Savotta Rucksack 339

135.99 USD
Savotta Rucksack 339
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The 339 is actually far more than just a rucksack, this is more like a mix between a regular backpack and a large external frame bergen. Classic design with an extremely clever carrying system, an excellent choice for carrying a few days worth of gear.

You might not believe it but the 339 was actually designed back in the 1950's, although some materials and details have changed over time the model is still pretty much the same. In the beforetimes people didn't need a zillion little pockets and compartments for every little trinket imaginable, thus the 339 also has no such nonsense, it's simple: one large main compartment, two long side pouches and one wide pouch on the lower back. Near the mouth there's a side zipper to help you dig out smaller kit fast without unpacking the whole sack.

The carrying system is quite something: the shoulder harness is made like that of the legendary LJK rucksack, the shoulder straps are attached to the frame and a crosspiece on which your back rests. This makes the 339 extremely comfortable to carry! The shoulder straps make it possible to adjust the balance point on-the-go, which is pretty damn nice. Also, if I wanted, I could fit more stuff on lower part of the frame.

The materials are strong cotton with paraffin, polyamide straps, military grade plastic buckles and a proper hand welded steel frame!

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.

A word from our employee

The first thing that caught my eye with the 339 was the huge mouth. It can be opened up enough to fit a crummy piano accordion inside (42 cm high in this case, slighty larger should fit too, but probably not a full size one). Along with the squeezebox I could stuff inside a warm coat, cooking kit, a speaker, a bottle of fine Finnish strong wine and some other tidbits, and my sleeping bag under the flap. That's about all the stuff you need for a weekend on a small island cottage. Foodstuff and beer had to be carried in plastic bags, though. Pretty nice!

Although the shoulder straps can't be easily adjusted on the fly, they are indeed very comfy. As a personal preference I would have liked to see all the straps made of leather, with metal buckles, but nylon is functionally very good, no argument there.

I see no reason why this pack shouldn't work in regular hiking use as well, as it's designed for such activity. No fear of this giving up the ghost, it made extremely well, as one would expect!

Henri L. Henri L.

Product reviews

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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
27.07.2016
Jummijammi tää on hyvä. Reppu ollut nyt käytössä 1,5 vuotta, eikä kulumisesta näy merkkejä.

Ensialkuun arvelutti lantiovyön puute, mutta itseasiassa satula tukeutuu alaselkään sen verran hyvin, että paino jakautuu yllättävän tasaisesti. Selkävaivaisena tulee kuitenkin tuohon kiinnitetyksi melko paljon huomiota, etenkin päivämatkojen venyessä.

Tilava, vetää sisäänsä lähes mitä tahansa. Sivun nyöritys toimii myös näppäränä paikkana jemmata kirves. Sivutaskuihin menee iso vesipullo ja iso termari, poikkitaskuun pakki + kuksa + natusteltavaa. Näin ei tarvitse koko reppua aukoa taukoa varten.

Iso, hyvin peittävä läppä ja pitkät remmit mahdollistaa paitsi ylipakkaamisen, myös jenkkien MSS-makuupussin täyden setin kuljettamisen repun päällä. Ei ole ihan pieni temppu se.

Reppu myös pysyy satulan vuoksi pystyssä maahan laskettuna. Tämä on yllättävän miellyttävä ominaisuus, kun pysähtyy ja repun sisältöä pitää kaivella. Yritäppä kaivella jotakin täydestä BW:n jääkäririnkasta sateessa. Ei onnistui, ei.

Repun kangas on näppärää paitsi kulutuskestävyytensä vuoksi, mutta myös siksi että sen vedenpitävyyttä on helppo lisätä. Parafiinivahalla (ns. greenland wax) olen käsitellyt repun läpän ja pohjan pitämään kovemmankin ripsaisun ulkopuolella.

Jos nyt jotakin muuttaisin, niin viilekkeiden kiristys on "nurinpäin", joten liikkeessä säätäminen ei oikein onnistu. Lisäksi lumilukko olisi sivutaskuissa hyvä lisä, päätaskuun sellaisen lisääminen ei ehkä ole niin triviaalia. Lisäksi kaikki sulkuremmit ovat vanhaa pujotettavaa mallia. Itseäni tämä ei haittaa, mutta hätäisempiä voi häiritä. Toisaalta rakenne on sen verran yksinkertainen ja tuhoutumaton, että osaava suutari kyllä tekee mainitut muutokset.

Työn ja materiaalien laatu vakuuttaa. Tässä on oikeasti reppu loppuiäksi. Tätä on vaikea alleviivata riittävästi: reppu on sellainen, jota vielä esitellään 50 käyttövuoden jälkeen jossakin korvessa.

Parhaimmillaan pienimmäksi kiristettynä ja pakkaaminen mietittynä: tulee selässä kuin unelma ja on varaa kasvattaa tilaa ylimääräisen, matkalla kertyvän tavaran kuljettamiseksi. Mahdollistaa myös "reppu auki, hylly tyhjäksi, liikkeelle" metodin pakkaamisessa, kiitos ison suuaukon.

Mihin käyttöön? Päiväretkille vähän iso, mutta kaikki 2-5 päivää pitkät reissut. Pidemmille tai erityisen painavia varusteita vaativille reissuille (mukaanlukien talvivaellukset) voi lantiövyön puuttuminen kostautua. Lisäksi täyteen pakattuna helposti takapainoinen, joten hiihtäessä voi olla ongelmia, ellei tuota ota huomioon pakatessa.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
30.10.2016
The old timers had no access to the engineered backpacking gear thats available today. They repurposed items from their kitchens and bedrooms, grabbed some canned goods, and dumped it all in a ruck similar to this and went about their business. If you enjoy the old school approach to bush bumming, you will enjoy this ruck. Very accommodating and very durable....like the old timers.
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