This is a quick post on a few things that can make your Veshmeshok all around a better pack. First though, the references. What is a Veshmeshok?: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/90744-russian-Veschveshok? How to make one in an hour using household materials: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/78914-DIY-Ultralite-Veshmeshok?highlight=veshmeshok I really love this pack, but I had to go through a few things to make it better. The first thing that bothered me was the button. I was constantly having to re-sew it and I'm not really a fan of buttons anyways. So after a few minutes, one surplus S-95 button and a sewing kit I made a strong and durable button for the pack. (A wooden toggle would work just as well) Next, that wonderful little sack that is so great for holding things but requires oh so perfect packing so not to prick you in the back. There is a simple solution! I placed a cutting board lengthwise at the bottom of the pack, this adds some rigidity and protection. I'll frequently put my fleece hat and headnet in front of the board to add some padding. Then that pesky string, the string that closes the Veshmeshok that I really never found a use for. It always got tangled in things and the straps were sufficient enough to keep the sack shut so snip snip. What about rain? It's a simple solution. Have a contractor trashbag and untie you pack straps. Then put the bag over the entire pack and tie the straps over it. Instantly waterproof. The bedroll keeps slipping down and the pack ride too low for me! Here the solution is also simple, and frequently adopted by Soviet troops. Put the straps over the bedroll as the photo below shows and all your worries are fixed! I also recommend tightening up one of the straps at the bottom as with the closure method one side will be naturally longer than the other. But I can't carry waterbottles on my pack! Again, a simple solution. Replace your expensive nalgenes with powerade bottles, then secure the lower straps around the middle of the bottles. Note, this can also be used to secure other items: I hope you Veshmeshok owners can put this information to good use. And I hope this has inspired others to make/buy your own! It's a really wonderful pack.