(via Väska Gasmask M9 Finland SA - Finland - ÖVRIGA VÄRLDEN - Desertrat.se)
solipsism replied to my earlier gearsturbation/bagsturbation post with “You realise I must ask about the bag… details?”
This is the Finnish Army M9 gas mask bag. I’ve seen these go for $10 with gas mask in the US. At the above link, to a Swedish surplus shop, a bag like mine can be bought for 29 Swedish kronor. That’s about four bucks fifty or three Euros.
These are made from tough canvas and seem very robust. I’ve never bothered with treating the canvas for water protection, but it would probably take getting caught out in a monumental downpour for this thing to get soaked through. There aren’t many negatives I can think of, but the strap is a bit thin if you really stuff them full. One could modify it with some shoulder pad if one wants to stuff them to capacity with heavy gear.
The two snaps mean it stays securely closed, yet can be quickly and easily opened. There are three pockets on the inside front for smaller items. I usually put my camera inside a fleece hat just so that other stuff in the bag doesn’t scrape against it.
One neat feature I’d like to mention is that the shoulder strap is detachable at the front. If you’re a decrepit old man like me, you might appreciate that. Instead of lifting this thing over your head, you just detach the strap be able to put the bag down. Attaching the strap is quick and easy just like detaching it.
I could go on and on about how great this bag is, but let’s finish singing its praises by saying that I’d still think it would be a bargain for $50.
The only problem I really have with this bag is that organizing a bigger kit can be a bit of a bother. Just piling stuff in isn’t very handy for being able to quickly access it. I toy with the idea of building an insert for it. The basic building block of it would be an iPad sleeve (yes, the larger types of iPads fit nicely into this bag), to which I could attach semi-rigid compartments for putting camera gear in. Like one compartment for my E-M5 camera, one for a flashgun and another for a couple of compact lenses.
Anybody like this idea and has some fundamental knowledge about how to make such a thing, please drop me a line.