French Army F1 Rucksack - 70L Capacity
French F1 Rucksack
The French F1 Rucksack is one of the best designed military backpacks in the world. With the ability to expand to hold over 70L of gear, or collapse down for smaller loads you won't find a more versatile rucksack anywhere else. Each F1 Rucksack is an authentic piece of French military surplus. As such, you can expect each rucksack to show some signs of use or personalization with the name of the issued soldier on it. Condition on these bags would be surplus good / issued and they will serve your needs for many years to come.
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Description / French F1 Rucksack
- Padded back and shoulder straps
- Adjustable waist belt for added support
- Water resistant top and bottom
- Exterior Velcro sealed rear pocket
- D-Ring loop at top
- Numerous straps for lashing extra gear
- Side carry handles - Converts to Duffel Bag
- Double drawstring closure
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The condition of my bag was poor. It may have been issued multiple times. (There were three names on the bag, two of them crossed out.)
One shoulder strap was torn half way through, and the water-resistant material has worn through on both the bottom and the top cover. I was expecting I might need to repair or replace the straps, but there's nothing I can do about the waterproofing.
Other than these issues the hardware is all there and functional. There is some corrosion, but not enough to impair functionality. It should be easy enough to clean up and prevent from spreading.
YMMV. Its poor condition limits the potential applications for my bag. The water-resistance was a big selling point.
The top cover has a small zippered compartment that you could store a sweatshirt or poncho in.
The bag smells like it has been sitting in a damp warehouse for about 50 years, but that's no big deal. As a Get Home Bag for the car, it should really fit the bill.
There are padded strips on the back, providing some back relief but this thing is not built for comfort. Just remember that it's not suitable for backpacking heavy loads. I plan to just load some supplies into it and throw this in the back of the car. Hopefully, I'll never need to carry it too far. The top straps are long enough to strap on a sleeping bag or other gear.
One of the metal ends for the straps was missing but I think I could rig up something. Overall, this knapsack is a good deal. I may sound like I am complaining but this is a really rugged bag that could be used for a lot of things. A range bag maybe? Gear bag for your boat? Or do like I am going to do and throw it in the back of the car as a Get Home Bag. I like it a lot.
I stuffed everything I needed for a four day trip, got it wet in a canoe, and still had no complaints. It's just a good, tough flexible item that you wont worry about if it gets a bit dirty, or takes a tumble, it will handle it.
Get one.. or two use em as transport bags, or pack-em out.
By the end of my trip my companions with packs that cost 10 times as much wanted mine. nuff said!
Solo stove and nesting pot, Kelty tarp, wool blanket(from keepshooting,of course) 550 cord, 3 different knives I wanted to test out, a small Condor hatchet, Sven saw, another new tarp I wanted to try out, Life Straw, Nalgene bottle, a 2 litre bottle filled with water, toiletries, and 2 days of food. Carried the pack as loaded for approx 5 hours off and on one day and 2 the next. Pack carried well, no hotspots, but I redid my loading a couple of times.
One item I forgot that I always carry is a large gardening kneeling foam pad. I was wishing for it after an hour, between the load and my back.
To sum it up, this pack holds a good load, carries well and I wont be wearing it out in my lifetime. But Im pretty old, lol.