I'm looking for a canoe pack from Santa and was wondering about the collective experience in terms of quality, price, etc.
It's mostly for solo tripping so most likely one of the smaller sizes is what I'd be looking at (60-80L). It needs to be quick to open/close quickly so I can split gear to trim my boat properly (one barrel in either the front or the back isn't doing it for me...) I'm looking for people's experiences with both Cooke Custom Sewing and Ostrom packs. Ostrom seems pricier, but is it warranted, and if so, how?
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Posted by: pblanc on Oct-22-12 4:57 PM (EST)
I have no experience with Ostrum or CCS packs. I'm sure they are nice.
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Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Oct-22-12 5:16 PM (EST)
But I don't use barrels. I have a Duluth #3 standard pack and a Duluth #3 Cruiser Combo pack. I like the latter better because it has two outside pockets.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-22-12 5:27 PM (EST)
Posted by: cave_demon on Oct-22-12 8:57 PM (EST)
I've also been interested in CCS packs because of the value. I am a huge "made in the usa" guy and try to get as much stuff made here as possible. Camping equipment is one of the easiest categories of goods to do that with. But even though the CCS website says designed in USA, I was under the impression they were made in China. Is that true?
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-22-12 9:06 PM (EST)
CCS made in Minnesota|
Posted by: dancookeccs on Oct-23-12 7:44 PM (EST)
All CCS Sewing is done in Minnesota. Most Fabrics are of USA Origin, Velcro, and YKK Zippers Rope and Easton Poles and Stakes are made in the USA.
Posted by: richardp on Oct-23-12 8:51 AM (EST)
I use Duluth Packs and they are great. They also have many many sizes. Guaranteed for life now. I have seen Cooke stuff and they look like a nylon version of the Duluth. Frost River is another American pack maker and is a spin off from Duluth Pack. They use wax canvas exclusively.
Not all of them are|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-23-12 5:47 PM (EST)
The Hybrid line is quite Un Duluth
Posted by: ppine on Oct-23-12 4:14 PM (EST)
I agree about Duluth Packs and have used them since the 1980s. I like 2 No. 2s and a kitchen pack for longer trips.
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Posted by: rpg51 on Oct-25-12 7:06 AM (EST)
You gave me a chuckle|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-25-12 10:11 AM (EST)
Some of my walks have involved 300 feet of ascent and there is always at least one mile walk over some dozen blowdowns. Like dear Temagami.
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Posted by: rpg51 on Oct-26-12 6:15 PM (EST)
like in 300' straight up and straight down!
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-26-12 7:07 PM (EST)
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Oct-25-12 10:19 AM (EST)
I haven't tried the ccs packs, but Ostrom's are great. I have three of them and enjoy them all. They are made in Thunder Bay, and one of mine was hand delivered by Bill Ostrom, so it's obviously not the same sort of scale as Nike!
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Oct-25-12 10:28 AM (EST)
I have a lot of boats and paddles but have only needed my one Duluth pack for 30 years, even though I bought two.
Posted by: timburris on Oct-26-12 8:12 AM (EST)
If you are a Paddling Perks member, Ostrom is one of the vendors. You get 20% discount on in stock packs. If you were going to buy direct it would pay for the cost of the Paddling Perks membership, and then some.
Posted by: richardp on Oct-26-12 8:23 AM (EST)
Very very true, but most people seem to hate tump. The other big big diffrence between Duluth and Frost River is material - these 2 still use cotton canvas and leather.