Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Swiss Salt and Pepper Rucksack.

Used from the mid 50's to the late 60's this pack is absolutely bombproof. Solid leather construction, with unique "salt and pepper" coloured canvas that is so thick and tight it makes Duluth, Frost River, and even Filson seem like cheese cloth. The leather is about 6-7oz. tooling leather and tough aluminum hardware. This pack has two closures the main draw string, but being used in a snowy region there is a thinner canvas closer inside, that a string wraps around to keep completely sealed. Classically styled, they are getting harder to come by. They used to be cheap like $20, now typically $100 and up. Perfectly sized for a weekend away, and I guarantee* it'll last a lifetime of any abuse you can bestow on to it.

* not a actual guarantee!

[images via etsy & The Noisy West]


  1. great post. Im lucky a lot of them on ebay Germany - but we are close to Switzerland so it seems a lot of these backbacks are still around.

  2. Hello Chris, I got one ! ;-) check the images here:

  3. I just purchased a rucksack at a wooden canoe event in Canada. The leather patch on the back has "G. Eggiman Wyssaghen 67" etched on the back. Do you have any information about this item?

  4. Hi,
    I got this kind of backpack from a local supplier from here-Switzerland. It seems to me that he still have plenty of other similar backpacks laying around.
    If anyone is interested let me know(

    1. Hi,
      I'm kinda interested but if you don't mind, perhaps you could take a few shots of what's available so that I might get an idea what it's like? You could send those pics to

      Thanks much!

  5. I have 2 of these and am selling them for 125 each if anyone is interested.