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The Re-Purpose Driven Series:

Limited editions of the original Kit Rucksack design, hand crafted from selected surplus materials. First come, first serve.

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This latest instalment to the Re-Purpose Driven Series is in response to a German surplus ‘Strichtarn’ camouflage ground sheet. A pattern also known as ‘rain camo’ for the vertical, spaced lines that look like falling rain. Originally developed in the 1960s in East Germany, this unique design has been used across many central European countries up until the 1990s in applications such as uniform, shelters and equipment.

This particular surplus groundsheet has been a part of the workshop collection for a couple of years, waiting patiently for the right design to celebrate it’s illustrative pattern and practical history. This opportunity finally revealed itself in a clamshell version of the Kit Rucksack, developed as a multi-functional and multi-access pack for travel. Combined with British waxed canvas, army surplus hardware and vegetable tanned leather, this unique pack has many exciting features…


The beauty of predominantly building custom packs to order is that we’re constantly challenged with new functional ideas. Recently the demand for a front opening on the Kit Rucksack has become a popular request, particularly for photographers and travelling professionals that need more packing visibility. The original roll top design is great for volume adjustment but, despite the usual side access zips, it can be limiting for larger carry items. The solution is a roll-top/clamshell combination. Keeping the roll-top for longer trips and heavier loads but with the option of a suitcase-like function to maximise the ease of packing.

Inspired by our customers, this limited edition rucksack utilises this function, complete with an interior zipped pocket. The result: The ultimate travel Kit Rucksack.

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  • x2 front pockets

  • Clamshell front zipped opening

  • x1 zipped interior pocket

  • Compression straps

  • Carry loops

  • Outside access laptop sleeve

  • Adjustable roll top closure

  • Padded/ergonomic back panel

  • Padded/adjustable shoulder straps

  • Stand-alone base

  • Carry handle


  • Re-appropriated German Strichtarn canvas groundsheet

  • British waxed canvas

  • Army surplus hardware

  • Military spec nylon webbing

  • Military spec acetate buckles

  • Vegetable tanned leather

  • YKK zips

  • Wax treatment

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This limited edition Kit Rucksack has been sold. Watch this space for the next edition of the R-PD Series…

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