Särmä TST RP80 frame
RP80 aluminium tubular frame.
Särmä TST is Varusteleka's own in-house brand of clothing and gear designed for military and law enforcement end users. Our clothing and equipment are made in co-operation with a number of experienced manufacturers with a strong background in producing clothing and gear for military and law enforcement officials, most notably for the Finnish Defence Forces. For further reading check out the Särmä TST corner of our website.
Särmä TST products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.
Made in Finland and Estonia
These manufactured in co-operation with Finn-Savotta Oy (Finlands leading military and outdoors gear manufacturer and the main load bearing equipment contractor for the Finnish Defence forces). Depending on the situation production runs are sewn either in Savotta's Finnish or Estonian factory, sometimes even partially in Finland and partially in Estonia. The little printed tags tell where exactly each particular product was sewn.
Särmä TST RP80 shoulder harness
Särmä TST RP80 hip belt
Särmä TST RP80 main pack
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack
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Särmä TST PKM ammo can pouch, 100 rnd
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Bjornar M. 11.07.2018 (Edited 23.05.2019)
I can only vouch for the craftsmanship on the frame, a prime example of the black art which is tig welding thin-walled aluminium tubing.
The bending of said thin-walled tubing is also outstanding, besides some creasing on the top bar for the load lifters, but that is nitpicking.
Tabs for the load lifters are riveted on, but I don't see that as an issue.
Everything is well finished in smooth powder coating and top and bottom of the main tubes have plastic caps.
The frame is well thought out ergonomically and as far as I can see befits the reason I bought it, modularity.
Total weight is according to my cheap luggage scale 700 grams.
I had a plan of making my own frame, but considering price of material and trial and error, this is a cheaper option.
For now I will use FILBE pack and straps on it and may consider upgrading to Särmä stuff in the future, not much more expensive than what I've paid for the surplus stuff really, but will make do for now.
The frame is 6 cm wider than the sleeve on the FILBE, so some straightforward modification with a sewing machine, some straps and buckles is needed. The sleeve itself fits nicely between the post on the frame, so I cut it open, sewed on straps I routed around and back onto the sleeve.
Everything else; harness, belt, main sack is a breeze and is almost tailor made.