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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 military bags, jackets and stuff." 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 Czechoslovakian Army 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.


Well even though Joel scored one, the Lemming still has a few more of these super cool ex-Czech army rucksacks from the 1970s ready for repurpose as a civilian backpacks or book bags. This pack has been perfectly broken in with some light distressing that give it a unique look. It is made of heavy-duty olive drab cotton canvas. It is 18" (46cm) X 18" (46cm), expanding to over 5" (13cm) with two large 7" (18cm) X 7" (18cm) outside pockets. Inside the pack you'll find a divider creating two sections of cavernous space to store your laptop, books, clothes, etc. The bag closes with a drawstring while the top flap and two exterior pockets are secured by cinch straps. There are also lots of D rings and loops to latch on extra stuff. The shoulder straps feature a heavy-duty leather handle and adjustable straps.

NOTE- We have several of these bags, the bag you receive will be identical in configuration as the photos but will may vary slightly in color as each bag is unique in fabric fading, military markings, etc.

This rucksack is in good vintage condition, sturdy and well built for more years of service. We found no rips or holes or other major issues but you may notice some light stains and some small rust spots on the hardware.

Vintage Army Surplus Backpack - Rucksack - Canvas and Leather - Nicely Broken In


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: cotton canvas, leather
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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