Norwegian military Rucksack (more info)

In the army a rucksack is called a BERGEN - why because during the war soldiers with large packs looked upon specialist troops like the commando's with envious eyes due to the fact these troops had vastly superior back packs copied from the typical outdoorsman/mountaineer rucksack made in Norway - the BERGEN

History lesson over - heres a nice little PDF - and yes I still like the canvas and leather rucksack - oh and heres the link to my you tube video on the same subject ...........yes again (stop complaining!)

PDF - http://www.bergans.com/sider_eng/historikk/bergans100ar.pdf

Video -


Baney-san said...

Love it! Well done! Synchronicity that I've come across you, just saw a 'ludvig' in a movie and decided to do a little poking around. : ) I have 3 of these packs but to my dismay, they're old and the leather is flaking (not too bad but still). Do you happen to know any 'home remedies' for them? Do you think the shiny surface of the leather, once cracked, diminishes the overall strength? Leather isn't really my forte and before I go get leather conditioner (or put 30lbs in them!) I'd like to know if you think they're salvageable. Thank You!

Survivall said...

Hi, if the leather cracks it will inevitably weaken it slightly but liberal applications of neatsfoot oil or similar with nourish the leather and should keep it strong or stronger at least - I have a old sack with badly cracked and worn straps and have no problem with it so you should be ok

Baney-san said...

Thank you sir! Can't get enough of your blog!

I'll def. get some Saddle soap on there next time I'm down 'home' (stored them at my Dads house) : ). I'm glad I can use them because they're surprisingly comfortable and rugged. It's funny that you have a swiss volcano stove in the side pocket as well because my first thought was "I wonder if my newly acquired ranger stove will fit in there nicely." haha. Well done my friend! I'm not sure if it will replace my Alice pack as my go-to mountain ruck (old habits die hard or never ditch the girl that brought you to the dance haha) but I'm what you would call a pack-whore so it's definitely appreciated.

I'm from the U.S. and only recently realized the wonderful military products available from the East. Simplicity at it's best! Although it's slighty more difficult to acquire here, I've been very impressed with the Norwegian, the swedish lk35, and my favorite daypack, the russian veschmeshok. If you don't have a meshok, I recommend it my friend - a potato sack with straps that's much bigger than I thought,lightweight, folds up small, and, when the chest strap is applied, uber-comfy. For little trips away from camp, it's been my best friend. You can even hold water in it! : )

Baney-san said...

So, I followed your advice and put liberal amounts of conditioner on bam! just like new! Thank you!

I take that back about not being my go-to-bag because this thing is built to last! I forgot how beefy these were. Feels about 10 times as thick as my nylon rucks and this frame could probably prop up my car if I needed it to. : ) Duluth packs (and Frost River) are pretty much using these same time-tested designs and charging boku bucks for them - no wonder they have lifetime guarantees. Bummer it's harder to find these today - I'd much rather carry an extra pound or 2 for durability.

2 of my packs have "HV" painted on the top flap. I've heard they still use these in the HV (home guard)...is this true? thanks again.

woodsrunner said...

Howdy Gary!
sorry so late posting here amigo!
after seeing your short review on the Ludvig pack a few years back i decided to purchase one.
after a few mods and many miles humping this thing i was convinced to get rid of my three frost river packs.
whilst the FR packs are nice and well made, they do not carry as well as the Ludvig.
many thanks Gary!....woods