The perfect Carry-On Bag? Reviewing the Slicks Travel Backpack // TECH TALK

The perfect Carry-On Bag? Reviewing the Slicks Travel Backpack // TECH TALK

A lot of organisational features, lots of room for a short trip, carry on size and even special compartments for a suit and dress shirts. Is this the perfect Carry-On Backpack?

This bag will be on Kickstarter at the end of January.

This video review is featured on http://www.carryology.com where you can also find a written review.
Video Rating: / 5

Savotta Jääkäri Backpack - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Savotta Jääkäri Backpack, straight from Finland!

Link : https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/savotta-jaakari-backpack/33028
Price : 1.89
Shipping to the US:
Weight : Weight roughly 2 kg (4.5lbs)

Varusteleka – I asked the company directly how to pronounce this and they said that it was difficult even for them to say it. haha According to them they have an American customer who said ‘where’s the liquor’ and now it’s a running joke. The truth is, it does sound like that. Var-nose-the-liquor

Finnish outdoor/military surplus supplier
They do have a physical store in Helsinki…one day I would love to see it!

This site accepts orders from around the world and is literally top notch. Also they have a bit of sense of humor which you will find on their site. I personally like this a lot. They don’t know this but I did a bit of research about them once they contacted me to see what sort of reputation that they had and I was immediately impressed with what I learned. I contact Savotta, the makers of this pack and told them that I was from the US and that I was interested in some of their products. They recommended Varusteleka.

They are highly regarded and review on the net.

Easy returns so if you have issues, varusteleka is there to make things right.

They can process and ship all over the world. When you go to the site, on the top right you will see a link that says country, click that, click your country and the prices will adjust so if you are from the US, you will see the price in USD.

They can process CC payments and in the future paypal will be accepted.

The “Jääkäri” (Jaeger, traditional prussian name for fighting infantrymen and a title still proudly used in the Finnish military) is based on Savotta’s famous “Kevyt Rajapartio” (Light Border Patrol, a daypack developed in the late 90’s for our border troops), but just like the Modular LJK was a step up from the original LJK so is the Jaeger a step up the evolutionary ladder from the Light Border Patrol. The basic starting point is still the same, a narrow, medium sized pack that doesn’t interfere with movement in tight spaces or heavy woodlands.

The main changes include the swapping of all old metal buckles for quality ITW Nexus Delrin plastic buckles, the addition of PALS webbing to all sides of the back and deleting ye olde thermos flask holder for a modern hydration bladder pouch. On top of that the updated lid and strap construction makes overpacking and compression far better than before. The end result is a high quality modern daypack that performs equally well in daily urban use as it does on 24-48h or longer hikes and missions.


Dimensions approx 55 x 27 x 20 cm, volume roughly 30 litres (not counting overpacking). Weight roughly 2 kg.
Large main compartment, covered by a tightly shaped flap and waterproof drawcord collar.

Attachment points for utility straps on the bottom. Excellent place to lash a sleeping mat or bag to.

Hydration bladder mesh pouch on the inside against the back. Fits a Source WLPS bladder perfectly.

Hydration tube or antenna ports on both sides of the top of the pack.


The fabric is the same PUR coated waterproof and extremely tough MILSPEC 1000D Cordura used to make Finnish military M05 gear! All hardware is military grade too, the buckles are made by ITW Nexus and zippers by Kroko of Belgium. The materials, construction and attention to detail are all top-notch!

Made by Finn-Savotta Oy, made in Finland

This is the real Savotta stuff right here, made right here in Finland!

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  1. Reply
    Bo Ismono June 23, 2016 at 19:33

    +sunderingpants Thank you very much.

    I totally agree with you. Moreover, Even if a product is good, I think that it is more important to mention the cons of a product in a review. Because for me it is easier to decide if I can live with those cons or not, and then make a purchase decision. Especially with these expensive bags as a buyer it takes alot of time to figure out if this is the right product for you or not.

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    Aadityavikram Singh June 23, 2016 at 19:38

    Hey could you suggest a backpack to carry to work? I'll need space for a 15" laptop, lunch, water bottle, umbrella and some space for documents. And it should have international shipping since I don't stay in US. Thanks!

