- Burly 15-ounce canvas construction.
- Dual buckling rain flaps under the lid.
- Premium leather flap straps riveted and reinforced for long-term durability.
- Padded leather/canvas shoulder straps
- Zippered pocket under top lid for easy access.
- Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.
- Great bag
It does take time to break the straps in. But for traveling and car camping, it can't be beat. (Posted on 8/27/2015)
- As always, great quality gear
I am 5’6” and the shoulder straps are set in the middle, so someone with a smaller frame has room for adjustments. I am a scout leader with a troop that goes camping every month in all conditions and it fits all the gear I need on any weekend trip and probably a week or longer trip as well. With the waxed canvas I have not had any issues of inside contents getting wet, and when camp is struck, it makes a great pillow too.
The video shows six hand-pounded rivets for attaching the shoulder / web straps, but mine came with only four.
I really like the long side pocket that easily holds a 64 ounce Klean Kanteen, I can also slip my 19” hunters axe handle in (the head sticks out a little over an inch and faces backward) and still have room for some smaller items above or below the water bottle.
I also like the web handle so it is easier to strap / hang on a tree at the right height for getting into and packing.
I only wish the flap straps were a bit longer so I could better add a bedroll under the flap, or if they could add some webbing on the flap to accommodate a bedroll.
(Posted on 1/21/2014)
- Great Backpack
I get a lot of compliments and people asking where they can buy it. (Posted on 7/16/2013)
- Great hauling bag,
- exp/looks like it might be bulky
- Great re-issue fo the old Nessmuk pack
One of the other reviewers mentioned some initial irritation from the shoulder straps/buckles. I don't discount that concern, as I have encountered it with some other packs, but I didn't with my Guide pack. So, it may be a matter of body type and shape. As I do with my Rambler pack, I stick a soft folding canoe or camp chair right inside the back. It helps the pack keep its shape and prevents anything hard or sharp from sticking into your back. And then, no matter where you are, you have a comfortable & dry sit-upon.
This would be a perfect pack for a Scout leader, or a nice gift for an Eagle Scout or Explorer. I've had mine only about six months, but I absolutely love it. The padded leather shoulder straps are a nice step up from the canvas webbing straps, and seem very durable.
Love the pockets, too. (Posted on 4/29/2010)
- I take it everywhere.
On a recent trip to Arches, I had a fellow hiker comment that it was the kind of pack Lewis and Clark might have had. I enjoy the obvious sold construction and the classic style.
It belongs out of doors, and if that is where I am, it’s with me. I don’t even notice it back there. It has almost become a part of me. (Posted on 4/4/2010)