German Alpine Rucksack
June 15, 2009
[$40, postpaid in the USA. Non-US extra. SOLD OUT.]
Here's a German military rucksack, used. This is a handsome, effective unit in about 80% condition.
The 3 main benefits are the clip-closures---which are better than buckles for handiness, if you care, and often I do (but not always); and the 2 big outside pockets (I really like segregating my smaller stuff); and the rubberized bottom (set it on wet ground and it stays dry).
The only thing better might be to have 3 outside pockets---which the Dakota and ALICE packs have, which I also offer.
At about 17"x14"x6", it's a good bookbag, daypack, overnighter.
Tough canvas body, solid snap-clips, big interior space, rubber-lined top flap---these are near-new but used enough that they actually have a supple feel, with the canvas feeling plush even and the rubberized areas feeling like soft leather somehow. They've broken in very nicely. You'll like the feel.
I evaluated a bunch of contemporary rucks and this is one of the few good ones that are still available and affordable. Classy, without attitude, if you're OK with gray-green.
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Pic of the LAST rucksack, with no plastic clips:
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