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
Eric S. 30.07.2019
- Extremely well-built and waterproof
- Loads of attachment points and a carrying handle--can be worn as a backpack or messenger bag, carried like a briefcase, etc.
- Cute enough to use in public without looking too strange.
- Very affordable!
- Although it's a strange design, the yoke system with everything attached correctly is extremely solid and supportive! It almost feels like having a pack frame even though it's just a canvas bag.
- When empty, the bag can be folded and separated from its straps, and therefore takes up very little space.
- For a rucksack it's quite small, definitely wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for something to take on a week-long camping trip. I guess the intention is to use the bag's many attachment points to attach smaller accessory bags, a bedroll etc, but the bag itself is small and has only one compartment.
- The yoke system is not just regular straps like a backpack, but more like a set of Y-suspenders with straps included. They're quite adjustable for different heights, but if you weren't planning on wearing suspenders any time soon you end up with a lot of hanging material. It would be easy enough to modify the yoke to be more like a regular backpack, but I don't like permanently modifying milsurp stuff.
I would say this is perfect if you want a milsurp bag to use for everyday tasks like bringing things back and forth to work, school etc. Maybe for groceries if you live alone. Honestly, I would just buy one because it's such a cheap piece of history and cool kit--and it's definitely a major upgrade over something like a Soviet veshmeshok which are going for a lot more money these days.
Andreas S. 09.10.2019 (Edited 09.10.2019)
Decadent capitalist hippie pigs will probably say "it's not groovy man" or "it smells funky", but secretly they are only depressed about there inferiour western bag constructions that can't compete with the amazing socialist products.