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Särmä TST RP80 recon pack
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
RP80 recon pack, complete set
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Carry system - frame, shoulder harness and hip belt.
Carry system - frame, shoulder harness and hip belt.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Side compression straps.
Side compression straps.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Side compression straps in action.
Side compression straps in action.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Inside of the main compartment viewed from opening, the hydration compartment and hanger are clearly visible.
Inside of the main compartment viewed from opening, the hydration compartment and hanger are clearly visible.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Lower compartment access zipper opened up.
Lower compartment access zipper opened up.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. The main bag is divided into upper 2/3 and lower 1/3 using a cinch cord divider.
The main bag is divided into upper 2/3 and lower 1/3 using a cinch cord divider.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Large side pouches with strong in-built elastic.
Large side pouches with strong in-built elastic.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. The main bag comes with three carry handle straps, these can be attached (or left unattached) wherever you want them.
The main bag comes with three carry handle straps, these can be attached (or left unattached) wherever you want them.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Carry handle straps attached onto the neck area of the frame and sides of the main bag.
Carry handle straps attached onto the neck area of the frame and sides of the main bag.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Fixed carry handles of the main bag.
Fixed carry handles of the main bag.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Loose webbing ends come with a piece of Velcro One-Wrap for tidying up.
Loose webbing ends come with a piece of Velcro One-Wrap for tidying up.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. The hip belt can be tucked away behind the cushion.
The hip belt can be tucked away behind the cushion.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. The hip belt can be tucked away behind the cushion.
The hip belt can be tucked away behind the cushion.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Shoulder harness lower adjustment and quick release tab.
Shoulder harness lower adjustment and quick release tab.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Shoulder harness load lifters.
Shoulder harness load lifters.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Frame dimensions.
Frame dimensions.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Shoulder harness load lifters.
Shoulder harness load lifters.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Adjustable for 160-200 cm tall users.
Adjustable for 160-200 cm tall users.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Fits surprisingly well over a plate carrier.
Fits surprisingly well over a plate carrier.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Särmä TST DP10  attached as a daypack lid. The ruck in this photo is an older model with black buckles and a triangular buckle base.
Särmä TST DP10 attached as a daypack lid. The ruck in this photo is an older model with black buckles and a triangular buckle base.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Särmä TST DP10  attached as a daypack lid. The ruck in this photo is an older model with black buckles and a triangular buckle base.
Särmä TST DP10 attached as a daypack lid. The ruck in this photo is an older model with black buckles and a triangular buckle base.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST

Särmä TST RP80 recon pack

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The RP80 is a large, top-and-bottom loading sustainment pack that carries enough gear to keep you going for weeks. Although streamlined and straightforward the pack design offers almost endless possibilities for modular scaling and optimizing

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Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Carry system - frame, shoulder harness and hip belt.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Side compression straps.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Side compression straps in action.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Inside of the main compartment viewed from opening, the hydration compartment and hanger are clearly visible.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Lower compartment access zipper opened up.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. The main bag is divided into upper 2/3 and lower 1/3 using a cinch cord divider.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Large side pouches with strong in-built elastic.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. The main bag comes with three carry handle straps, these can be attached (or left unattached) wherever you want them.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Carry handle straps attached onto the neck area of the frame and sides of the main bag.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Fixed carry handles of the main bag.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Loose webbing ends come with a piece of Velcro One-Wrap for tidying up.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. The hip belt can be tucked away behind the cushion.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. The hip belt can be tucked away behind the cushion.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Shoulder harness lower adjustment and quick release tab.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Shoulder harness load lifters.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Frame dimensions.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Shoulder harness load lifters.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Adjustable for 160-200 cm tall users.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Fits surprisingly well over a plate carrier.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Särmä TST DP10  attached as a daypack lid. The ruck in this photo is an older model with black buckles and a triangular buckle base.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack. Särmä TST DP10  attached as a daypack lid. The ruck in this photo is an older model with black buckles and a triangular buckle base.
Särmä TST RP80 recon pack.

The RP80 is a large, top-and-bottom loading sustainment pack that carries enough gear to keep you going for weeks. Although streamlined and straightforward the pack design offers almost endless possibilities for modular scaling and optimizing

Designed for the Nordic end-user, this requires large backpacks to be tall and slim, not short and wide as most European and American designs. This design keeps the weight closer and above your center of gravity and spine and allows for unrestricted arm movement when skiing.

