German Alpine Rucksack

Each rucksack features an olive drab canvas construction and includes a synthetic leather bottom that serves as an abrasion-resistant surface. The overall dimensions of the pack measure approximately 17 inches by 13 inches by 8 inches. The pack is characterized by its large main compartment, which includes a smaller, Velcro®-sealed pocket inside – suitable for separating the contents. The main compartment is secured by a cotton drawstring with access provided by a large storm flap that utilizes large, quick-release plastic buckles. Each side is flanked by identical secondary pouches, each of which measures approximately 9 inches by 5 inches and includes small storm flaps that are secured by another set of large, quick-release plastic buckles.

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Though each rucksack appears to have been previously issued, they remain in good condition and ready to continue service. As they have been issued, some of the rucksacks show signs of wear and tear, with some even showing evidence of being repaired in the field by soldiers, which provides a unique historical aspect for those pieces.

An interesting aspect regarding the German alpine rucksack is the fact that the NATO Stock Number (NSN) is printed on the interior pocket. An NSN is a 13-digit numerical code that identifies all standardized materials of supply that are recognized by NATO countries. The NSN for the German alpine rucksack is 8465-12-323-9348, which identifies it as a feldgepaeck, or what I assume translates loosely to "field pack." The "8465" identifies it as a piece of individual equipment in a category that includes an array of packs and bags while the "12" signifies that the piece is from Germany. The remaining digits signify its item number.

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The German Alpine Rucksack makes a fantastic day bag. It's similar to the US military duffel bag in terms of utilizing a waterproof bucket style system but on a smaller scale. This rucksack is about the same size as a medium ALICE pack but lighter when it
Review by Chris
The German Alpine Rucksack makes a fantastic day bag. It's similar to the US military duffel bag in terms of utilizing a waterproof bucket style system but on a smaller scale. This rucksack is about the same size as a medium ALICE pack but lighter when it comes to weight.
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Like it alot
Review by Calendar Man
Just a quick clean up and hang dry and this bag is ready to go. Took it for a test load out and yes it will in the dead of summer make you sweat BUT I don't hike then! Its a great and CHEAP 30 L bag for day hikes and over-nighters. Bag has no damage at all and looks like it could survive the worse that you could throw at it.
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Quality equipment to have in your trunk
Review by Herr Alpenflage
Great rucksack. A little bit too used. I am just keeping it in the trunk for unforeseen carrying needs.
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Quality ruck at a great price
Review by Steve
Mine arrived very quickly and in great shape. It is used but mine seems barely broken in. This a great pack for day trips or longer term camping. I also use mine as my get home bag and keep it in my truck. There is plenty of room in this pack. The rubberized liner helps keep everything dry and I suppose could be used to carry water in an emergency. If you are on the fence about this just get it, you won't be disappointed with your purchase.
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Great ready to use rucksack
Review by Derek
Size is perfect for 3+ days, condition is great, straps are good. Thsee are the real deal not one of the crappy "military style" ones that are all over the market and cost more. Your defiantly getting more pack than the asking price.
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Needs the mat.
Review by Jason
I purchased one of these a few years back from Keepshooting. I was pretty indifferent towards the bag until I purchased one of the folding German surplus sleep mats. That mat fits in the inside pocket. The mat gives the bag the back support that it needs. The mat is also useful for having something to sit on when stopping in the outdoors and you want a place to sit. The folding sleep mats do not seem that common online. However, I am sure that some foam from a large hardware store would do the job as well. With the mat this bag has quickly become my favorite rucksack.
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Great pack
Review by Tray
Great pack! Used it in boy scout and it worked fine for our trips. The straps are fairly comfortable, not the best though.
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Great bag
Review by Ozzy
This is a great bag overall. I was surprised at how much I was able to fit in it. Mine was like new, which could be a factor in the following: I thought the shoulder straps were comfortable and adequately padded, though I admit I have only had moderate weight loads in it.
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Great all around ruck
Review by Sandro
this ruck is the pinnacle of traditional rucksack development, in my opinion. Not perfect, but considering the trade offs and all that, a Great Rucksack. I have the canvas and the nylon versions, and I love both. The price has gotten high, but I'd still rather pay this price than pay a bit less for bells and whistles that lack toughness and pure functionality. For those who don't like the side pouches, I hear you; but you should know that the long, thin Swiss M84 canteen and cup fit snugly in these pouches, and they are available. The fabric that reinforces the top of the straps can be uncomfortable in light clothing, but they weren't designed for that. All around awesome pack, super tough.
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Best piece of kit I own
Review by Daniel
Fantastic pack! Useful for almost any purpose. A little uncomfortable when it's full but everything has its limitations.
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