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    Iron Backpacker June 23, 2016 at 19:44

    Hallo Bo Ismono, ich kann mich einfach nicht entscheiden und benötige deinen wertvolle Hilfe 🙂 ! Aer Travel Bag (aktuell auf Kickstarter) oder Slicks Travel Bag? Als Student brauche ich so schnell wie möglich einen neuen, qualitativen und ebenso praktischen Rucksack mit 30 l Volumen für 2-3 Tage (Klamotten, Laufschuhe) Ausflüge/Städtetrips; ebenso Platz für Laptop/Tablet, Bücher, Kopfhörer und Schreibzeug…der Schutz muss ebenso gegeben sein! Des Weiteren darf der Tragekomfort nicht unter dem Volumen leiden!…

    PS: Über die Rezension für den Aer Travel warte ich auch noch 😉

    Danke dir schonmal im Voraus und Beste Grüße aus Münster 🙂 Ali

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    max Jarene Cilik June 23, 2016 at 20:40

    +Bo Ismono what best backpack for skateboard

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    0ZinX0 June 23, 2016 at 21:04

    Quick question, does the Slicks stand by itself?? Does it still stand if half full or even empty? Really thinking about this one or perhaps the Aer Travel Pack currently on Kickstarter – any chance u might get one of those to review??
    Big thx for your vids, keep it up!
    Grüße aus Berlin ;)

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    jerry stewart June 23, 2016 at 21:50

    omg couldn't believe what a bag greatest of all

  7. Reply
    Karolin A. June 23, 2016 at 22:34

    Man hört direkt dass du aus Deutschland kommst :D

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    Jason Powell June 23, 2016 at 23:33

    Hair driers are available in most motels. Shirts etc, can be rolled up as most motel rooms also come with an iron. I'd say, think ahead, most of my army career was travelling around my country and overseas for R and R or for work, but I always knew what I needed and how long I was going for eg, if I was going for a two day conference I'd pack all the necessary items including my conference material neat and tidily in to one or two bags. I'm not a big fan of back packs and find them cumbersome especially when it comes to long haul trips I.e overseas trips, so they were mainly used for carry on, luggage bags for larger items etc. Hope this helps

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    Dominik Schulz June 23, 2016 at 23:36

    Wie findest du des prvke pack von wndrd?

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    spicecrop June 23, 2016 at 23:41

    I don't need gay shit like "love your journey" stamped into the fabric. What the hell is that? I stopped using Nalgene bottles when the started printing "every day" on the bottles. I don't need your little catch phrases on my stuff. McDonalds can print that crap on their paper bags but that is about as much as "i'm lovin it". Freaking stupid. I wouldn't buy it for that reason alone. plus the whole space is wasted on their little packing system.

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    spicecrop June 23, 2016 at 23:44

    I don't need gay shit like "love your journey" stamped into the fabric. What the hell is that? I stopped using Nalgene bottles when the started printing "every day" on the bottles. I don't need your little catch phrases on my stuff. McDonalds can print that crap on their paper bags but that is about as much as "i'm lovin it". Freaking stupid. I wouldn't buy it for that reason alone. plus the whole space is wasted on their little packing system.

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    Sergey Kornev June 24, 2016 at 00:29

    Love your style! Keep up the good work!

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    Edgar Barrera June 24, 2016 at 00:44

    Great Content. Question, May I ask what brand is that wristwatch on your left hand thanks??

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    tomdahm June 24, 2016 at 01:20

    Looks like a great weekend bag. Any long term travel is out of the question.

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    Daniel Florez June 24, 2016 at 01:48

    Awesome review, came across you in search of reviews for the GoRuck GR1. Now after watching both and seeing that you had a ruck pouch for this review, do you prefer this one over the GR1? Thanks! @Bo Ismono

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    Wahyu Wiyono June 24, 2016 at 02:05

    Where i can buy this bag?

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    tigress63 June 24, 2016 at 02:51

    I like that…Asian Guy with a German accent 😉 at over $300 USD that is an expensive bag and it seems to be made of regular canvas with few security options. I ended up purchasing a pacsafe on sale for about $120 Cdn and it has a variety of anti-theft features – I was able to get some inexpensive packing cubes (ali express) to work with my other travel stuff I have.

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    carlos duarte June 24, 2016 at 03:31

    this guy is like everyrace

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    Chompy Rocks June 24, 2016 at 03:47

    Can i use a jansport bag?

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    White heterosexual male June 24, 2016 at 04:07

    The recruitment of the Jäger volunteers from the Grand Duchy of Finland was clandestine and dominated by Germany-influenced circles, such as university students and the Finnish upper middle class. The recruitment was however in no way exclusive.[citation needed] In all, over 1,100 volunteers are estimated to have "slipped off" to train in Germany.[1]

    The recruits were transported across Finland's western border via Sweden to Germany, where they were formed into the Royal Prussian 27th Jäger Battalion. The Jäger Battalion fought in the ranks of the German Army from 1916 in the battles on the northern flank of the eastern front.

