Savotta Jääkäri L rucksack, M05 woodland camo
The Jääkäri L is a large, multi-day pack designed as an update to the old 1980´s Finnish Border Guard patrol pack. A very versatile yet rather simple and absolutely bombproof military grade pack. The generous amount of PALS webbing allows for a wide array of different extra pouches to be attached, depending on your personal needs. The pack was previously called "Rajajääkäri".
- External dimensions: Rolltop height 60–80 cm, width 31 cm, depth 22 cm
- Bag capacity when closed: 40–55 l
- Capacity when overpacked max. 60 l
- Flap pocket capacity: 2 l
- Total weight: 2.38 kg
- Materials: 1000D Cordura with PU coating, Delrin special plastic buckles and 8 mm coil zips, polyester webbing.
- Frame: DUR aluminium.
Hip belt adjustment range: 90–150 cm. The length is measured from the user’s hips (not the waist) with clothes on.
Jääkäri L is not your average anatomical rucksack but a tool designed for a demanding user that will not fail you when the going gets tough. The sturdiness of the original Border Patrol rucksack has received so much praise that we decided not to change the support structure. The bag and carrying system, however, underwent such a drastic modification that it is difficult to recognise the forefather of Jääkäri L.
The many details and extensive MOLLE webbing make the rucksack a truly modular and versatile tool. Due to its slim shape, the rucksack is ideal for skiing and hiking in demanding terrain where being able to keep your hands free and available for use is a must. Due to the strong internal aluminium frame and completely renewed shoulder straps and hip belt, Jääkäri L is really sturdy to carry. The support frame holds Jääkäri L firmly in shape and distributes the burden anatomically to your hips so that your back and shoulders are not overstrained even with a large load. With the compression straps of the bag, even a pack that is not full can be tightened so that it sits firmly and does not jiggle around.
The actual bag of the Jääkäri L rucksack has been designed to be slim but still spacious enough to hold the necessary supplies for a medium-long hike. The opening of the bag is closed with an extremely waterproof rolltop method that enables overpacking. With the help of the rolltop, the height of Jääkäri L is freely adjustable between 60 cm and 80 cm making the stepless adjustment of the rucksack size possible according to need. The rolltop opening is locked with a quick-release fastener of 25 mm. The opening is covered with a flap which hugs the top of the backpack and is secured with straps. The flap has been attached with adjustable straps from both sides. This “floating” flap enables easy overpacking and the protection of the overpacked load. The handsome “hat” makes Jääkäri L also look like a Jaeger. If necessary, the generous length of the straps provides a lot of space under the flap for extra supplies, such as a sleeping bag. Furthermore, there is a very spacious zippered pocket for valuables inside the flap (dimensions 26 x 30 cm). The hat of Jääkäri L embodies a Velcro patch (dimensions 5 x 13 cm) that can be used to attach a name, flag or any other patch.The bag contains a divider that can be closed with a string to divide the bag into top and bottom sections. The top section of the bag includes a pocket against the back which closes with Velcro (dimensions 28 x 50 cm) that holds the aluminum support frame of Jääkäri L. This pocket can also be used for a hydration bladder or supplies to be kept separately. The pocket also fits a small laptop, but it requires protection when paired with the support frame. The top of the bag, immediately under the rolltop closure, features a protected exit for the hydration bladder hose, cable or antenna. A hanging loop above the pocket can hold items, such as a hydration bladder, safely and securely. The contents of the bottom section of the bag are quickly accessible via a separate zip. The zip includes two pullers with strings so that the bottom section can be opened at the chosen point also while wearing gloves. With the four compression straps on the sides of the Jääkäri L rucksack, the bag can be tightened compactly even if it is not full. The compression straps are equipped with quick-release fasteners of 25 mm and their ample dimensioning enables their use for attaching long items on the sides of the rucksack.
Made by Finn-Savotta Oy
Founded in 1955 Finn-Savotta, or just Savotta, is known for their simplistic and extremely rugged designs. For decades Savotta has been the go-to supplier of hiking gear for the Finnish civilian market and combat gear and tents for the defence forces.
Today Savotta operates two factories, one in Karstula, Finland, where they make all their tents and metal components and one in Estonia where they do about 50% of their sewing.
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Michael F. 31.05.2019
Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a large pack that is suitable for both day use or extended trips.