Quechua Arpenaz backpack series

Travel equipment doesn’t have to be expensive and complex. Quenchua, the home brand of Decathlon sports and outdoor shop, makes very simple and therefore lightweight and cheap backpacks. The Arpenaz backpacks don’t have side pockets. They consist of just one large main compartment with a additional 2nd compartment. The bags are padded with a small layer of foam on the back and made out of water repelling fabrics. On top is a small loop for hanging your bag on a hook in a public toilet or so. Unfortunately there is no large grip handle on top to pick up your bag easily. The Arpenaz backpack series has a 10, 20, 30 and 40 liter variants and is available in all kind of colors.

Arpenaz series

For the 10 and 20 liter the 2nd compartment is a front pocket. For the 30 and 40 liter variants the 2nd compartment is located in the cover lid. Al the variants except the 10 liter have mesh pockets on both sides. All backpacks except the 10 liter variant have a minimalistic hip belt. Since the volume of all these backpacks are not that big and there is no option for adjusting the shoulder straps at a different hight you might not using it at all.

 

In the pictures below you can see some actual travel usage of the Arpenaz 20 daypack. To prevent the zippers from unwanted opening you can attach a extra clip on the 3 ropes of the zippers. The handle on top is very small. Good for hanging your backpack on a hook or so but not very comfortable to lift it up in your hand. Since the backpack is very cheap you don’t have to hesitate to do some modifications. The grip handle in the picture was made from the minimalistic hip belt that wat cut of the bag. Anyone with a sewing machine can fix this for you in a minute. The side pockets are deep enough to carry items like a small water bottle and a folding umbrella. In this way you have those items always in reach of hand.

 

Other Arpenaz backpack variants
There is also a 5 liter kids version.
There is also a ultra lightweight foldable version.

More info:
www.packinglite.co: Quenchua Arpenaz 10 review
www.packinglite.co: Quenchua Arpenaz 20 review
www.packinglite.co: Quenchua Arpenaz 10 Ultra Compact review
www.olympusmountaineering.wordpress.com: Quenchua Arpenaz 10 review

Army bags for sale

The following bags are for sale. If you have any questions please contact us through  Facebook Messenger or fill in the contact form at the end of this page.

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Dutch army daypack DPM woodland camoflage

Nice second hand backpack with the camouflage still bright. Backpack shoulder straps are adjustable and filled with soft foam. The bag comes with a extra pouch connected to the front. This pouch is made of coated polyurethane and in the same DPM camouflage.

€35,00

 

 

Dutch Army daypack dessert camoflage

Very hard to find version of the Dutch Army daypack. One of the inside seperation walls is removed so that the bag has one big storage compartment and one laptop / document compartment. Backpack shoulder straps are adjustable and filled with soft foam. The bag has some minor dirt marks on top. Luckily this blends in with the camouflage pattern.

€35,00

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Dutch Army daypack Olive green

Dutch Army backpack used by the Dutch Airforce. Waterproof coating inside the bag. Attaching clips on the shoulder straps for a Rotota bag to be worn in front of you. Backpack shoulder straps are adjustable and filled with soft foam. Very hard to find version of the Dutch army daypack.

€40,00

 

 

Mil-Tec asault backpack (US Army model)

Top notch backpack from the German manufacturer Mil-Tec. Very solid fabric and water proof rubber coating inside. Strong solid double zippers. Many pockets inside and outside the bag. Molle attachment points for side packs or a field canteen. Hip belts can be removed from its buckles. The bag can be compressed with straps on the sides. Used product but still in almost new condition.

€30,00

 

 

Dutch army medic bag (M3 Model)

Bag is made of heavy duty rubber like material. The zippers are protected by a waterproof cover lid. Can act as a toiletries bag or shoulder bag. Has two D-rings for attaching a shoulder strap. Original army issue.

€20,00

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0-2 Kg parcel inside the EU

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€11,00

 

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€19,00

 

0 – 2 Kg parcel to the USA

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€24,00

 

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US Army style duffel bag for traveling

Soldiers in the army have usually something like a kit-bag, see sack, weekend bag or duffel bag. This not to use in the combat field but to take all their clothing and gear from army base to army base or from their barracks to home during weekends. These bags are usually very simple. In case of a duffel bag it is usually a one compartment bag with rings and a clip to close it instead of zippers. Most duffel bags have just one strap to throw over your shoulders. The US army duffel bag however is one of the few designs with two straps so that it can be worn as a (improvised) backpack. To improve the possibility of carrying the duffel bag as a backpack the bag has a rectangular shape instead of a cylindrical shape. A round shape will flip sidewards all the time when you have it on your back. A flat shape will be much more stabile.

US army (style) duffle

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Dutch army daypack

The Dutch army daypack aka KL daypack or KLU daypack is a small backpack but equipped with foam-padded shoulder straps like it is a full size backpack. The bag has a main compartment with an internal divider and two side pockets. The weigh is about 1,15 kg and measurements are 45 x 28 x 18cm for the main compartment and 7 x 15 x 25 cm for each of the side pockets. This gives the backpack a total volume of 28 liters. However, on online army shops and second hand trading websites the volume is very often stated as 35 liters. The outside contains two attaching belts for extra equipment like a water bottle or first aid pouch. These items can be attached with alice-clips, but also the old Dutch/British webbing system hooks.  This backpack was made during the 90’s in 3 colours; Woodland (Dutch DPM), Dessert (Dutch CDU) and olive green. The olive green one was only issued to the Dutch Airforce (KLU) and therefore harder to find nowadays. Big advantage of this last one is that the camouflage pattern will not fade out after years of usage. Also the colour is more neutral and suitable for urban traveling.

