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Post Number: 2
Registered: 05-2012
Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 - 5:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hey guys, what do you think is the best 80+ litre backpack for canoeing and outdoor activities?
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Post Number: 205
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 - 11:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

i have a pack made by ostrom which i highly recommend if still available, though now i think about it it was quite a few years ago that i bought it at mountain equipment co-op.
it's just a well-constructed huge orange backpack with no compartments and no frills other than a waist-band and an optional tump-line. it holds our tent, bags, thermarests, stoves, booze, cigarettes, water filter/pump, tarps, river shoes, mouldy bread, etc. etc. with no problems.
it fits perfectly in the canoe, just the way you want it to.
its been on many gruelling trips and is still in perfect condition...
i'm sure they must still make a version of this, the company still exists last time i looked.
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Post Number: 206
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 - 11:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

just checked out their website
and it does still exist, its called the camp special, 195 bucks + 45 for the hip belt which is a must. 89 litres.
highly recommended!!!
a bonus, the company is in thunder bay...
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Post Number: 55
Registered: 05-2007

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 1:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Trailhead sells a 110L blackfeather pack for around $100. I actually see it on sale right now on their website for $70.

Unfortunately it is a downgraded version from what I bought 15 years ago and still use many times each year. The new version lacks a decent hip belt system, so isn't as comfortable on extremely long or arduaous portages.

If you're on a budget though it is tough to beat!
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Post Number: 16
Registered: 03-2011

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I like my 120L Granite Gear Superior One, the weight is approximately 1.9 kg ( spx). Have 2 of them, which I use for the last 3 years with no problems yet. There's also 82L Quetico model. Superior One workmanship looks very good. Suspension system is comfortable (I usually carry about 25kg), has all controls desirable and they are easily adjustable while wearing a pack. Hip belt comes in different sizes, I found Mens Medium (which comes standard, I think) to be proper for average person. The pack fabric is water-repellent, rain is not a problem, but bilge water will get inside eventually. Very tough bottom, exterior pocket big enough for rain gear, extra pair of boots and what-not. Inside is a single compartment. 2 wide but shallow side pockets - paddle blades fit in perfectly if you want to carry your paddles this way. Tump-line is optional.

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