Savotta Jaakari XL (New Version)
The latest and greatest Large backpack from Legendary Finnish pack makers Savotta. This model has been designed with every improvment Savotta could come up with and its the Finnish Para's pack of choice.
The 70L capacity is highly flexible and the excellent LJK frame is superb at load distribution, ton of features (see below) the essence of this pack is toughness (1000D Cordura!) flexibility, accessabiliy and ultimately, plain old load carrying.
Its one of the best packs you can buy, and many say probably the best large Pack in the World....and yes, made in Europe!
The carrying system is based on the venerable LJK paratrooper pack frame, an external frame made from aluminium tubing, and offers a very wide height adjustment range for a perfect fit. This pack is designed to carry extremely heavy loads, just like its military predecessors have been doing since the early 1980s.
Roll top on the top, zipper on the bottom and a cinch cord divider inside allow you to use the main pack bag in any which way you please. By opening up the divider the main bag is turned into one huge cavernous space, allowing you to pack very large and long items. The bottom zipper offers quick access to whatever gear you need most during the day whilst the roll top guarantees weatherproof protection for the bulk of your gear.
The bottom zipper compartment features interior elastic compression straps and four small mesh pockets for organizing your gear. A zippered pocket inside the lid offers safe storage for your wallet, keys, travel documents and phone.
The roll top closure, floating lid and side compression straps offer a wide range of adjustability to the volume of the pack. Strap it down tight or loosen it up depending on the carried load. The compression straps allow for further gear to be attached on the outside of the pack if necessary. External side pouches on the bottom can be used to secure tools, tripods etc. strapped to the sides of the pack.
A hydration compartment is attached to the interior back wall. Tube ports on both sides allow you to route your hydration bladder tube from the left or right, while leaving the other port free for other uses such as antennas or cables.
PALS webbing on the hip belt, sides, lid and bottom of the pack allow you to attach additional pouches and gear. This system offers numerous options for configuring the pack to suit your specific needs. Not only for pouches though, the PALS webbing can also be used to attach utility straps, shock cord, carabiners etc.
The hip belt can be removed from the frame for use as a stand-alone equipment belt. With suitable pouches attached you could use this instead of, or in conjunction with, a small daypack.
Height adjustable carrying system
When carrying heavy backpacks over long distances it is extremely important that your pack fits just right. The length adjustable hip belt and shoulder harness can both be moved up and down the frame to fit 160-200 cm tall users. The external LJK tubular aluminium frame keeps the pack from sagging and transfers the pack weight onto your hips even when loaded down with heavy and cumbersome cargo.
Both the shoulder harness and hip belt are generously padded with thermoformed closed cell foam padding. The shoulder harness is S-shaped and includes a removable sternum strap. The forward pull adjustment on the hip belt is easy to tighten even under load. The side release buckle offers quick and easy opening when needed.
The tall LJK frame offers good load lifting capabilities. Load lifters are attached between the top of the frame and the shoulder harness, these provide quick and easy adjustment of the balance point. Use these to switch the balance of the pack when traversing varying terrain or just to rest your hips or shoulders while on the move.
LJK external frame
The LJK frame was originally designed by Savotta in the early 80’s for the Finnish Defence Forces paratroopers as a part of the LJK backpack. It has since been adapted for various other uses and backpack models and is still going strong today. Besides the Finnish military we too still use it as the basis for some of our commercial external frame backpacks.
Made from lightweight, high strength aluminium tubing. Each LJK frame is precision welded by hand at our in-house metal workshop in Karstula, Finland.