  • Volume 80 l (4882 in3)
  • Weight: 3800 g / 8.4 lbs(complete)
    • Main bag only: 1700 g / 60 oz.
    • Frame only: 740 g / 26 oz.
    • Shoulder harness only: 600 g / 21 oz.
    • Hip belt only: 750 g / 26 oz.
  • Adjustable carry system for user heights 160-200 cm / 5' 3 - 6' 6"
  • Roll-top top closure, zipper access at the bottom
  • Cinch cord divider inside main bag
  • Hydration compartment inside main bag
  • Large open bottom corner pouches
  • Side and bottom compression straps
  • PALS webbing on main bag and hip belt
  • Quick release shoulder harness for emergency ditching
  • Materials:
    • 1000D Cordura
    • PES webbing
    • DUR-aluminium (frame)
    • Metal and ITW plastic buckles
    • All materials are NIR compliant

Assembly and height adjustment

The RP80 is delivered unassembled. Assembly and adjustment is your first challenge before taking your new pack into service. Understanding the construction, assembly and height adjustment of the pack are all equally important, so assemble and adjust with thought and care! Here are detailed instructions for RP80 pack assembly and adjustment.

The pack bag

  • Dimensions 85 x 37 x 25 cm / (33.5" x 14.5" x 10") + bottom corner pouches
  • Total volume 80 liters (4882 in3)
  • Two large bottom corner pouches. Volume approx. 2,5 liters / 150 in3 per pouch
  • Drawcord divider inside, top compartment height 60 cm / 23.5", bottom compartment height 25 cm / 10"
  • Roll top closure on top
  • Zippered bottom access with two security/compression straps
  • Two compression straps on each side
  • Hydration bladder compartment inside
  • Uninterrupted PALS matrix goes around the whole upper half of the bag
  • Two vertical attachment point straps along the back
  • Two fixed carry handles on the back of the main bag
  • Comes with three carry handle straps which can be attached wherever you want them!

Carrying system

The RP80 carrying system was designed from scratch instead of just using some ancient Finnish military designs or components. The end result is superior comfort in comparison to the old Finnish military issue systems. One of the most valuable features of the RP80 carrying system is the adjustable back length. The system can be adjusted to fit users from 160 up to 200 cm / 5' 3" - 6' 6" tall.

Aluminium frame

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.

Shoulder harness

The padding is thermal molded and stitched onto 1000D Cordura on top of which all the straps etc. are bar-tacked. What really sets this design apart from the old Finnish military issue harnesses is the big pads against the back which really make a great difference compared to just a flat length of wide webbing.

The rucksacks back length and overall fit are adjusted by lowering or lifting the attachment height of the shoulder harness. The load lifter straps that run from the top of the shoulder harness to the frame are used to adjust the balance on the go, by loosening the straps the pack hangs further away from your body and the weight is transferred onto the hips. By tightening the straps the pack moves closer to your body and more weight is put on the shoulders.

The lower adjustment of the shoulder harness is done using two, virtually indestructible, welded steel D-rings which also offer a means of quick release by pulling the attached webbing handles upwards.

Hip belt

And once more, also the hip belt was designed from scratch instead of just copying some ancient Finnish military design. The hip belt is thoroughly padded and topped with PALS webbing for pouch attachment. The big lower back pillow can be opened up for the hip belt to be tucked away when you don't want to use it. The construction is overall really strongly padded and rigid.

Modular and configurable

Overall volume and many other features of the rucksack are easily modified according to user-specific needs:

  • Tie-down straps: by running a couple of utility straps through the vertical attachment points on the back you can easily tie a sleeping mat or similar bundles to the far back of the pack.
  • Side pouches: add a few XL utility pouches for extra pack volume and added organizing options.
  • Hip belt: attach a bunch of pouches here for easy access to critical gear.
  • Daypack lid: a quick-detach top lid which transforms into a small daypack, possibly the smartest way of integrating a daypack into your sustainment load. Take a look at our illustrated tutorial on the subject: Särmä TST backpack use as daypack lids
  • Cargo panel: such as the Särmä TST Modular Beavertail a very simple and versatile addition which allows you to attach and compress all kinds of extra gear on the outside of the main pack.