Rugzak KL 35L (www.armyworld.pl)
Olive green edition (Dutch Airforce) of the Dutch army daypack. Source: www.armyworld.pl

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French army F1 backpack

The French army F1 backpack was in use till the mid 90s. Nowadays you can still find them in many (online) army surplus shops. Main reason for that is because they are extremely durable and made out of tough heavy duty materials. This backpack is super strong and won’t disappoint you.

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The French Army F1 backpack can be extended with a chimney. That’s why the closing straps are extra long. Source: www.global.rakuten.com

The French army F1 backpack is compared to a modern lightweight backpack a bit heavy (2,2 Kg) and a bit uncomfortable. Actually it is more a very luxury duffel bag. For example; it doesn’t have side pockets and it has grip handles on both sides. Besides that you can also wear it on your back.

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The (British army) Rucksack Other Arms vs The Osprey Porter

The Rucksack Other Arms from the British army and the Osprey Porter are both “single” compartment backpacks where you can hide the shoulder straps. This allows you to use it as a hand carrying bag. Both the backpacks are not very high compared to their width.

If you spend most of your time carrying your luggage at your back when hiking or going to the woods and mountains, then a real backpack is most suitable. If your backpack spends most of its time in a luggage compartment of a bus, train, air-plane, mini van, taxi etc. then a single compartment bag with no extra straps or side pockets is more suitable. This setup comes close to a suitcase that you carry on your back.

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Polish army backpack

The Polish WZ89 army backpack (aka Frog or Puma camouflage) is a cheap and simple backpack. Just a big sack with two straps on it. It was in use in the Polish army from 1989 and until 1993. The typical camouflage pattern is called the Zába Pattern, which in polish for Frog. On military surplus store websites it is also called the Polish Puma camouflage pattern. In Germany this camouflage pattern is often referred as Pumatarn.

The bottom is protected with a rubber (PVC) coating. So when you place your bag in a small puddle of water or in some wet grass not all your stuff is totally soaked. For a better protection it is wise to use a big plastic bag inside the backpack itself since the fabric is very thin and not very water resistant. In military surplus stores you can also buy special water resistant laundry bags.

The top side of the pack has two drawstrings, one on the very top and one a bit lower down the body. The lower drawstring allows for loading to regular capacity, similar to a normal rucksack. The top drawstring allows you to expand (overload) the pack to the size of a big backpack. Keep in mind that there is no padding on the shoulder straps. So if you you load up on weight it’s going to cut into your shoulders and may hurt. The big top flap can be closed in two different heights; two triglides on the bottom or two triglides half way the pack.

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Source: www.varusteleka.com

The rucksack is constructed of very flexible material and doesn’t have a rigid frame. This simple construction gives very little wearing comfort. However this also makes it ideal for packing and compressing your luggage down to a small package and in the same time it also allows you to expand the bag to carry a much larger load. It is also possible to fold the bag down and take it with you as an extra bag in your main luggage. Since the weight of the pack is only 0,75 Kg it is not that much extra.

Other comparable designs.
There is also an improved version of this backpack with a different camouflage pattern (WZ93 Pantera) and stronger materials. The M93 Pantera camouflage backpack. The fabric of the M93 backpack is waterproof and the name tag is stronger and equipped with a better plastic window.

The much bigger and heavier French F1 65 liter military backpack might have been the inspiration for this design. That bag is also more like a duffel bag, comes also with a rubberized bottom, and is also closable at two different heights. But that bag is made of much heavier canvas and the rubber is thicker and comes higher from the ground. This makes the weight of this pack going up to 2,15 Kg. The backside of the pack has a padded back support in a triangle form, the shoulder straps are padded and the pack has a simple belt to let the weight rest at your hips. These features makes this backpack / duffel bag quite comfortable to wear. More info in this special blog about the French army F1 backpack.

Many people regard a soft backpack without any back support or padded shoulder straps as a ridiculous idea and the worst design ever. However the famous (military) backpack company Berghaus made a similar backpack The Berghaus MMPS Grab Bag. This bag has also one main compartment without side pouches. Only the cover lid is a little more sophisticated with a pouch behind a zipper and some webbing for attaching extra gear. This bag is also meant as an extra light weight bag that you can take with you in your main luggage.

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Background information:
www.webbingbabel.blogspot.nl
www.outdoorin.blogspot.nl
www.surplusmania.weebly.com
www.tacticalgunreview.com: 3 Surplus European Backpacks You’ve Probably Never Used – But Should

WZ89 Polish army backpack frog (Puma) camouflage in military surplus store:
www.militarymart.co.uk
www.kommandostore.com
www.swisslink.com
www.varusteleka.com
www.raeer.com German army shop
www.anchorsupplies.com British army surplus shop
www.armyworld.pl Polish military shop

M93 woodland camo in military surplus store:
www.majorsurplus.com
www.keepshooting.com
www.militaria4you.com (Dutch genuine army shop)
www.sportsmansguide.com (American outdoor shop)
www.armyworld.pl (Polish military shop)
www.army-surplus.cz (Czech military shop)

Tortuga Backpacks

Tortuga Backpacks are designed by two travel veterans. After a backpack journey they noticed that all backpacks and other bags and suitcases have their own advantages and their own disadvantages. They decided to develop their own backpack. Main feature is that you can open the backpack in the same way as a suitcase. This makes the backpack more suitable for travelling. Most backpacks are designed more for hiking than for travelling and open therefore from the top.

They don’t sell their products in physical shops but on-line only.

www.tortugabackpacks.com

After a little research it turned out that Osprey also has a backpack what can be opened from the front instead of the top. Their backpack is called the Osprey Porter 46. The following youtube movie compares these two.