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The Jääkäri rucksack is an improved model of the modular LJK paratrooper rucksack originally designed for the Finnish Defence Forces. Genuine user experiences have been taken into account in the design of the rucksack and the best of the many ideas have been sewn together to make the Jääkäri. The Jääkäri is more than a normal rucksack. The many details and extensive MOLLE webbing make the rucksack a truly modular and versatile tool. Due to its slim shape, the rucksack is ideal for skiing and hiking in demanding terrain where being able to keep your hands free and available for use is a must. The Jääkäri rucksack is very sturdy to carry thanks to its strong aluminium frame. The support frame holds the Jääkäri firmly in shape and distributes the burden anatomically to your hips so that your back and shoulders are not overstrained even with a large load. With the compression straps of the bag, even a pack that is not full can be tightened so that it sits firmly and does not jiggle around.
The actual bag of the Jääkäri rucksack (dimensions approximately 79 x 38 x 23 cm) has been designed to be slim but still spacious enough to hold the necessary supplies even for a longer hike. The opening of the bag is closed with a drawstring and secured with a waterproof protective collar which enables overpacking as well. The opening also has a compression strap with a quick-release fastener with which the overpacked rucksack can be tied tightly so that nothing jiggles around or falls down. The opening is covered with a flap which hugs the top of the backpack and is secured with straps. The flap has been attached with adjustable straps from both sides. This “floating” flap enables easy overpacking and the protection of the overpacked load. If necessary, the generous length of the straps provides a lot of space under the flap for extra supplies, such as a sleeping bag. Furthermore, there is a very spacious zippered pocket for valuables inside the flap (dimensions approximately 35 x 40 cm).
The bag contains a divider with which it can be divided into top and bottom sections. In the top section inside the bag, there is a mesh pocket which closes with Velcro (dimensions approx. 28 x 35 cm) for a hydration bladder or supplies that need to be kept separate. This pocket will easily hold a contemporary 13.3-inch laptop or any smaller pads and gadgets. On each side on the top of the bag there are protected outlets for the tubes of a hydration bladder or, for example, a cord or aerial.
The contents of the bottom part of the bag can be accessed quickly through a zippered flap (flap dimensions 34 x 34 cm). The zipper has two pullers so the flap can be opened from your preferred spot. The back of the bottom part of the bag has adjustable elastic bands (2 pcs) with quick-release fasteners for tying gear. Additionally, the bottom part flap has four mesh pockets (13 x 13 cm) for storing loose objects and valuables.
With the four compression straps on the sides of the rucksack, the bag can be tightened compactly even if it is not full. The compression straps have been equipped with quick-release fasteners and they can be detached as well as freely adjusted with shortener buckles. There are twin attachment loops on each side of the rucksack for the compression straps at five different heights. That is to say, there are 20 attachment points for compression straps on the rucksack.
Low on the sides there are open pockets with elasticised openings where you can place small supplies or, alternatively, a long tool or a water bottle, the neck of which can be tied firmly in place with a side compression strap. The bottoms of these pockets also have metal rings to remove water from the pocket.
Jääkäri would not be Jääkäri without the modular structure provided by PALS webbing familiarly known as “MOLLE”.
PALS/MOLLE is an attachment system used by the military in almost every country. This attachment system has been created for conditions requiring unconditional modularity and durability.
The very Finnish-sounding MOLLE is an acronym for: Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. PALS, on the other hand, stands for: Pouch Attachment Ladder System.
By applying this technology, the Jääkäri rucksack has been made into a cutting edge modular package. MOLLE webbing can be found on the front, sides, flap and even the bottom of the Jääkäri. With MOLLE, you can attach any pocket compatible with PALS almost anywhere you want on the Jääkäri. By means of suitable pockets, the Jääkäri rucksack can be freely expanded into a multifunctional carrying device with adequate characteristics to meet the needs of even top professionals.
In addition to the modular attachment possibilities, the MOLLE webbing reinforces and stabilises the backpack. One MOLLE loop on the Jääkäri rucksack can bear over 100 kg of weight.
