Italian Army Blue Canvas Rucksack
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The Italian Army has long used rucksacks designed and sized similar to this blue canvas rucksack. With the terrain in Italy being very diverse, the need for being able to carry mission essential equipment for a variety of environments is critical. These Italian Army Blue Canvas Rucksacks were designed for carrying additional uniform response gear, such as water resistant jackets and entrenching equipment for building out your campsite.
This rucksack was extremely successful in design as it was used extensively by the Italian Army. You can tell by the signs of use as evidenced on each rucksack that these were issued in large numbers and soldiers used them every day. No two rucksacks look the same as each has been used by different soldiers. You will be receiving an authentic field used rucksack and the history that comes along with it.
- Authentic Italian Army Rucksack
- Dual Side Pockets for Bedroll or Blanket
- Integrated Adjustable Shoulder Straps
- Two Rear Strap Closed Pockets
- More From Brand
That's the trick, use it as designed. I'd be more likely to put a tarp or such rather than a blanket in the big U shaped pocket, but it works!
One odd thing about this pack is the 3 different sorts of strap/buckles on it. The pockets are like a belt with holes, the top and side straps are of 2 different standard friction sorts. All worked.
I like this pack and KS took good care of me in replacing the damaged one, some straps had been cut off.
Excellent customer service!
I'll review the replacement as well.
I have been using one as a range bag. The main compartment is large enough to hold a surplus cotton U.S.M.C. shooting jacket, a sixty power Bushnell spotting scope with stand, stapler, and ammunition with room left over for extra clothing, water, and lunch.
Small gear, such as glasses, ears, staples, pencils, pasters, brass bags, speedloaders, magazines, etc, are put into a couple of 5" X 8" X 5" Lock N' Lock boxes. The rear pockets on this ruck are large enough to accommodate these boxes.
The side "pockets" on this ruck are not pockets at all. They are actually two flaps, one having a piece of material sewn into the end similar to the bottom of a pocket. I believe the intended use with a blanket roll. The roll is tucked under the top flap and the ends inserted between the two flaps. The flaps are then drawn up about the ends of the blanket roll and secured with the two straps on each side.
My range bag includes a first aid kit put up in a hinged plastic G.I. FAK box that measures about 5" X 8" X 3". I roll this up into the side flap with the sewn bottom, draw the other flap around, and secure it with the two straps. It rides there very securely and is accessible if needed. I think the same procedure could be used to secure a canteen or water bottle to the other side.
A curious feature is the carrying straps. Both are simple canvas, secured to the ruck at the top by stitching. However, the bottom of one strap is sewn into the ruck, the other has a metal loop at the bottom end that attaches to an open-ended metal hook that is attached to the bottom of the ruck by a short fabric strap. Both straps are adjustable for length by use of a metal buckle.
All in all, it is a heck of a ruck for the price. A lot of room, quality materials and manufacture. I don't think I want to haul a heavy load any distance using the simple canvas straps, but for my purposes of short hauls to the range, or as a ruck for storing emergency gear in a vehicle, this Italian made ruck is great.