5.12.11

Norwegian army Rucksack



Another item in the back to basics theme. This is a classic outdoorsman sack and my very first rucksack was very similar to this, I got it as a christmas present when I was 15 years old and loved it.

In hind sight it now reminds me of a FROST River Nessmuk but where the Frost River costs hundreds of pounds this tough as old boots sack cost me less than a tenner ............and I love it!!





10 comments:

Perkunas said...

If you could turn that cotton,with oil and wax into tin cloth, it would be awesome. I use that pack too, and for 19 euros that they cost, theyre pure diamonds. And in comparison to many so popular, top dollar, canoe packs, the Norgie wins those with hellova lot better steel frame.

Survivall said...

sounds like a plan - did you do that to your one?? what mix of oil and wax did you use??

Perkunas said...

I mixed liquid paraffine, beeswax and one chunk of fjällrävens "greenland wax", so that beeswax and greeenland wax were having similar weight (1:) and then i heated them in pot, in stove, so that they melted, and then i poured the paraffine in. I think, that if you put desiliter of both waxes and 2 desiliters of paraffine, youll have a similar mix that i had. Just scrub it in, hard, and heat it with hairdryes so the cloths sucks it inside the threads and seams. I did the same thing for my british surplus jacket, and it rejects rain drops a lot better that before.

Waldgeistman said...

Nice simple pack Gaz. I assume you pack your gear inside a some sort of sack / poly bag for waterproofing? How water repellant is the pack outer?

Survivall said...

Cheers Perk - I read up on that and it sounds like a good plan i might do it.

Tomo - at present I just use a orange survival bag as the liner - which also doubles up as a survival bag (funnily enough)

I do have one or two blocks of greenland wax knocking about so might try that - but then again I might not after all I quite like the sack as it ............thats the beauty of such a item it wont break the bank if you MOD it and knacker it but equally its 100% servicable as is too

Perkunas said...

Yep, its very good just as it is, indeed. I just like to try things and as i like tincloth, i just had to smear my pack with thinned greenland wax, and now the water drops, just slip from the surface, instead of goin in to the cloth. Keeps it a bit drier, if not even a bit more splashwater proof.

Anonymous said...

Hi, why have you fitted a spring clip on to the left shoulder strap?
Best wishes,
Phineas

Survivall said...

I didnt fit it - that was on there already. I am guessing its an addition designed for ski or mountain troops etc and is a quick release addition - maybe a new design from a standard strap or a old design that was got rid of in later models - I dont know.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I have seen lots of images of these packs on line and not seen one with the additon of this clip. On close inspectin of your photo, I can see that it was not recently added.
I have just received the nylon version of this pack today. I don't have the clip on it.
It's very musty smelling but after decades in storage that's to be expected. It's a nice pack but not in as good condition as yours (which I am not happy about as I paid extra for an unused model and mine has a stitched repair to a hole in the nylon so clearly not unused condition. I'll be taking that up with the supplier). I'm hoping I can add a padded hip belt but I'm not sure how yet or if the back length will allow it.
I'll let you know how I get on with that.
All the best
Phineas

Survivall said...

Hi Phineas, I've never seen the nylon model - look forward to hearing more.