MAD-13 - Waxed Canvas - Rolltop Rucksack - Jack Stillman


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MAD-13 Rolltop Rucksack


That's the philosophy behind this bag. The MAD-13 is made to look, feel and serve like the time-honoured infantry bags of the early 20th century. It's made to be tough and practical and the choice of materials is very deliberate. In WW1 and WW2, waxed cotton canvas, leather and old metals were the extent of military tech when it came to packs and protective gear. Velcro and plastic buckles and clips weren't available. Sensible design and traditional hardware were deployed on the front lines to keep soldiers gear secure and dry. Your MAD-13 will look like a veteran too once it's been worn in. Keep the canvas waxed and the leather soft as the brass seasons to a brown patina. 


The MAD-13 is a medium-sized rolltop backpack. The term rolltop refers to the fact that the top of the bag is rolled (or folded) closed in order to make a tight, water-resistant seal. Regular backpacks have a folding flap that covers the main compartment. The main material is beeswaxed cotton canvas with a 16oz weight. That's probably the heaviest you will find anywhere in the world. Waxed cotton resists water whilst still allowing the interior of the bag to breathe.

The MAD-13 is suited to motorcycle commuters and day travellers who are looking for a rugged design that exudes confidence. With an extra-wide shoulder harness it suits a variety of wearers it’s neither too big nor too small. The full-length, YKK luggage-grade zip means that in a pinch, you can fill the main compartment right to the top. 

There are only two verticle corners to the MAD-13. These are on the back. The main compartment is a single tube that wraps the pack making it more durable and water-resistant. 


  • Australian designed  and owned,made by our team in Vietnam
  • Dimensions: 28cm x 12cm x 40cm (62cm full open)
  • 20-29 (open) Litres
  • Can fit laptops and tablets up to 26 x 36cm
  • Weight 1.1kg
  • Handmade from old fashioned materials
  • Rolltop design to keep contents protected from weather and dirt.
  • Double external YKK zippers
  • Internal organisation pockets
  • Reinforced 100% leather top handle
  • Genuine leather lashing squares on the base (belts and other accessories not included)
  • Woven-In tough YKK zipper
  • We use 16oz heavy beeswaxed cotton canvas that can be re-waxed using Granddad Jack's Sack Wax to maintain water repellency and fabric durability. It's old fashioned and it works!
  • REAL Solid brass hardware
  • All leather is 100% Vegetable tanned and hand-stained and burnished.


We make small batches of our own bags in-house. So we are very confident in how they are put together and the materials we carefully source. This bag comes with a 10-year warranty covering failures in materials and workmanship. Please read here for more information.