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As college freshman Joel Sheetz stood in line at the university book store, he realized it was time to retire the old backpack that had served him well in high school. For one thing, he was going to have to carry a lot more books, plus his laptop, not to mention some extra clothes and of course some snacks and energy drinks. But looking around at the crowd of preppies, hipsters and hippies, he realized he was going to have find a bag that you couldn't find at Target. Something that said, "Joel Sheetz...rugged individualist...ready for adventure...ready to tackle the world." He shared his dilemma with fellow student and good friend, Riley who was standing in line behind him.

"Dude, go to the Lemming." Riley said.

"What? The Lemming?"

"Yeah dude, you need to checkout LeapingLemming.com. They've got some sweet vintage rucksacks, military bags, jackets and stuff like that." Riley responded as he slurped the last of the foam from his mocha latté.

Joel thumbed in the url on his I-phone and within minutes, he found just what he needed--a former U.S. Forest Service rucksack that screamed, "JOEL SHEETZ". He finished placing his order with the Lemming just as he stepped up to the register to pay for his books.

Joel turned back to Riley, "Dude, you were right, I guess I'm a lemming now."

"Joel, we're all lemmings in this college bookstore line, you're a Leaping Lemming...that's something different altogether." The oft philosophical Riley responded.


Here's a one-of-kind, former U.S. Forest Service rucksack that is replete with distressed charm but still sturdy enough to haul books, laptop and gear around campus or on your trek into the woods. This massive, expandable pack measures out at 18" (46cm) high 12" (30.5cm) wide and to 10" (26cm) deep, giving you plenty of room to haul books and even a 17" laptop. The bag is made out of heavy-duty olive drab canvas with webbed canvas cinch straps on the outer flap. The shoulder straps are made of heavy-duty 2" wide webbed fabric as well. Inside the pack you'll find a 7" (18cm) wide pocket big enough to fit a large water bottle or whatever else you'd like to stuff in there plus a tie strap to secure the inside top. We think this pack is from the 1970's.

This vintage pack is well used with a wonderful distressed look to it. It has some fabric fading, some light stains and some worn spots but don't be fooled, it has plenty of life left in it. The shoulder straps are secure and all the straps and hardware (no rust) are in great shape. There are a few small holes on the bottom of the pack--you could patch them but we think they look kind of cool as they are. The outside flap has "#6" in faded black ink just above the "FSS" (Federal Supply Service) stamp. It has no tobacco, mothball or other foul odors.

Distressed Canvas U.S. Forest Service Backpack - Rucksack "Unique Heavy Hauler"