Pattern 83 Chest Rig and Rucksack Bundle

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Pattern 83 Chest Rig and Rucksack Bundle

Rated 4.8 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
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I don't usually jump at expensive things on KS...

...But this is a proverbial unicorn, and I missed three chances for such a thing, and this one I was not gonna miss.

As one user said, the zippers are fragile, I had one broken-off zipper handle, nothing some super glue and hobby epoxy can't fix.

As for the size, it's huge. it's like wearing two rucksacks on your back at the same time. Oddly though, it actually wasn't bigger than my french rubberized dry bag, but it's close enough, it weighs lighter, and anything in a similar style would be significantly more expensive than this.

I regret nothing.

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Simple design, easy to pack, sadf gear is the best

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Swell piece of kit

The compartments are all quite spacious, including the one in the flap designed to hold maps, which could actually fit a MRE or two inside of it. The material is coarser and burlier than I was expecting, which is a good thing for a rough and tumble camping ruck, and the side pockets can easily fit several water bottles each. The straps sit comfortably on the shoulders when loaded up, and the caterpillar backing is firm but doesn't dig into your back. Only complaints I have is that if you're not using the sleeping-bag fastener straps, they tend to dangle and flail around, same goes for the generous length of the main back straps when you tighten them up, but this is basically a non-issue. The only lasting worry I have are the zippers, which feel a bit stiff and liable to go off-track. I was in the market for a 60L+ bag, and this fits the bill perfectly, as well as being a rare piece of kommando memorabilia for big LARP points.

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Another solid piece of kit from the SADF

Arrived new and unissued. Not too much long term storage funk. Holds as much ammo as you’d want to hang off your chest, and some useful pockets for accessories. The only criticism I have of the design, is the low mounting of the lower waist/chest strap. It would be better if they’d put it on higher, like the Chinese rigs are made.

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Good Bag

The nylon fabric seems pretty tough, however, the zippers are old and brittle. I won't be surprised if they fail sooner rather than later. It is a good thing none of the zippers are in places where they will be put under stress. The plastic clips on the belts and the back aren't of the highest quality, but they will work.

The hip belt quick release system is very interesting and, due to its lack of flexing parts, I think will suffer little wear with use. On top of the pack is a small pouch for a map and a much larger one running down the length of the entire flap. Plenty of space to store things like compasses and rain gear.

Overall, an interesting collector's item. Is it the most effective rucking pack for the money? Probably not. Does it look cool? Definitely. I intend to use it for it for trekking and will post another review post-trip.

P.S. What are the two loose straps on the top for? I thought from the product photos they would be handles for picking up the bag, but they aren't attached to anything????

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The Loose straps on top can be made into a carry handle, check out Page A52 in the P83 Service Manual (https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2602/7094/files/Pattern_83_Soldier_Manual.pdf?2903).