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Cheap old german army pack review ..


I got this old German army pack from the surplus store for 15 bucks.I know it is not going to be to everyone's tastes but I kind of like the that retro 1950's style of gear.The pack is a relic of the cold war made for the old and now defuncked east German army.The Guy at the army surplus store said that German army use this basic design of pack for something like 130 years.So there must be some merit to the design for it to be used for such a long time.

Turning the pack over you can see there are a few unwanted straps which are just a little bit irritating.The two straps coming off the shoulder strap and the one at the back where originally to be link to some kind military belt.I have no need for them so they will eventually be cut off.

The whole inside lined in this green rubber making it pretty much waterproof

So it will carry another gear for a day out at the woods,billy can,poncho,lunch,.It my be a bit small for over night trips

It has this neat cover for the opening.This writing looks more like Russian that German to me???

Back view with yours truly..:DI said the pack is old but has never been used it just been siting in some old east German warehouse for some 20 odd year.I like the retro style,that it is a relic,a bit of history,and of coarse it was very cheap.It's well made a little bit rough round the edges perhaps,and I have to say like the crazy "raindrop" camouflage pattern.For sure it will out last any $15 "made in china" kind of pack you can get today.

It even comes with a little bit for you name tag....:D
 
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Nice little pack...

The "Tornister" was used by most European Armies until after WW 1, however the Germanics kept them until well into the 1950's, when they updated them to better fit the modern battlefield. It's a good design and has the added benifit of limiting the excess gear one likes to carry.

Now before anyone says it's too small for a soldiers needs, and all Armies packs are... it must be remembered that in the German military doctrine the pack was for the carry of his change of clothes, a few rations, his rain cape "Zeltbahn", and his blanket OR Great coat... all the other bulky items went into the wagons or later trucks to be moved forward...

I hope it serves you well mate...
 
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Same size or even a little smaller than the pattern '08 British webbing pack, which we poor Aussies were using up to and including the conflict in Vietnam.
As Templar says it holds enough for a days walk and your waterproofs.
When I talk about making your own "Bushcraft" pack this simple rectangle is about what I have in mind, although with the current cost of canvas the price looks cheap indeed
 

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Thanks for the historical background Templar I had never herd of the word Tornisher before.
 

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Looks like you found a bargain! It seems a very nice little pack.
 

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Looks like you found a bargain! It seems a very nice little pack.
For sure very good value..I think this pack would make a really great cheap canoe pack with that rubber inside.I tend to use it more for car camping and fishing than day trips to the woods.
 
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