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Re: Problem/Issues experienced with backpacks and duffle bags carried along

I have a lot of gear for lugging stuff. Some for carrying my home on the trail for a few weeks. Some for moving stuff onto and off the boats. Some for "day hikes", some for canoe trips and some for general use ie. shopping. I have various "Dry bags" that do seal up and will keep gear dry while floating down the river.

I can not imagine a single piece of gear I would choose from my "collection" that will do everything well.

My frame pack is for the trail and portaging from the canoe. It is an external frame pack "Adventure 16" I purchased in 1972! I haven't seen or tried anything since that compares for comfort and convenience.

My "Day packs", I have several, are light weight and have lots of shock cord and loops attached for external storage. They should have at least two internal pockets. Three or more is better. A couple of external "pockets that will hold a drink bottle. Not necessarily waterproof. No camelback bladder. If I need a drink I should welcome the opportunity to stop for a swallow.

My favorite "boat bags" I purchased from L.L. Bean many years ago. They do not sell them any more! They should! They look like their traditional tote but are wider with a flat bottom. Two strong nylon handles that can serve as shoulder straps for short trips. There is also a long adjustable nylon shoulder strap with snap hooks that fasten to D rings. They are made of hypalon. Are waterproof! and have nylon zippers around the top. The entire top flap folds back with two zippers so it can be opened and closed from either direction. If you toss or set one into a dinghy the contents stay dry! They carry a lot of stuff! They flatten out and can be rolled up for storage. They stuff into irregular spaces while partially full, too.

I have 6 of them. 4 red ones a green one and a blue one, all with hd black bottoms. One now has two pair of X-C boots, gloves, goggles, wax, hats, etc. stored in it. It just returned from a week in the mountains. Another one is transporting some power tools, batteries, charger, etc. back and forth to the boat. Three are parked in a 4th and do duty as needed. Groceries, tools, clothing (they make great carry on bags because of their flexibility).

Why Bean doesn't manufacture these any more Is certainly a profit margin issue. Too bad! They are GREAT! If I were to improve their design I would use a transparent material for the "top sides" of these bags so I could see the contents. I choose "dry bags" for that feature and often store several in a large "dry bag" when canoeing.

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