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

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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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    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.
     
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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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