thinking of lowe alpine klettersack 30 for day pack:

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  1. Paul Foreman

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    I use an LL Bean Klettersack daily, it's a nice, clean, simple design that just works. Comfortable to carry and holds a lot of gear. It appears to have very similar features to the Lowe Alpine version.

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    I would think the lack of any other pockets would aggravate a person eventually. I've taken the one-pocket-only route and it was more trouble than it was convenience, things were always in the bottom of the bag. You can get a Continental for half that price and get good materials and organizational capacity - not too many bells and whistles, but just enough to keep a water bottle handy and your odds and ends contained. (Also axe sleeves!)
     
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    this would be a day pack/hunting pack, in effect a larger possibles bag that can handle extra clothing, not for backpacking. i keep looking at the bean offerings too; the lowe length is an attraction because of its length: 20.5 inches. my torso is 22 inches ...
     
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    Personally I'd go with the Continental ruck for $60 shipped (until 4/22).
     
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    Agreed on this. One of the best values for a feature rich, but timeless design, out there right now.
     
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    I'm a fan of Klettersacks. If you are a careful packer they work great but if you just throw things in without consideration you'll have issues.

    I don't have the bag in question but I have a Jandd Tozi which is very similar (and a little taller which might appeal to you). It's a great little pack.
     
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    well, i broke down and ordered the bean continental. wasn't on sale any more ($79). should be here in a few days. i'll report. and thanks for the tips on alternatives. for hunting, the continental will handle add-on clothing much better on cold days ...
     
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    i picked up the continental as well, its a nice pack not too large and not too small
     
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    This is what I've been looking for. I have a 25 year old Jansport Klettersack that is uncomfortable since the padding in the shoulder straps has worn out. I also have a Jandd buttpack that is totally bombproof. I don't know why I didn't think to look.
     
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    'Klettersack' style packs have been my favorites since I bought my first Wilderness Experience new in 1981 at a shop in Durango. On Ebay I've purchased a couple used ones as well- I found the slightly older metal buckle models have a bit longer straps. I also have a newer LL Bean model, but I dunno, I think the modern ones are a bit wider to accommodate laptops and just don't seem the same. I never use it...guess I should put it up for sale sometime. My 'grail' pack is a NOS Wilderness Experience Klettersack, late 70's, in red. I search Ebay often!


    Photos are my future wife on an overnight near Silverton in 1983, and me and the dog near Saguache in 2015. Same pack, faded but functional- just like the owner... :)
     

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    I hope you enjoy your pack, I like mine a lot.
     
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    Mine is an older model, before they introduced the 'Cloud 9' suspension. I've had it forever and it just won't wear out. heh
     
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