This Swedish canvas & leather rucksack designed in the 1930’s and used in WWII remains a classic to this day. A simple single-bucket canvas pack, affectionately known as the ‘Moose Sack” for this simple shape, it is a fantastic vintage-styled pack for modern use.
Characterised by it’s tough canvas, and a wide range of very functional leather straps and fittings, including bedroll straps below and side straps for carrying an axe or securing a poncho, waterproof or tarp.
The pack has a unique shoulder and sternum strap harness system, all made from the most beautiful high quality and now aged leather. The main bucket closes simply with a thick drawstring and a very effective back suspension system in leather fitting to the very robust steel tubed frame.
These are now of considerable age although they were issued to Swedish troops right up to the early 1970’s, testament to the usability and robustness of this pack – like our other military vintage packs this one has been well tested and proven! Many that remain are now in a tired state or damaged, with repairs to the canvas, bent frames (they don’t break generally, but can get bent) damaged or dried out leather and other issues.
But we pick out the best candidates and set about refurbishing them with our own natural beeswax-based canvas treatment and leather preparations. When we get them in the dried canvas is stiff and a pale, tired and dusty looking grey colour, but the wax finish we apply deepens the colour to a really beautiful and rich dark green-grey hue. All in all an absolutely classic and one which perhaps rather than a military look now has more of a ‘vintage woodsman’ appeal.
I must say this pack is gorgeous! It arrived about 20 minutes ago. The waxed canvas is very nicely done! The overall condition including the leather is excellent. B. USA.
Just to say thank you for the speedy delivery of the rucksack, which is great!! MA, UK
We supplied Ben Fogle with a modified M39 and other gear for use filming his fascinating and highly recommended “New Lives in the Wild” TV series in which he travels to meet and live with people establishing new lives in remote locations all around the globe (details in our blog post here).
We specially modified the pack for Ben’s specific global travel needs, removing the external metal frame to make it more compact for general travel use without the frame snagging on things.
We do the necessary frame removal adaptations (it’s not a simple removal as the frame is integral to the rucksack and straps) on request where customers would like the pack without it’s metal frame – please contact us for details or leave a note with your order if required.