Austrian army backpack system

During the 80’s the Austrian army had a load carrying system that consistent of a large backpack that looked like a US army Alice Pack and a smaller bag that could be carried as a front pack or as a butt pack. Alternately the small bag could also be worn as a shoulder bag or a small backpack on it’s own. The bags are made from Nylon and usually carried in combination with a pistol belt.

The idea from a front pack was copied in later years by the Dutch army. They had a small duffle generally known as the Rotota bag or soldiers handbag. This was also attached to the shoulder straps of a backpack. However the Dutch used plastic fast release buckles while the Austrian pack system uses metal hooks. Another difference is that the Dutch front-pack is carried on the chest while the Austrian front-pack is carried on your waist in front of your genitals.

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The Austrian backpack and front-pack. Source: www.swisslink.com

The small pack is available with 2 straps to secure the cover lid and also with 3 straps. Perhaps one was intended as a butt-pack and the other as a front-pack.

 

As mentioned in the last video, the carrying straps are not the most comfortable. They are 6 cm wide. For a full size backpack this is quite a small area to spread out the load. Also the padding is not the softest. Since the carrying harness can easily we removed from it’s hooks it is also easy to attach other shoulder straps or a harness to the pack.

The pictures above are from the Austrian army Main pack mounted on the frame of a Swedish army LK35 rucksack frame. Source: www.bushcraft-deutschland.de Alternatively you can also use a frame of an old (wasted) 70’s or 80’s backpack that you can find in second hand shops and thrift-shops. Since the original Austrian army harness is removable by opening the hooks you won’t do any damage to the backpack or straps.

 

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The main backpack from the Austrian load carrying system. Source: www.keepshooting.com
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The Austrian ”Alice Pack” with original detachable shoulder straps. Source: www.raeer.com

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3 Surplus European Backpacks You’ve Probably Never Used – But Should

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Available at:

Large backpack
www.keepshooting.com
www.armyworld.pl
www.global.rakuten.com
www.militarymart.co.uk
www.raeer.com (German website)
www.asmc.com
Small bag
www.swisslink.com
www.keepshooting.com
www.armyandoutdoors.co.nz
www.raeer.com (German website)
Total system
www.swisslink.com
www.gunnyssurplus.com
www.valhallasurplus.ecrater.com
www.herooutdoors.com
www.blacklandprairiesurvival.com
www.sportsmansguide.com
www.raeer.com (German website)
www.militarycollectibles4u.nl (Dutch website)

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.

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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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Thai Army backpack (Modern version of the ARVN Rucksack)

The US Army supplied the Army of the Republic South Vietnam with a backpack that was the precursor of the modern Alice Pack and Tropical Rucksack. This simple but effective model is still being used by the Thai Army. However not from canvas but from Nylon with a special water-repellent coating on the inside and in a modern camouflage pattern. The original ARVN backpack had a metal X frame on the inside, this backpack comes without such a frame.

€20,00

 

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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Shipping costs
Shipping within the European Union will cost 11,- Euro for a 0-2 Kg parcel and 19,- Euro for a 0-5 Kg parcel. Since we are based inside the European Union shipping outside the EU is more expensive. For countries like USA and Thailand it is 24,- Euro for a 0-2 Kg parcel and 32,- Euro for a 0-5 Kg parcel. Shipping costs for the European Union can be purchased below. For shipping outside the EU please contact us through the questions form or by Facebook messenger.

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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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 stable.

US army (style) duffle

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Stealing from your luggage and what you can do about it.

Theft from your luggage is unfortunately a thing that can happen. Just like in daily life there are criminals that want to steal what belongs to you. This can surely happen by fellow travelers but also by people who work as luggage handlers in airports, buses or ferry boats. Thailand has seen both arrests of foreign travelers being caught for stealing as well as local employees who work as a luggage handler.

Coconuts Bangkok writes often about this problem. Its like fighting rats; no matter how much you catch of them they will come back.
Phuket airport employee caught stealing Adidas shoes from luggage.
Busted! Baggage handlers at Suvarnabhumi Airport caught stealing from passengers.
Phuket airport staff arrested for stealing from passengers’ luggage.

 

How people steal from your luggage and how to ovoid theft.

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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.

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

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Travel coffee makers

If you like to drink a nice fresh cup of coffee you probably also would like to do this when you are travelling. Many hotels will equip the room with a water cooker and some instant coffee. But if you want a more advanced cup of coffee you need to take a look at other devices: Travel Coffee Makers.

This movie about some different portable coffee making devices by Donny Outdoors catches the essence of travel coffee making systems perfect. Make nice coffee wherever you go, relax and enjoy the moment ….. ..  

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Great travel item: US army patients effects bag

Some military surplus items are perfect for travellers; light weight, not to expensive, still available from unused stock and many different ways to use them. The US army patients effects bag is such an item.

When wounded soldiers were taken to a (field) hospital, staff placed an injured soldier’s personal belongings such as wedding rings, watches, glasses or letters in these bags. Each bag has two drawstrings on top and a gusseted bottom to stand upright when full. Inside the bag is a rubberised pocket to separate items. On the outside of the US GI personal effects bags is a small white square where the soldier’s name would be written. Another version which is not so common is meant for dead soldiers and has a label which much more details to be filled in. Among the details; Killed in action. Measuring 12 inches tall and 15 inches wide, these cloth bags make perfect toiletry bags, laundry bags, or other small item bags for campers, Scouts or travellers.

 

Available at:
www.global.rakuten.com
www.hobbyswoodmilitaria.co.uk
www.colemans.com
www.go-armynavy.com
www.mooremilitaria.com
www.sportsmansguide.com This is the not so often seen bag for deceased military personal instead of the wounded one.

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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