Trying to find old style canvas rucksack

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  1. Octavian

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    Hey guys, I've been beating my head over this, I currently have a 40L pack for my three dayers, but I'm trying to find a canvas rucksack similar or even the same as the Coleman Rucksacks, Scrambled O uses one I like but I can't find one for either around $40-$60 or one that I am confident will last for a long long time (I know taking care of your gear will be most the battle on this). Looking for a ruck that does double duty as a day pack and overnighter. Any help would be appreciated!
     
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    Like this? IMG_20170314_140821.jpg
     
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    $40 to $60 for a quality canvas rucksack is a little restrictive as far as I know. Milsurp is probably your best option in that price range.
     
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  6. Octavian

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    Pretty much what I'm wanting, large main compartment, with two small ones on outside, I know i've just described eveything out there lol, guess I'm waiting for something to jump out at me.
     
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    They make a waxed canvas version but it'll cost ya.
     
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    Swedish LK35 is a good pack, run ya about $40.

    I got a Fjallraven Rucksack 21 for $60 off eBay and love it. I was looking for exactly what you're describing and I'm not disappointed. Scrambled O used one of these for awhile.
     
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    Wow, just ran across an old #190 rucksack wfs from the scouts, this thing is cool as shit! Does anyone know of these and if they would fit my 5'9" frame 240lbs? I have a large chest so not sure if this being an old scout pack if it would fit me.
     
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  12. Octavian

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    hmmm
     

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    last i watched one of scrambledo's vids he has a frost river..
     
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    ya I was using his bag as a reference, just the style I like, but no worries I just bought that #190 bag, hope it holds up and fits or else ill be doing some trades lol.
     
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    I'm looking to sell it actually
     
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    IMG_5371.JPG Every once in awhile, you can find a nice canvas German/NATO ruck on eBay for anywhere from $25+shipping to $100 "because I have one and you don't". They're scarce, and fake "Nato-Style" ones abound... but I've managed to pick up two over the years. This is one of them. It now lives in NY and is my "food/kitchen" pack for canoe trips up there. My other is similar, but a weird shade of subdued blue/green (I think it was German AF) and I got it almost brand new.

    There are two types of straps that come with these. One is designed to be worn with a pistol belt and ammo pouches, replicating the normal German Y-straps. The other is worn as a pack by itself. I prefer the pistol belt version with the additional straps cut off, because the shoulder straps come off the same central ring (like the Y straps). The other one has normal straps that come from points about 6" apart... The center ring kind is more comfortable for me. Probably something to do with the angle at which they press on your shoulders (or don't.)
     
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    Why not a Czech M60 rucksack? Swap out the canvas straps for leather, use the better leather y-straps for the shoulder straps and be done with it. Thing goes for like $9. I have two, it's super good for the price and for what it is. Wax it if you want.. one large compartment and two smaller ones on the outside.
     
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    The Czech M60 was what I was going to suggest too.
     
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    You might look at European mil surplus packs.

    I like the Swiss and German ones I have, but the sweedish and many others have also caught my eye.
     
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    Not canvas but I love my Swiss Engineer Ruck.

    I see an Italian canvas ruck that seems to be currently available on many of the surplus sites. it looks similar to the Czech one mentioned earlier in the thread but perhaps a little larger.
     
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    I've been looking for this too. A friend and I have really become enthralled with the golden age of camping. We can find just about anything Pre-1930s in antique shops, but vintage packs are rare. Frost River and Duluth Packs fit the bill, but the bill is a little high.

    I picked up three US army pup tents, and one is a little too damaged for shelter. But I may be able to turn it into a decent knapsack.
     
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    Well it's not high dollar ($10), but it is canvas:

    Czech m60 rucksack http://www.keepshooting.com/czech-m60-rucksack.html

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    I've got one with the leather straps instead of the canvas and once I add a few inches of length (I'm huge, 6'2", 350lbs, broad as an ox, it should fit almost anyone else) it's a nice traditional little pack. I like mine for day use but as it stands the straps are too tight to put much in it.

    M60 leather straps: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Cze...669039?hash=item1c5b8729ef:g:cTQAAOxypthRwxPx

    I also have two Swiss surplus leather blanket straps threaded through the loops on the bottom, lets me hang my wool blankets off the bottom to free up inside space. Here's a pic from my costume test before the last snow, you can only see one side but there's a lot of wool hanging off the bottom there.

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    Missed this post, you beat me to it :)
     
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    Check out the German Alpine Rucksack. I bought a couple from keepshooting.com last year and like them a lot.
     
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    The Trapper Nelson pack,and similar types with the external wood frame may interest you.Check out ebay from time to time.Here's a link to one on ebay for $129.99.I got one off ebay for around $70 in great shape.I use it for all my overnighters.It'll even allow me to place my MSS which I use as my bag during cold weather camping,providing the stuff sack is properly cinched to place the system on top.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-VTG-Al...803873?hash=item3613e1df61:g:AkAAAOSwuhhXVhJC
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    My Trapper Nelson with MSS
     
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    Wow thanks for the link! Think I got what I wanted finally but much appreciated
     
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    Check your Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.
    They get a LOT of camping gear, and some older SCOUT stuff that you might like.
     
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    I love this pack but I can't get around the short straps. I'm thinking that it won't ride well even with the ALICE strap mod for me. (6'4" over here)
     

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