Discussion in 'Backpacking' started by JerseyDevilJeeper, Jun 28, 2019.
Anyone here remember when this was state of the art?
Good ole’ Peak One
I have the Outdoor Products version of that pack. It has a lifetime warranty...I wonder what they will replace it with if it ever breaks?
I took that frame and laced a ALICE medium on it for my son.
I have one in blue, has it been 30 years?
I've never found the shoulder straps to be comfortable, so it gets used for car camping or when it's only a sort hike.
Also used for gear storage.
Any ideas for replacement shoulder straps?
Never seen one, but that looks like a pretty excellent pack to me. I'm big on frame packs, though, so I'm biased.
Very nice. I still use my old external jansport.
Have you noticed how similar the current/most recent military pack frame is to the Peak One frame?
My first recommendation would have been the Enhanced ALICE straps that were carried by Brigade Quartermasters. Unfortunately neither the straps, nor Brigade, is around anymore. Here are some others:
I'll keep looking.
Are these the same people who make the little stoves that Wal Mart sells?
Still intact minus one bedroll strap
They are definitely lacking compared to even todays decent Daypacks
This was considered the one to have back then or the MSR Whisperlite
I think they sell the ones that use butane canisters..?
Man, I remember when n that one was newer than the one i still use. I have an old camp trails aluminum frame pack... took it on the last canoeing/ camping trip.
HA!!! I have one of those too
I have two old Gaz Globetrotter bluet stoves that use the small puncture-top gas canisters. The canisters haven't been made for at least 25 years. (Who knows? I may have the only 4 surviving canisters...!)
The link is to an old Globetrotter. Note: no gas canister.
Yes sir. Peak 1 is a division of Coleman.
I got one of those packs around here some where mine is blue and heavy
Blue and heavy sound right!
The current generation MOLLE straps work like they were made for the frame.
you can also look for posts on an "Improved Hellcat" pack setup.
These are currently on the trade blanket. The top ones in the woodland pattern are super comfy straps.
Damm!!!! You like these Molles?
I remember doing the Batona Trail w this pack. When I 1st started backpacking I had this book (this was pre-Internet) called
“A 20 pound weekend”.
Aside from that, I used to split the weight of my Eureka Timberland w a girl for a 24 mile loop in Wharton State Forest.
They work. The outfit was put together for my adukt son.
If I had to go back to humping ruck for a living, I would be using a Mystery Ranch. They make the kind of rucks you can live out of and with....
Nothing against Uncle Sugar - but the gear they buy for issue, for the most part, sucks rocks compared to SOA civvie rucks. But hey, they were the low bidder, eh?
my current 'ruck'
I think I found something quite similar to the Enhanced ALICE straps. Check this out:
Not quite as good as the original, but still very nice. They come in OD or Coyote.
They look good for the price.
I'll look into the improved hellcat.
Those look as comfortable as it can be, 3/4" foam should help
Thank you all.
I worked at an outfitter in Georgia from 1980 - 1986. Sold a boat load of those.
(But, from that era, I much prefer the Kelty Tiaga and Jansport D3.)
I took my 25 year old eureka backpack on the AT just 2 weeks ago.
Fire Force USA makes improved ALICE straps, and two different belts that are much better than the ALICE USGI belts... one is direct replacement, no MOLLE webbing, the other fits the FILBE/MOLLE series of frames and has MOLLE webbing.. those should work perfectly on the Coleman frames. I have 3 of those frames.. 1 is a smaller frame, the others are the larger frames. FYI; MOLLE ruck bags fit the Large frame but not the small frame; however the frames are very flexible so if you load up the MOLLE bags with lots of weight, expect it to feel a bit fragile. The Small frame fits ALICE rucksacks and I assume also the FILBE main bag, and likely the Medium MOLLE II RUCK bag. However the original bags are pretty good for what they are... which is simple,.roomy and relatively low profile (doesn't stick out so far from the frame). Ideal if you've lots of stuffsacks organized gear. I am using one of the large frames to carry 2 portable beach lounge "chair rests" and 2 cushions with self-made compression load straps.
I love it!!
Show us pics!
Full MOLLE II rucksack setup on Coleman Peak 1 large frame; Gen 2 MOLLE frame next to it for comparison. With this much load; the Peak 1 frame is very very flexible, and it feels like it'll snap
I've got an old Camp Trails in the attic. It and Colin Fletcher's book opened a new world for me.
I like the straps and their price.
My old Jansport, bought in '87 or '88.
Used in May for an overnight!
You know, theres something to be said for those old school packs. I will be in the market soon for me and my son a pair.
I know theres leaps and bounds better, but I feel like he needs a good appreciation of an external frame before he can move to an internal.
I myself, like external frames.
Sorry I don't have a good one of the pack on the AT. This is in Iowa
Here's one from the trail.
I actually worked at an outfitter from 1980 to 1985. And, that pack was a staple. And it was good at its price point. I think at that time the Jansport D3 and Kelty Tioga were better packs, but they cost a lot more. This was a good pack and a good value.
Yep, my FS pack is 39 years old. Been all over the country. No real comfortable but is tough and gets it done.
Still have my old camp trails from 1976. Use it for packing out deer and elk. Just picked up an REI high Sierra at goodwill for $9.99. Going to take off the hip belt and shoulder straps to use on mine.