    After the outbreak of the Civil War in Finland the Jägers were engaged on the "White" (non-communist) side in the war and formed the nucleus of the new Finnish Army. In Finland, these 2,000 volunteers were simply called The Jägers (Finnish pl. Jääkärit).

    Their contribution to the White victory was crucial, not least through improving morale. Educated as elite troops they were also fit to assume command as officers over the untrained troops of the Civil War.

    Immediately after the Civil War, they were given the right to use the word Jäger in their military ranks. Many of the Jägers continued their military careers. In the 1920s a long feud between officers with Jäger-background and Finnish officers who had served in the Russian Imperial army was concluded in favor of the Jägers: Most of the commanders of army corps, divisions, and regiments in the Winter War were Jägers. The Jäger March composed by Jean Sibelius for the words written by Jäger Heikki Nurmio, was the honorary march of many army detachments.

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    panzerabwerkanone June 24, 2016 at 04:23

    I don't think they had water bottles in mind for the side pockets.  It is too keep the lashed on gear from dropping down.  I would mount water bottle/canteen carriers to the belt anyway.

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    ChrisC30 June 24, 2016 at 04:43

    This pack looks very much like an Eberlestock Gunslinger (the earlier model) but without the rifle sleeve. Excellent find, Luke! :-)

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    Dan Ney June 24, 2016 at 05:38

    Seems to be an interesting pack, I will check it out!By the way, do you still use the Fjällraven Kajka?Thank you for sharing your videos and take care!

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    Opal Preston Shirley June 24, 2016 at 06:27

    Doing great bud. Love to dump some of this heat though. Just picked up a Russian Army 6SH112 30L Assualt patrol pack. Got to go light with it. Take care bro.

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    Steakslim June 24, 2016 at 06:57

    jääkäri is the Vulcan god of sportswear

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    Jo Do June 24, 2016 at 07:53

    Luke, I hate to tell you but you were way off with the pronunciation! But there is no shame in that. You would have to be born and bred in Finland to get your tongue around that language 😉 The key is staccato but that will only take you so far….

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    Msilverhammer June 24, 2016 at 08:01

    Well, it seems to be sold out, but I was wondering if it included a rain cover?

    Looks real good in any event!

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    Bruce Basil June 24, 2016 at 08:11

    jaeger means hunter

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    Moe Simir June 24, 2016 at 08:29

    thats both the same jääkri and Jaeger. It means hunter. Well, my guess.

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    STEVE MUELLER June 24, 2016 at 09:05

    Sweet pack, I like the slender size of it.  Still lots of room.  On my wish list

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    Andyb2379 June 24, 2016 at 09:55

    £133 – yeah right. Another pack that cost over the odds.

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    Jackie Breckinridge June 24, 2016 at 10:12

    Luke I wish you would find a pack manufacturer that makes a pack for us torso tall guys. I need a pack that fits a 25 inch torso. ANY help would be great. If I'm out of luck I need to know that. Other than a custom pack from Mystery Ranch at $600 I have yet to find one. Can you help me?

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    RViscara June 24, 2016 at 10:13

    I actually really like this pack. Those Finland and Norwegian people know how to make outdoor gear. I had to chuckle when you say "plenty of strappedge" as your eating to much cabbage…. Is that your dirty underwear I see @4:40 Luke? Shame on you….

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    Sean Miller June 24, 2016 at 10:23

    Jaeger (Pronounced YAY-ger) is German for Hunter
    Jaegermeister is STRONG liquor, "Hunter's Liquor"
    Jaegerschnitzel is Schnitzel with a brown mushroom gravy/sauce, "Hunter's Schnitzel"
    You can hear it pronounced in Pacific Rim, since that is what they called the Giant Robots, "Hunters"

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    Opal Preston Shirley June 24, 2016 at 10:59

    A good looking pack. It's great that they take international orders, I've found a few that won't. Still liking that knife. atb Luke

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    Alternative Ars June 24, 2016 at 11:46

    Dear friends read George Wamser's comment below.He's got it right!

  37. Reply
    Sandro Silva June 24, 2016 at 12:10

    Why don't you have at least 1,000,000 subscribers

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    D4rkLocus June 24, 2016 at 12:25

    im sorry to do a little ad here but i really like this yter. he has his own backpack now and if you buy it now you get %. maybe its someghingyou are intrested in since you collect gear 🙂
    greetings from austria :)

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    Park James June 24, 2016 at 12:42

    is this pack waterproof? it looks like that?

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