Savotta Jääkäri L rucksack
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. This pack was formerly known as "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 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 is really sturdy to carry. The support frame holds the pack 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 the pack 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 aluminium support frame of Jääkäri. 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 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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Isaac L. 09.01.2018
Martin D. 13.02.2018 (Edited 26.05.2019)
Simple, sturdy and well thought out construction. I can’t see how anything on this pack could break. I’m tired of all that lightweight crap that breaks as soon as you walk through a shrubbery, so this pack looks very promising. I love the feature that you can detach the hipbelt. I can see numerous uses for that. I’ve already used it separately as a Combat/ load carrying belt with pouches attached and the pack without the hipbelt are easier to handle and more useful as a daypack with light loads.
Well, nothing major but I would prefer to have the zipper for the compartment in the top-lid on the outside for easier access to the small things you normally store there. Another thing that I find somewhat annoying is that the grab handle flaps forward and starts nagging on the back of my head. No problem when wearing a smock or similar but it could be a pain in warmer conditions. It could probably be fixed with a few centimetres of Velcro.
Uppdate arter more than a year of frequent use.
I bought a few pouches to use with this pack and to the Jääkari M. The pack itself with roll top and all really lack easy access to those things you want to have quickly available during the day. I would say that some pouches are a very useful, almost necessary addition to this pack. There are plenty of room for smaller pouches on the hip belt. That is good. The bad thing about this is if you are very slim it’s not possible to tighten the hip belt enough to make it useful. Another disadvantage with this pack are the limited adjustments of back lengths and widthp. if you are a standard sized male this is no problem but neither my wife or my teenagers at home could make this pack comfortable with heavy loads. So you better make sure it will fit before you buy it.
I still love this pack and wouldn’t change it for anything. It fits me perfectly and it will last forever. But if you value loads of feature and adjustablilities them you might look for something else.
Pasi K. 17.02.2018
Mika K. 26.04.2018
Andre S. 16.05.2018
Would i change something? Ney.......
Jonas K. 21.05.2018
It has the same level of comfort as many sporty neon colored bags, but it can take a bit more abuse. It will not rip open if you pass by a bush at looking distance. I have not tried to use it as a chin up rack as in the company's commercial, neither have I passed it over with my car, I leave that to professionals. Have used savottas side pockets, size L. Perfect when you bring a small child who carries no load on his back or worries in his heart. If weather gets colder and food gets less, the pockets can be easily removed and packed, quite light weight material but still sturdy, folds well.
My only problem with this superior product was in deciding whether to buy or not. The price is an issue. You can buy about 2-3 Berghaus backpacks for the price of this one. Actually not a bad choice. I was issued a Berghaus as a conscript 23 years ago, a Berghaus trident, I actually liked that one, but I like my savotta better. As the Americans say " buy once, cry once, a faster way to complacency "
I would buy this product again, I don't think it will be necessary judging by the quality this far, but you never know, thieves are abundant in this crazy world.
All in all I recommend that you buy it.
Sebastian V. 22.06.2018
Tuomo h. 12.06.2017