Everyone knows a backpack when they see it, but what about a rucksack? The word Rucksack is derived from German and means “back bag.” So what’s the difference? Usually the rucksack has a bit more heft to it, sometimes with a roll-down top or straps for carrying your sleeping bag. So, while some of these might look like backpacks, they are defined by their manufacturers as rucksacks. Is that clear?
Anyway, here’s a nice collection of American-made rucksacks and backpacks that will have you toting your stuff in style.
This beautiful leather rucksack by Loyal Stricklin has a pocket for one of my favorite tools, an axe (not included).
Made from a synthetic material called Cordura, the
Topo Designs Rover Pack comes in a variety of colors and is made in Colorado.The Mega-Megaton backpack from Brooklyn Industries is made of Cordura and waxed sailcloth.
Made from cotton twill and bridle leather is this great-looking rucksack by Filson.
Every time I see the Goruck name I just envision a tough durable product and this Rucksack is guaranteed for life.
The Redoxx Rail King generates a great image of riding the rails on some great adventure.
Veteran owned and made in the USA, these canvas rucksacks from Cross Canvas can also be customized.
The Minnesota Special from Alder Stream Canvas is made in Kingfield, Maine.
This rucksack from Garrett Wade features waxed cotton twill, Horween leather and solid brass hardware.
With a slightly more modern flair, the Dsptch Ruckpack still offers all the normal and crucial features you need in a pack.
Made from ballistic nylon and chromexal leather, the Altadena Works rucksack can have pockets easily added to it to expand its carrying capacity.
This weatherproof rucksack is from Mission Workshop and it comes with a lifetime warranty.
From Goods of Record comes this beautiful rucksack made by Riegel Goods. It is handmade by Nathan Smith, who is featured in the header photo hard at work.