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grizzly bear 336
05-21-2014, 01:22
I just got a canvas backpack from Duluth trading company and was wondering if anyone else like to use an old style canvas backpack.

Rocket Jones
05-21-2014, 05:58
Cool for nostalgia purposes, but probably way too heavy for a long hike. IIRC, my old canvas pack wasn't treated (or the waterproofing wore off) and the beast was a sponge when it got wet.

warld piece
05-21-2014, 08:44
I use a bark pack, 7 lbs. Waterproofed with custom rain cover as well as just cutting a poncho slit in my tents ground tarp to cover me and pack in rain. Use what you want and be creative in coming up with solutions, be sure to test it out before heading out for long trip. I used old external frame 14 years ago and just used 6 mil with ductape at sewing points to custom fit a rain cover. Good luck

05-21-2014, 08:45
Frankly, those Duluth packs are even too heavy for the purpose they were built for: canoeing. I went to an REI session on canoeing the Boundary Waters and while everyone talked about the difficulty of portaging no one was really interested in lighter approaches.