Materials

Made of the same materials and hardware (1000D Cordura, webbing, ITW Nexus buckles, etc.) that are used in the production of the Finnish military M05 combat equipment. High quality, totally NIR compliant and all that, naturally.

Made in Finland and Estonia

These manufactured in co-operation with Finn-Savotta Oy (Finland's 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.

Varusteleka Särmä TST

Särmä TST is Varusteleka's 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 Varusteleka's Särmä TST page.

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.

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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

07.02.2019 (Edited 02.06.2021)
Very robust and no nonsense rucksack, built like a tank and distributes weight very nicely, cleverly designed so you can roll it down small or release the compression straps for full capacity! A modular and dependable bag, would definitely recommend!
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I would recommend for a friend

05.03.2019 (Edited 02.06.2021)
Puolitoista vuotta olen nyt rinkkaa ulkoiluttanut vaelluksilla, metsillä sekä packraft hommissa ja kovasti pidän! Omaani olen laittanut lisäksi kaksi savotan L-kokoista pystytaskua ja Berghausin mmps grab bag:in irroitettavaksi päiväreppuläpäksi jotta varmasti saan kulkemaan enemmän tavaraa kuin on tarve/järkevää. Parhaimmillaan rinkassa on kulkenut yhtäaikaa reppulautta kaikkine tarpeineen, kota ja kahden päivän syys-vaellukselle kaikki tarvittava, painoa koko komeudelle kerty hieman yli 30kg. Rinkan sai säädettyä siten että paino ei tuntunut kovinkaan pahalta vaikka kilometrejä kertyi soisessa maastosa reilustikkin.
Hyvin on rakennettu, ei ole kovallakaan käytöllä mennyt rikki ja on nähnyt mualimoo.

Suosittelen
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

12.03.2019 (Edited 02.06.2021)
I am in love with this backpack. I dislike ultralight hiking, and instead like to use the most durable and suitable equipment, which means I need a backpack that can handle the load and doesn't make me feel burdened. This is by far the most comfortable backpack I have ever used, even with ridiculously heavy loads. The modularity is also impressive. When you put it together, remember to grease the threads on the turn buckle to prevent galling. Also, some of the metal buckles really should have a rubberized coating, but since they don't I suggest cutting up strips of bicycle inner tube and wrapping them around the frame in all places in which rubbing could occur.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

10.08.2019 (Edited 05.06.2021)
The pack feels very solid and bulky, I fill the pack with gallon full of water and jogging with it. It doesn't feel uncomfortable at all and it stay on.

Also, do update the assembly instruction. Some part of the bag is slightly different and took me more time to figure it out.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

23.09.2019 (Edited 05.06.2021)
Ei niitä turhia selkä tai hartia kipuja, mitä intissä sai kokea. Rinkka täyttää kaikki vaatimukset ja hieman ylikin. Suosittelen lämpimästi!
Modulaarien osto hyvin suotavaa.
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Three stars
I would recommend for a friend

23.03.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Muuten hyvä, mutta ensimmäistä kertaa Lappiin lähtiessä laitoin rinkkaan n. 25kg painoa. Kävikin ilmi, että lisäpainon kanssa rinkan liivekkeiden remmit luistavat auki aika pahasti.
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Four stars
I would recommend for a friend

01.05.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
This is an amazing rucksack!

Hello, I am a US Army Soldier and I really like this pack, it is undoubtedly the most comfortable rucksack I have ever used. I have used it is wet and rainy conditions and hot and dry conditions no matter what it functions as need. I have used it for training, duty during training and backpacking. It is very easy to adjust and get it to fit your person perfectly, and it is comfortable to wear with body armor and a plate carrier. It is great, but it is not perfect. I would have love if this pack was available in black or Multicam. It would have been nice to have additional pockets or pouches on the interior on the main pack or lower pack for small item organization. I would have been nicer to use a titanium frame in order to reduce weight and increase durability and it would have been nice to have buckle sidesteps instead of sew in side straps. not the less if you have a need for a heavy duty rucksack I would highly recommend the RP80.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

27.07.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Was waiting for this backpack for some 6 months or so.
Materials and fabrics meet all expectations. Molle webbing indeed 100% accurate.
Really 100% adjustable. Very important for carrying different type of loads and/or weight. Recommendable for taller people. (myself 1,92 mtr.).
Reason for ordering Särmä TST RP80 recon pack, was the 100% adjustable shoulder harness and hip belt.

