NVA Sturmgepäck combat pack, Strichtarn, with 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 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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Percy H. 10.04.2018
Their real strength is the strap system - They come with a detachable yoke, which is a Y-shaped arrangement of straps, but they're covered in attachment points (Four on the front, four on the back, two on the sides, and a carry handle on the top), so they can be worn as a backpack, a shoulder bag, around the waist, clipped onto bits of your bike frame, attached to a service dog's harness or whatever. The d-rings also mean that you can hang other things on the outside of the bag, or clip one of them to the other to lift both at once.
My one complaint is the external buckles that hold the flap down; They work on friction alone, so they're very adjustable, but they also don't feel incredibly secure and sometimes they take a bit of fiddling to get right.
Not only would I recommend these to a friend, I already have, and he bought two and loves them as well.
darryl b. 10.05.2018
Jason C. 12.07.2018
Thomas W. 02.11.2018 (Edited 17.11.2018)
Functional and stylish. :)
Dallin F. 28.11.2018
It was -15 out side in the bush and I was wearin thin Canadian Military combats and this bag kept my back so warm and could carry many useful things inside it was great for carrying my MRE’s in when running around.
And I love the rubber bag lining inside overall very good and durable
Shiqi H. 12.12.2018
The yoke works well for preventing the bag from touching the tire (I placed the bag at the front ).
Owen D. 21.12.2018
Peter D. 14.02.2019
Bryan M. 07.03.2019
I didn't even have to wait in line to enjoy this pack as an emergency kit in the village automobile as well as a bicycle pannier for my work trips to the brown fabric mill. A generous amount of straps and webbing are also included for one's authorized luxuries.
Andrés S. 16.04.2019
First of all, it's water proof, whether by interior plastic bag of by a surface treatment on the interior (you can get any of those). Secondly, it offers several ways to carry it: on your back, on your side, on your hand, on a bicycle... And lastly, is fuken stylish. Like... Italian level of style, but in this case, it works flawlessly.
Emils P. 29.04.2019
Nathaniel L. 06.05.2019
tat w. 07.05.2019
i have one.
i really like it.
Jari N. 12.06.2019
Military equipment is traditionally excellent stuff; it combines durability with very affordable prices. Army surplus finds its way to the civilian market in the following way: the armed forces of one country or other decides to get rid of big batches of perfectly serviceable gear due to cuts in military budgets, said gear becoming obsolete or redundant or some other similar reason. Some of this stuff then finds its way to our storehouse, sometimes directly, sometimes through a third party. Every once in a while we even get random batches of collectibles and rarities from obscure corners of the world.