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Soviet Veshmeshok rucksack, surplus

Soviet Veshmeshok rucksack, surplus

Price 27.99 USD excluding VAT
Price in toilet paper rolls approximately 98 toilet paper rolls. We do not yet accept toilet paper as payment.

Pretty as a hatful of kittens, the Soviet "Veshmeshok" rucksack is quite likely the best carrying sack in recent history. The black version is the hallowed and feared navy model!

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Pretty as a hatful of kittens, the Soviet "Veshmeshok" rucksack is quite likely the best carrying sack in recent history. The black version is the hallowed and feared navy model!

The same kind of sacks were probably used during the Napoleonic wars. However, at some point during or after WW2, these were modernized with four side straps for blankets/shelter halves/greatcoats. Even today it sees action in the modern Russian army. These were still made in the 90s, and if you're lucky, you'll get one of these recently manufactured pieces of ancient history. The dates on the sacks we get range mostly from the 50s to the 80s. No, we will not rummage through the wares for the date of your choice.

The Veshmeshok is a very simple, very rough and very durable potato-sack type carrying solution. The material is treated to resist water and quite often actually does. The sack is closed with a tie-string and its own shoulder straps. This system prevents pick-pockets from going through the contents when you're wearing it. Amazing!

These rucksacks have one external pouch, straps for attaching a greatcoat or blanket roll, and a name tag holder. Most WWII models were made without these, so remove all excess stuff for that extra special "fighting the fascists"-feeling. Do note that you'll leave holes where the stitching was any stronger.

Old military surplus

These are mostly in used condition, but nevertheless fit for purpose for a long time to come.


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I would recommend for a friend

06.06.2016 (Edited 07.06.2016)
Hinta/Laatusuhde 11/10. Ollut käytössä jo pitkän aikaa päivittäin, enkä vielläkään luopuisi. Kevyt, tilava ja kulutusta kestävä. Hyvä reppu !
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31.10.2016 (Edited 29.11.2016)
Ei tämä varsinaisesti säteile semmoista mukavuuden vaikutelmaa ympärilleen, mutta tälle on ihan oikeasti paikka maailmassa. Puolikiloinen päiväreppu, jonka saa rullattua vaikka reisitaskuun sopivaksi jos tarvis vaatii. Ehanaa! Pakkaamisessa joutuu käyttämään järkeä enemmän kuin jonkun topatun ja luontaisesti ergonomistillisen mukavuuslaitoksen kanssa, mutta ei siihen kuole. Pikku harjoittelulla ja säätämisellä tästä saa naurettavan mukavan kantolaitteen. Siis oikeasti.

Omani sain vuosia sitten silloiselta anopiltani ilmaiseksi. Oli ilmeisesti ottanut tuotekuvauksen vähän liian tosissaan, eikä sitten enää tykännytkään. Hassuna ja ah, niin venäläisenä yksityiskohtana omassani on ommeltu ulkotasku väärälle puolelle reppua. Muuta tästä ei aiheudu kuin se, että rintaremmin solki on ja pysyy nurin päin niin kauan kun en jaksa ratkoa & ommella asiaan muutosta. En arvellut jaksaa jatkossakaan.

Jos tiedät mitä olet ostamassa, suosittelen. Omaani en anna pois ikinä enkä usko saavani sitä rikkikään niin että jään itse ehjäksi.
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06.11.2016 (Edited 29.11.2016)
Its amazing how much you can fit inside and outside of this rucksack and how comfortable it will remain, excellent kit considering the price and age, it should last another lifetime. That and it looks cool af
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06.11.2016 (Edited 13.06.2017)
A very good backpack, simple to use and hard to replace once you have tried it. Cheaper and way cooler than a normal backpack, I use it while traveling and it never failed on me. Consider purchasing a "plash-palatka" to copleat the kit.
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11.12.2016 (Edited 30.05.2019)
Oma tuli ilman tuota nimilapputaskua, mutta tuo ulkoinen pikkutavaran tasku ja lenkit sadeviitalle/päällystakille oli. Tosiaan tämä on pohjiltaan perunasäkki (aluksi usein olikin) johon ommeltu hihnat, eli pakkaa järkevästi sillä huonosti aseteltu esine pistää ikävästi selkään. Tuhoutumaton tämä on ja ainoa käytönjälki mitä omassani (puolivuotias näin 11.12.2016) on lievää halkeilua/naarmuilua noitten lenkkien nahkapalojen pinnassa. Taitaa jopa kestää vettä johonkin pisteeseen, mutta en laittas mitään kovin kosteusherkkää jos keli sanoo ei. Jos ostat NL settiin niin lyö lenkkeihin Plash palatka, sillä yhdessä nämä tekevät nätin ja "käytännöllisen" systeemin.
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22.01.2017 (Edited 09.02.2017)
You are the only people who can cater to our hilariously niche gear needs - and who knows, perhaps you'll start a new trend!
Anyways, I love this pack! I purchased one through an independent retailer but probably buy one from here as well! The quality and durability is as remarkable as it is crude. Once thoroughly cleaned and maintained, the vesh makes a lovely thing to take along with you onto the subway or around the city with all your belongings tucked safely away - I've received many compliments on mine, a tan sample from Afghanistan.
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I carried a full ham home from the store in mine. A insecure security guard asked what was inside? I replied a major body part. He called the police. They thought I was a funny guy and the security guard had ham for brains. IF you carry a full ham the straps can be murder on your shoulders without heavier clothing.
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Varusteleka is an amazing company with top notch customer service. I ordered two of these bags and the shipping company damaged one. Customer service shipped me out a replacement as soon as I contacted them even though it was NOT Varusteleka's fault . The bags are excellent com-block quality and you can't go wrong especiallt when turned into oil cloth. I can't say enough about how wonderful a company Varusteleka is, and that they have amazing customer service. Thank you!!! I will always check Varusteleka before any other company, I have already stared telling every one I can about how good the products are and how amazing the people are. I'd also like to thank Lars from the You-tube channel "Survival Russia" for turning me on to such an amazing company. Thank you Varusteleka, you are to notch for sure!!! Cheers
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no complaints, definetely good stuff
Something written on it that i'll have to decipher somehow
i'm curious what is written on that piece of wood sewed in the front
Stamped 1959 inside
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Steve M. 25.10.2019
Thanks again guys, it's always great to see the post man coming along with a varusteleka package, I've a lot of great gear from you guys now that will make the winter months a lot more comfortable when I'm out in the forest
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Yevheniy S. 22.07.2019
Anyone know if there is a modern equivalent design of this beauty? Using most modern better materials and stitching etc
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James G. 31.07.2019
Not that I know. I kind of like the idea of making my own modern version though. You'd just need bolt of 1000d cordura, some Dyneema cord and an hour with a sewing machine.
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