In our service we used some 30 years the venerable and bombproof Berghaus Vulcan I/II. Later supplemented with the "vario-back" Lowe Alpine Saracens.
The Berghaus Vulcan, only 3 size options. The Lowe Saracen had "vario options", but was actually not 100% adjustable.

After parting with our faithful Berghaus Vulcan II, we where supplied with Berghaus Vulcan IV.
First shock, the material was much thinner. Probably more high-tech, but a simple flashlight could shine to some extend trough the fabrics. Second shock, made in PRC/China.
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Five stars
I would recommend for a friend

11.08.2020 (Edited 20.02.2022)
Posti hukkasi rinkkaani laittoman monta päivää Porin rahtikeskuksessa, mutta kiitos Lekan henkilökunnalle, kun saivat ruoskittua vipinää masiinaan.

Ostin rinkkaan sivutaskuiksi lisäksi Tasmanian Tiger Tac 9 -taskut, joten nyt rinkan tilavuus on huimat 100-110 litraa! Lisäksi taskujen taakse jää tilaa esim. suksille, tai kirveelle. Sivutaskujen hankinnan jälkeen, oli aika tehdä kenttätesti Isomäen kuuden kilometrin matkalla, painoa kokonaisuudessaan oli 16,6kg. (Joo, eihän tuo nyt ole vielä miesten painoluokassa, mutta ajaa asian.) Vasta 1-1,5km:n loppusuoralla alkoi rinkka painamaan hartioita, muuten säädöt kohdallaan ja pehmustetyyny alaselän päällä, tuntui, kuin melkein mitään ei olisi selässä, ainoastaan painovoima, mikä hieman raskaammin veti puoleensa äiti Maahan.
Olkaremmien D -lenkit pitivät täydellisesti vajaan parinkymmen kilon painon vyötäröremmin ollessa kiinni. Teoreettisesti ajatellen, niiden pitäisi kestää myös suurempia painoluokkia, sillä vyötäröremmi tulisi kiristää siten, että paino keskittyy alavartaloon, ei olkaremmeihin.
Erityisesti pidän reppupussin säkkimäisestä muodosta: saumaton muotoilu antaa vapaasti tilaa laittaa erimuotoisia varusteita rinkkaan paremmin, kuin neliskulmaiseen muotoon ommellut pussit. myös pussin yläkiinnitys on positiivinen ominaisuus: soljettomia lenkkejä ei tarvitse aina olla kiristämässä ja pussi pysyy kuitenkin täydellisesti paikallaan.
Yksi syy, miksi valitsin tämän kyseisen rinkan, on sen modulaarisuus. Keskivertoihmisen ollessa lyhempi, kuin tällainen 188cm:n humanoidi, arvostan, että voin säätää pituuden juuri sopivaksi. Mukavuus ylläpitää toimintakykyä pidempään.

+modulaarisuus
+ylipakkausvara
+mukavuus

-yläläppä puuttuu
-ylipakattuna rinkan yläosaan on hankala kiinnittää tavaraa (vaatii liian pitkät hihnat)
-alkutuotannon rinkasta poiketen, puuttuu yläremmi, jolla saisi esim. makuualustan kiinni
-puuttuu PALS alaläpästä, toisin kuin Jääkäri XL:stä

Tiedustelijana palvelukseni suorittaneena, PV:n jakotavaraan verrattuna, tämä rinkka on ylivertainen! Kaikein kaikkiaan, niin mukava, kuin rinkka vain mahdollisesti voi olla.
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Patrick Y. 07.10.2021
Finally a civilian ruck that will hold an M72 LAW rocket!
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Patrik W. 28.12.2021
How much can you overpack this backpack (with an additional lid)? Unfortunately there's no photo showing the outside of the backpack with the roll-top open. For example with the Jääkäri XL it says that 20 litres can be gained.

Also, can the hip belt be easily detached to drag a sledge?
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