Why they would call the ST lätt that way is a mystery to me, since it does in no way resemble the original ST. I also found info suggesting this pack was intended for the flygvapnet or airforce.
The third one actually is a LK35, recently purchased by me as part of a package deal.
I'll do a multi-part review/presentation of the packs, starting with the original ST, then the ST lätt and finally the LK35. Too bad I do not have a LK70 to complete the list.....
|ST, ST lätt and LK35|
Weight: 2,75 kgs
Material: Canvas with webbing straps and belts. Leather top. Thin, wirelike steel frame.
As I mentioned in part 1 I have no idea why they (assumably) called this one the ST lätt, since it in no way resembles the ST. This is a completely different pack, both in size and design!
First of all it is a lot smaller, secondly it has no external pockets, thirdly it has a completely different frame.... well, you get the picture.
As said the size is the first thing that is different. A lot smaller than the ST and is said to hold 35 liters. This would make it more of a daypack instead of a multiday pack. The pack itself is made out of canvas and all the belts and straps are made out of webbing; coarsely woven cotton, like the ww2 British material, also used a lot after that era. Right up into the late 80's in the Dutch army actually. Absolute bombproof, but maybe not the smartest choice in a cold climate. If it gets wet and then cold it handles as plywood. Not something you'd want, when out in the field. Fumbling around with the metal fittings under cold conditions is no fun either, be that with clumsy gloves or bare fingers.
pros: Sturdy materials and bombproof. Multiple compartments to keep your small stuff sorted. Additional straps at the bottom for holding something like a poncho, coat or shelter part. Easily adjustable belts and straps.
Cons: Highly visible metal caps and buckles. No rain/waterproof materials on top nor bottom. Metal zippers.