Swiss Army "Salt & Pepper" Rucksack: classy, rugged OUT OF STOCK
October 12, 2008
[$50, postpaid in the USA. OUT OF STOCK.]
These are rare and I can't find any more I should just remove the listing, but it's such a nice thing that I leave it up for inspiration.
In the meantime, here's the low-down on what they are/were, since they pretty much set the benchmark for a Quality yet Affordable vintage-type "classy" ruck...
These vintage Swiss "salt & pepper" canvas/leather packs are great for those who are tired of zippers breaking and hightech fabrics and sporty bright colors in your outdoor stuff and everyday gear. Here's a high quality, super-stout leather and canvas rucksack that'll break in (even more) just fine to your rumpled wool lifestyle. (Of course, there's a time and place for tech, too.)
It's 18" tall, 14" wide and about 7" deep. Possibly a touch on the big/heavy side for a day-use rucksack---just right for overnighters and weekenders -- for folks who don't mind a bit of over-built in their gear. 2000 cu-in volume. With large outside pocket. You can carry about 20 lbs of camp stuff. Or 50 lbs of rocks---it's tough. It's all leather and canvas. It has a simple, minimal frame consisting of 2 internal flat, semi-flexible metal "wands" (about 1" wide) and an arched metal hip-band with a wide, tensioned canvas band floating over it.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE & WARRANTY: If you don't like your Bag, return it for a refund in a week.
(NOTE: I won't put OYB patches on these unless requested.)
It's a vintage military surplus bag. It's the famous Swiss salt'n'pepper model. They're very rare.
It's about 1/3 the cost of new leather/canvas packs out there of similar initial quality. (Duluth's lovely "Wanderer" is the cheapest at $135. A British version is $150.)
Customer photo of a pack in action (in the UK). Oh yeah... (And that Benelli is tugging at me. Looks like it wants to be rode hard and put away wet. Gimme some mud!)
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