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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Customer Reviews

awesome pack
Review by Dominic
Verified Buyer
This German Alpine sack is the REAL DEAL. I've seen many that are claimed to be almost the same, but just don't compare. Mine had the normal wear done to these bags, but is still very useable. Can't wait to get to work with it.
Perfect all around pack
Review by Michael
Verified Buyer
I got this as a utilitarian bag to throw in my car, but I like the size so much, I'm using more for my bug-out camp gear. It's well made, light, and very versatile. Mine was in great shape -- no complaints!
Well-made basic backpack
Review by Brian
Verified Buyer
I bought this same model from another seller, but the condition of Keepshooting's surplus on other items has been uniformly better than other sellers so far.

I won't repeat the other informative reviews, but will add that the interior fabric has a thin rubber coating, making the bag water resistant. It does not have drainage eyelets on the compartment bottoms as some water resistant bags do. This can be a plus or minus, depending on your preference.

I'd guess the fabric durability is good, but well below the toughness of 1000 denier nylon, let's say.

Though this is a simple, well-made, small pack, it does not hold its shape well when full, and the small padded shoulder straps are not as comfortable as most standard, current manufacture school backpacks, so I wouldn't recommend it for a long haul. The straps ride out to the edge of my shoulders, at least on my frame, and there is no across-the-chest strap to prevent this. It does have a waist strap, but it rides too high on me given the short to moderate height of this bag.

I'd recommend this for a small car bug out bag, day pack, or carry-stuff-to-work bag.
Review by Choice
Verified Buyer
This is a good pack. Everything out of Germany is good stuff. I like how the pockets form a sleeve for something like an axe handle.
Good buy
Review by Jerry
Verified Buyer
"As they have been issued, some of the rucksacks show signs of wear and tear" - as does mine including a small hole.

"Each side is flanked by identical secondary pouches, each of which measures approximately 9 inches by 5 inches" - Diameter on mine is closer to 3 5/8""and will accommodate a standard 1 liter/32ouncce water bottle. I'm currently "wet stretching" mine to also fit the nesting cup of a 32 ounce stainless Pathfinder bottle.

"The German alpine rucksack may not be the prettiest pack you have ever laid eyes on, but it sure is one of the most practical." Absolutely agree!

Wish they were offered in different grades. Would love to get one in select condition even at a premium.
Review by Jedediah the Gyro Captain
Verified Buyer
This is a great pack--this style of pack was used by Bundeswehr Mountain Troops and Jaeger troops during the Cold War. These are in great condition, at an awesome price. These are being reproduced, and the fakes are being sold for more than what Keep Shooting is asking. Get one while you can!
Great deal on a great rucksack
Review by Bobby
Verified Buyer
Just got my new German rucksack today. It was like brand new.
The rucksack had only one small problem, it had one small, white paint stain (big deal). If KS charged $60 for one of these I would buy it.
excellent bug out bag
Review by mike
Verified Buyer
Best bag for the price. Excellent condition. My wife took it for her own bug out bag. I guess I will have to order another for myself.
German Alpine Ruck
Review by J.
Verified Buyer
Fantastic rucksack. Ordered one and am thinking about getting another.
Great quality and price!
Review by Victor
Verified Buyer
I received mine in great shape.Even if it's surplus it looks like new. This is a must have for the outdoor "boys and girls". Its medium size makes a perfect choice for longer trips. Lots of room for storage, very comfortable to carry and the price it's just right for this quality rucksack Grab your's today!

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