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The Austrian Alpine Backpack is a current issue pack that is used by soldiers operating in the Alpine regions of Austria. These soldiers are routinely deployed to the mountain region of Austria which is composed of the Alps, which is some of the toughest terrain in Europe. With this environment in mind, the Austrian army worked to develop this versatile and tough backpack for these specialist troops.
First and foremost, this backpack is packed with features that give Alpine soldiers an advantage. With the weather variations in the Alps, each unit will have their own specific needs for equipment. This backpack is packed with lashing straps, velcro loops, and exterior accessed pockets to give each soldier the ability to customize their load out without needing to issue multiple backpacks. The features do not stop with the ability to attach gear, there are also considerable efforts put into making this backpack fully adjustable for comfort. Adjustment points include the padded shoulder straps, removable interior padded back, top carry handle, and a buckle to connect the shoulder straps at your chest.
One of the more interesting features of this Austrian Alpine Backpack is the detachable top which can transform into a small hand carry bag. This hand carry bag has two pockets, one interior water resistant and one exterior. When not being used with the backpack it could be easily detached and carried into the woods for a short hike away from your base camp. Think of this as two bags for the price of one, with the quality being Austrian Army yet the price being below commercial grade packs that lack even half of the features of this backpack.
This is a sturdy, smaller version of the Bundesheer pack. It takes the same side pouches as the larger pack, which you can find on Austrian surplus websites. This pack does not have the quick release system to attach to the hip belt. There is a pocket on the back side where you can store the shoulder straps and waist belt if you just want to carry it or strap it to a larger pack. Mine showed very little use and was made by Redo in 2010.
This is a small to medium ruck. The size of this pack is equal to that of a modern day assault pack. I will use as a day pack. Not large enough for a weekend hike unless you want to rough it. There is no frame or internal support, so don't plan on carrying a heavy load greater than (<20-25 lbs) any distance. The waist strap is narrow, and will not support much with your shoulders. The attachable small bag is good size for placing items needed for easy access.