Backpacks - need some ideas...

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by ButteMT61, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. handymike

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  2. Ernest P Shackleton

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    Willing to go vintage/used? Is this more about style than utility? More about name brand than quality? I ask these questions because that design isn't unique to Filson. I know for a fact that it was either Germany, Austria, or Switzerland that had a similar ruckpack military issue (probably all three). I'd do some google and ebay searching on rucksacks (do image searches as well to get an idea of what designs are out there). I have an old German military issue rucksack that I've used for a lot of years, and it looks like the day I got it. It's OD green, though. They were a dime a dozen in surplus stores. Rucksacks are also popular with people who canoe and portage. Minnesota had several outdoor gear makers that had them in their lines. That classic rucksack design is also very popular with younger travelers, so there are many companies making them new. They're usually in brighter colors than military or field earth tones. I'd be very surprised if you had to pay more than $50USD for a quality vintage rucksack, but who knows? Maybe they're in style, and I don't realize it.

    Here's an example of the classic German rucksack, but new with nylon strapping and fastex buckles instead of the classic leather straps and aluminum belt buckles:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/BW-RUCKSAC...SACK-OLIV-TASCHE-CAMPING-OUTDOOR/401141806552
     
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  3. handymike

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    The Swedish vintage M39 is a beautiful one, and you can also find a metal frame for it.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I hadn't had a chance to reply to the helpful suggestions due to being on constant nightshift this week.

    In the end, I choose to go for the Filson, backpack. I had been looking at it for as long as I can remember and the construction of it appeals to me. The bridle leather, brass, rugged canvas, it sort of, to me looks like a satchel on a saddlebag and that was the initial appeal. I guess as well with them being an American based company that has its history connected to the Klondike Goldrush, much like with Levi's and Wrangler being intertwined with American history/culture, I sort of had to get this.

    It'll be the first, and last time I ever spend this amount on a bag ever again, and with a 10% off promo code, what the hell.

    The links shared here, have been most helpful though and I've bookmarked them. Some of these bags would be suitable to change around with.

    Thanks again!

    Edit to add.

    HandyMike, I was actually considering that second hand one you shared a link to. My discount ended up saving me more in the end, how often can you say a brand new product has cost you less than a second hand one. Well, it worked out the same but I'm accounting for not having to pay shipping and the inevitable customs charge. Pretty good in the end, cheers!
     
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    Got my bag, absolutely delighted with it.

    So, I want to ask fellow loungers, patch on, or patch off?

    Patch On.jpg Patch Off.jpg
     
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    That patch gives it a Junior Chipmunk Ranger vibe to me.
    Love the pack plain.
     
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    Damn, I won't be able to unsee that, now. :eek:
     
  9. Ernest P Shackleton

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    I love patches, and I won't judge the patch. Since this isn't a backcountry pack, there's no reason to consider weight. Weight? If you love patches as much as I do, one patch can lead to many patches and adding pointless weight to each step. I'm not an ultralighter, but I'm also not interested in carrying impractical weight on the trail.

    Now, to the idea of a patch on a daily backpack, I like the idea of sewing the fuzzy side of velcro to the pack and then the plastic nib side of velcro to the patch...and then to many other patches. Like they do in the US military now. So you can remove and switch patches at your whim. Just an idea.
     
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    @Ernest P Shackleton

    That's actually a pretty good shout!

    I've always liked the idea of patches, however, it's something I've actually never done. I've got a pretty cool Woodstock patch around somewhere and a really cool Houston Astros Astrodome patch amongst other bands patches.

    I've always wanted a cool daily backpack and to adorn it with patches I like, although I'm always concerned it could end up looking quite gaudy. Looking at others folks bags all patched up does look cool, I may just leave it plain.
     

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