Other attachment points
Long attachment straps run over the upper flap and down halfway the front of the rucksack. Comparably, straps attached to the frame run upwards from the bottom of the rucksack. If necessary, a 25 mm strap dives nicely along the MOLLE webbing and can be lifted to the surface wherever desired. This enables the tying of supplies securely on the front of the backpack without additional detachable straps. The bottom of the backpack has two rows of MOLLE through which the straps can be run. This means that equipment can be tied to the bottom of the backpack as well. Tying to the bottom is an excellent carrying method for rolled sleeping mats, for example.
In the middle of the Jääkäri’s front side and at the bottom of the bag you can find attachment loops (2+2 pcs) for the transport of loose equipment.
It is also possible to fasten items that would not otherwise fit in the backpack behind the side compression straps of the bag. The compression straps have been sized to be long enough to extend over the backpack all the way to the opposite attachment point, if necessary.
The carrying system of the Jääkäri rucksack is the same as the one on the modular LJK rucksack. This carrying system used and tested by the Finnish Defence Forces has been designed for very demanding conditions. The DUR aluminium frame, state-of-the-art ergonomic supportive carrying system and hip belt form a world class package in terms of both durability and comfort. The rucksack does not have an upper curve, allowing travelling with the rucksack even in cramped spaces.
The height and tightness of the supportive carrying system and hip belt can be adjusted continuously, so the rucksack is fully adjustable according to the anatomy and proportions of the user. Furthermore, the supportive carrying system allows the adjustment of shoulder strap width, due to which the rucksack suits different types of people very inclusively.
The wide shoulder straps and hip belt support and distribute the load evenly. The padding pillow fits perfectly against the small of your back and the metal buckle of the hip belt keeps it fastened firmly but can also be undone quickly. The shoulder straps are adjusted with ladder buckles made of Delrin special plastic blend. The buckles have excellent resistance against strain, shock and even the freezing cold. The shoulder straps also have a separate adjustment for the distance of the rucksack’s frame. This adjustment is used according to the terrain and/or when you want to transfer more of the burden to the hips and rest your shoulders.
The chest strap of the shoulder straps holds them securely in place and contributes to the evening out of the load. The length and height of the chest strap can naturally be adjusted.
As a bonus, the shoulder straps have attachment loops for small items.
The top of the rucksack has a carrying handle attached to the frame with which the rucksack can be moved easily when it is not on your back.
External dimensions: height 79 cm, width 38 cm, depth 23 cm.
Bag capacity when the backpack is closed: 70 l.
Overpacking capacity with protective pouch: +10 l.
Capacity of the flap pocket for valuables: 5 l.
Weight: 3.6 kg.
Materials: 1000D Cordura, Delrin special plastic buckles and 8 mm coil zippers.
Frame: DUR aluminium.
Colour: olive green.
Warranty and guarantee
The product has a 10-year guarantee against material and manufacturing defects.
Key Flag product
This Finnish Key Flag product is partly manufactured on our factory in Estonia, however more than 50 % of its work is made in Finland.
There is a story behind this 350 meter rucksack drop video, which we would like to share with you.
You might ask yourself: “Why would you drop a rucksack from a hot air balloon down 350 meters?” Short answer would be: “Well, because it is awesome!”
Longer answer goes something like this: In the 80s we were developing LJK-rucksack for the Finnish paratroopers. At the tests, one paratrooper forgot to attach the LJK-prototype to himself before jumping from a helicopter, so the rucksack freefell for somewhat 200 meters to the ground. When they went to see what happened, they noticed that the rucksack was completely unharmed at the ground. The only thing that was totally in atoms was the soldier’s lunch (Dry bread) inside the rucksack.
Our outside frames are made from extremely tough and light DUR-aluminum and the frame is built in a way that it can take a heavy hit. Anyway we wanted to do little bit of myth busting and recreated drop from a hot air balloon with our Jääkäririnkka. Pretty cool, eh?