Särmä TST RP80 pack frame
The external aluminium frame of the RP80 backpack. Hand welded DUR-aluminium piping with powder coating. This is only the frame! The complete pack can be found here: Särmä TST RP80 Recon Pack.
Attention! The RP80 backpack components are 100% compatible only with each other! We do not guarantee that any of these will work perfectly with any other backpack model on the market.
The frame was designed especially for the RP80 rucksack, we didn´t simply take some outdated design and recycle it. Compared to the decades old Finnish military issue frames this one has a bottom shelf, wider and taller overall dimensions and two parallel vertical reinforcement rods on both sides of the center instead of a single centered one.
Varusteleka Särmä TST
Särmä TST is our own family of specialized military gear. All Särmä TST stuff is made in co-operation with Finnish military manufacturers, the most important thing for us is high quality MILSPEC grade materials and construction. This is kit that you can trust to really take a beating!
Made in Finland
These are hand welded in Karstula, Finland.
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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.
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