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQZWe_YGPwk
Koby F. 09.12.2017
Jouni K. 05.01.2018
RIchard G. 28.01.2018
David F. 15.02.2018
Riikka S. 17.02.2018
Charilaos G. 23.02.2018 (Edited 08.12.2019)
William B. 09.03.2018
Francis T. 06.04.2018
Of course, as stated in other reviews, the best purpose for this bag, given its combination of space, water resistance, and the strong smell of the PVC lining, is to use it as a pannier bag, which is exactly what I'm going to be doing as soon as I get a second one.
Jan S. 30.05.2018
Excellent in enduro bike trail riding. totally watertight, easy to adjust almost on any bike and doesn't cost like kriega overlanders. Mine came with rucksack harness although varusteleka says they come separately.
Thomas W. 27.08.2018
Sami K. 07.10.2018
Alejandro H. 09.10.2018
The only disadvantage is the small capacity.
Dave M. 15.08.2019
I've cut off the two bottom hooks on the back and used the loops they were attached to to hold a bit of bamboo to stiffen the bag and also to use as a middle attachment point to clip the bottom onto my pannier rack.
So far I've ridden about 80 miles and through a couple of terrible rain storms and everything inside the plastic lined bag was bone dry. I haven't tested the ones without the plastic liner in the rain yet, but I've bought some wax for those which should make them just as waterproof.
In short, these were really cheap and perfect for my daily 24 mile commute. Couldn't ask for more!
Alfred B. 24.01.2020
Will last a lifetime ...