Properly tested on a trip to the Arctic Circle this is a tough, waterproof rucksack with loads of room for all your kit yet with the padded leather straps it’s still a comfort to wear.
The main body is thick, waxed canvas originating from former tents with three external pockets on the front. Two of the pockets are made from the same tough canvas (waxed for waterproof) with velcro fasterners and the central pocket is made from mesh used in paragliding harnesses so again tough as you like but enables you to put bottles or wet gear in away from your other kit.
There are many webbing loops to tie down your sleeping kit, tents or clothing: four on the leather base of the main body and four with brass rings on the top leather flap. This top flap has a brass zipped pocket with weather protective guard and lined in canvas. Inside is a massive zipped pocket which can be used to insert seating mats to further pad the rucksack’s back plus an open leather divider for other kit such as binoculars.
Brass rings on the shoulder straps give the option of a sternum strap to be used and the rucksack is closed with a drawstring and the top leather flap is secured with brass shackles.
Made to order these unique rucksacks are just £200 for something very special and very durable.
A recent trip in blizzard conditions to the summit of Mount Fløya at 70 degrees north in the Arctic Circle proved that the combination of traditional fabrics and high quality craftsmanship are up to any task. On this trip I was glad I chose handmade in England over mass produced in China.