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Pathfinder Rutstrum Gear Cruiser Pack

We've brought back an old favorite! Cal Rutstrum, 'Man of the North' was the first to popularize putting a pack basket in a canvas pack for ease of hauling and durability. Designed for carrying awkward or fragile gear, the pack is built around a 24-inch pack basket.
Made in Olive Drab. All other colors made to order. Basket sold separately.

**Pathfinder products are CUSTOM-MADE TO ORDER. They are made with the Pathfinder logo. They are non-returnable/non-refundable and can take up to 4-6 weeks until you receive your order**
  • Ultra burly 18-ounce canvas construction with double bottom.
  • Durable Leather Shoulder straps with leather sternum strap
  • Large main compartment with built in map pocket and compatibility with 24” basket.
  • Two flap-covered side pockets for quick access to everyday necessities.
  • Rides low to allow the carrying of a canoe while wearing the pack.
  • Comes with a heavy duty 6ml poly liner and a tumpline.
  • Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.
  • SKU: Z-250-PATH

    Availability: In stock

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    Designed for carrying awkward or fragile gear, the pack is built around a 24-inch pack basket. Canvas flap straps cinch the load while an extra-long top flap allows for mounding gear above the basket top. Huge 18" tall side pockets hold plenty of stuff. Slip tent poles or axe behind the side pockets for easy packing and access. Secure with leather side straps which can also serve as lift handles or as an attachment point for your mug. Double bottom, tumpline and leather shoulder straps with sternum strap. Made in USA.

    Technical Specifications

    Item No. S-250 Rutstrum Gear Pack

    • Dimensions: 24H x 22W x 6D + Pockets
    • Capacity: 6,950 cubic inches
    • Construction: 18-ounce canvas, box pack design, double sewn side seams, two side pockets, leather reinforcements for all rivets and high stress seams, top grade roller buckles, double canvas bottom, includes M-215 poly liner, compatible with 24” basket

    History of this Product

    Known primarily for his fifteen books covering such subjects as canoeing, wilderness camping, and nature, famous Northwood’s author Calvin Rutstrum also developed the concept for the ash basket/soft pack combo. This versatile outfit, which we now call the Cruiser Combo, has been popular for years because it not only offers additional protection over other methods of packing but also rides low to avoid catching on branches and shrubs in the heavy woods.

    In addition to his writing and important innovations, Cal Rutstrum, along with other notable conservationists such as Sigurd F. Olson, are also heavily credited with successfully campaigning and winning the late 1940’s precedent-setting battle to ban all airplane traffic over what is today the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.

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    Customer Reviews (1)

    Its big, real bigReview by the kernal
    real big, I was the first to get it made in waxed canvas, I use it for long term camping and motorcycle camping. IT IS BIG (Posted on 1/16/2014)

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    All of our handmade packs and bags are built to last in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Our factory, where we have been building our products since 1911, is home to an extremely talented group of sewers, riveters, and leather craftspeople. Each piece of Duluth Pack gear is painstakingly built by hand with the attention and detail that only a true artisan can provide. We stand behind our work and are proud to offer a lifetime warranty covering all craftsmanship and hardware we use in the construction of our products. Craftsmanship includes our sewing and riveting. Hardware includes all zippers, buckles, D-rings, snaps, and any other parts utilized in the manufacturing of our bags. If at anytime during the life of your Duluth Pack product you have problems in these areas, return the product and it will be repaired free of charge. If the product cannot be repaired due to a defect in craftsmanship or faulty hardware, we will be happy to replace the item at Duluth Pack’s discretion. While your Duluth Pack item is designed to provide you with many years of use, Duluth Pack is not responsible for common wear and tear or misuse of your product and is therefore not covered by our warranty. Of course, damages not covered under warranty can usually be repaired at a minimal cost. We sincerely value your patronage and will always do our absolute best to go the extra mile to ensure that you are happy with every Duluth Pack purchase.