Traditional Day Pack

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  1. charles

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    Hello everyone, I have been looking for a traditional day pack, made of mostly traditional materials like waxed canvas and leather. I have looked at some frost river packs but they are a bit pricey. What do you all think?
     
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  3. Watcher of the Woods

    Watcher of the Woods Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    L.L. Bean Continental Rucksack. Traditional, but with a modern twist, and on a budget. You can find these for around $60 and they'll last you a lifetime. Best pack for bushcraft I've ever owned.

     
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    +1 on the LL Bean. I like it better than my FR in certain ways. Do a search on the site for reviews on it. Wait for a sale. Free shipping.

    Mil surp can be cheaper.

    I would also look at Savotta's Classic line. The 339 is kind of a hybrid.
     
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  5. beacon

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    The Frost River Seven Bridges pack is nice, and on the lower end of their price range. It's billed as a day pack, but you could do an overnighter with it if you strapped some things outside the pack.

    I personally picked mine up used, which meant it was a real bargain...

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    20% off at LL Bean right now
     
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    If price is a concern then take a look at Fox Outdoors packs. Decent canvas packs made in India.
     
  8. Tommyswede

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    I'm biased towards the swedish M39 pack.
    Think they're readily availible on your side of the pond as well.
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  9. Stophel

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    Getting harder, or rather, more expensive to come by. Dealers are pretty much all sold out by now. If you're lucky, you can snag one on ebay for $40 or $50 still (I just got one a few weeks ago for 4o-something)... most, however, are asking ridiculously high prices (and they have been sitting there unsold forever).

    Though I personally refuse to wear a frameless (meaning H O T) pack :D , The L.L. Bean pack is probably the closest thing that I am aware of to what Charles is looking for that is ready to go. ;)
     
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    Oh, and SwissLink still has some of the Norwegian "Telemark" rucksacks of the Bergans "coronet" frame style. These are definitely bigger than a "day pack", but are definitely traditional, look good, and a mighty good pack to boot.
    https://swisslink.com/norwegian-canvas-rucksack.html
     
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    I've developed an obsession with traditional Rucks. Though there's a lot of old military canvas Rucks, there's also a lot of canvas Rucks from the 50s-60s as well for great prices. This is an old European backpacking Ruck. Small metal frame, leather and sheep's wool straps, Canvas main body, metal buckles. Perfect size. You just have to check around.
     

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    Same pack
     

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    I've seen a few of these for sale, and I've been real tempted! I believe they were made in East Germany.
     
  14. Stophel

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    I have a Lafuma pack that I got on ebay for probably 40 bucks all told. It is rather smaller than it looks, and it definitely is "day pack" size, which is smaller than I usually need, but I could get by if I had to.
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    I can not say I share your bias. I really was not overly fond of the one I had.
    I have several framed canvas backpacks, but all are too large for daypacks.
     
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    Check out alder stream packs,they are excellent canvas packs and not as expensive as Frost river.
     

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    Just bought a frost river mesabi that is what I would consider a day pack also meandering maker maker beautiful packs for a decent price
     
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    I have one as well. Love it.
     
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    Czech M60.

    Can be had in linen. Very nice little pack.

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    Pic from varusteleka.com, they are out of stock but ‘restock next week’.

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    5 bucks without straps.
     
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    I would highly recommend @Peto in the vendor forum. Ground Gear is the company if you look online. Amazing craftsmanship and excellent pricing.
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    Just got my Fiallraven No.21 Large - it's an awesome looking classic canvas & leather pack :)

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    One thing about price - if the item looks good to you such as in old school/vintage styling and the craftsmanship is top notch - the price might seem obscene today but next month, it’ll be but a distant thought and you will own an item that will give you a lifetime of service and you’ll also have that pride of ownership feeling.

    When you’re pushing thorns in tough pheasant country with two guys to your side, one wearing ole beat upFilson tin chaps and the other a new pair of browning pants with re-enforced front - which one do you think has experience in that type of cover? Same goes with about most outdoor items, purchase the best and USE it.
     
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    Very good points made in this post. :)
     
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    I bought a half dozen of those Czech m60’s,,, they disappeared faster than free beer at a bike rally,,, The bairns and Granddarlings cleaned me out posthaste,,, They seem to like them, I didn’t have one long enough to form an opinion...
     
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    Frost River Seven Bridges pack is great as a day pack and can be pushed to an overnight pack!
     
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    One more Fjall...

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    Czech M60 is nice. I'm actually planning on going with something a little smaller for day hikes however.
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    Really like the handle on the knife in your first pic, Shane.
     
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    Thank you, it is hickory from a hammer handle sanded down to have more of a fishtail shape, very comfortable in the hand. The two parallel bands carved in the front represent the tattoo on Otzi's wrist. The blade on it is forged from shock absorber rod and took a wonderful edge.
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    That’s what I was going to say. @Peto makes great looking bags.
     
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    What knife is that?

    GOD Bless you and your families

    Kenneth
     
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    I'll chime in for @PiterM

    It is a Helle Utvaer. Full tang, 12C27 I believe.
     
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    I've been enjoying my Savotta 323. It may be a bit large to qualify as a warm weather day pack, although it's probably about right for carrying some extra stuff for a day-long outing in cold weather. I suppose it depends on what you're doing that day. In any case, I really like the pack. It's a little smaller and simpler than the 339. The classic Savottas are also relatively inexpensive for waxed canvas gear.

    I like that it has an external frame. I'm not a particularly sweaty guy, but even so I appreciate the ventilation across my back.

    Admittedly, mine has seen more miles as an urban traveling pack than in the woods. Regardless, I have had it loaded down with some fairly dense heavy stuff and tossed it around onto Amtrak and airliner overhead luggage racks, in addition to having it on my back for hours while standing around in airports, bus terminals, etc. I wouldn't hesitate to take it in the woods.

    Pictures taken last spring on the first day I hiked with the pack. It was just started getting broken in.
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    I also have (had) two LL Bean Continental Rucksacks. My son made off with the older (mid-90s) nylon one and is enjoying it for me. :) I still have my waxed canvas one from around 2000 vintage. I like it and enjoy using it.

    My wife wants to know why I need so many backpacks. :)
     
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