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#3 Monarch - Canoe Pack

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#3 Monarch - Canoe Pack

8 Review(s)
We have taken our time-tested materials and craftsmanship and combined them with modern innovations to build the ultimate classic canoe pack. Made in Olive Drab or Waxed Canvas. All other colors made to order.

  • Ultra burly 18-ounce canvas construction with removable waist belt.
  • Clip-on sternum strap to help alleviate shifting of shoulder straps.
  • Soft padded leather shoulder straps riveted for extra reinforcement.
  • Large main compartment with three built in slash pockets and one deep tarp/sleeping pad sleeve to help cushion your back.
  • Side pockets provide quick access to everyday necessities.
  • Rides low to allow the carrying of a canoe while also wearing the pack.
  • Each pack comes with a heavy duty 6ml poly liner and a tumpline.
  • Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.
SKU: S-315-

Availability: In stock


Customer Reviews (8)

Best all-around packReview by John S. H.
I have owned this incredible pack for over 10 years. it has been an indispensable companion on over 20 canoe trips and the occasional camping trip. Despite miles and miles of wear, wind, rain, sun, mud, mosquitoes, sand and grit in the bottom of the canoe, it still holds up remarkably well with little more than softer leather and naturally faded canvas to show for it.

The benefits of this design are many,. The side pockets allow for convenient access to the necessary extras on wilderness trips, such as rain gear, sandals, an extra layer, hats, or rope. The padded shoulder straps, chest strap, and waistband allow comfortable portaging of heavier loads that sit conveniently on the hips. The map case clips and matching map case are a fun added bonus, and for those who navigate by map in a canoe, the case swings easily over a thwart while still attached to the pack for on-the-water reading.

I cannot recommend this pack enough! You will not be disappointed! (Posted on 7/18/2010)
OutstandingReview by jim
Four trips this year already and this pack has it all. I purchased more than just a canoe pack; I purchased a heirloom. Thank you. (Posted on 7/15/2010)
Very HappyReview by dumber6
THis is the most durable pack you can find. I am an avid BWCA, doing about 2-3 week long trips a year, averaging about 20 miles a trip. I love this pack. When portaging, you do not have to worry about this pack ripping while laying it on the rocks. I use this pack to also hang my food up in at night. The straps are more durable than other brands. I would recommend this to anyone. I also plan to pass this pack down to my children when I retire the BWCA. (Posted on 7/15/2010)
Best of all Packs!Review by c.carver
I also own a Hudson Pack but love the side pockets on this pack. i strongly recommend owning this pack. (Posted on 7/15/2010)
story of my lifeReview by Adam
I have wide shoulders, and this pack has a narrow shoulder strap base. Hopefully they can widen them for me. (Posted on 3/26/2010)
Time TestedReview by Rich
There's a reason why this basic design has been around well over 100 years. Size, durability, comfort are why. I have used various methods of packing on BWCA trips and this is the best. Have take my #4 Monarch on 6 canoe trips and other than a little sun fading (patina) it is like new. Worth the money for a family heirloom quality pack. I am certain mine will be handed down someday.
(Posted on 1/8/2009)
Monarch=Great PackReview by Caleb
I am a third generation Duluth Pack owner, and the Monarch #4 is the newest addition to our arsenal. It is a great pack that can hold just about anything you might need for a long canoe trip.
The padded leather straps on the Monarch makes it a comfortable carry the very first time out. Standard straps have a break in period of a few trips...not so with the Monarch.
The one criticism I have of the Monarch #4 is its dimensions. When it is FULLY LOADED, the dimensions are such that it needs to be rotated as it is loaded into a Grumman 17ft standard. This makes it a little awkward to quickly load/unload, but the comfort and capacity make up for it.

P.S.- My younger brother (15 at the time) carried the Monarch #4 loaded with ~80lbs of food and cooking gear across a >300 rod portage. No complaining the whole way! (Posted on 11/28/2008)
Functional, Durable, ReparableReview by Austin Kramer
Although I grew up canoeing in the Pacific North West, I now live in China and do research in the Himalaya and Central Asia. There are a few key reasons I chose the Monarch #4 as my standard expedition pack.

1. Durable. Modern plastic materials are not suitable to high alpine deserts and gritty rough conditions which abraid easily, neutralizing their advantage in water resistance. The heavy duty canvas of the Monarch is perfect for resisting the dirt and grit.

2. Repairable. Most packs made from various synthetic materials, especially ones designed for waterproofing, are rendered useless after a single tear or hole, since stitching further perforates the shell, and adhesive patches inevitably peel off. I can patch my monarch pack (for instance, after it fell off a jeep in the Kashmir) with a sewing kit and whatever heavy canvas I find locally, meaning it is as good as new in no time.

3. Functional. I carry a lot of different kinds of gear, so the extra pockets help for keeping it separate. The box construction also makes it easy to store large bulky clothing. In the Taklamakan desert temperatures can vary wildly requiring large amounts of clothing, which fit easily into the large section. It is just as easily filled with large waterproof stuff-sacks for wet environments. The heavy materials mean it effortlessly holds up even when heavily weighted down.

4. Comfort. The waist band is pretty useless, so you won't be able to carry the weight on your hips, but the straps are comfortable, and the back, with no frame, is very comfortable if you put something soft like a sweater lining the back. (Posted on 3/3/2008)

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