... another pack you don't need

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by HillBelly, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Light enough to be comfortable is a good mantra :)

    I’ve tried sleeping on bubble wrap and decided I was fooling myself ...

    Edited to add: Mmm now you mention it, mine had a funny smell. I think it was the degradation of the PU lining.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2019
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  2. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I had already watched my own edit of the highlights. Good stuff. I do like a bag with a large stretch mesh pocket on it. For me its a great place to stuff your waterproofs, wet or dry.
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  3. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I had a Karrimor (when that was a brand worth something) frame rucksack that was great for carrying things in but a real pain for hitch hiking. Here it is pictured under an olive tree in Paleokastritsa in 1980. This soon gave way to a frameless climbing sack (Joe Brown) made from PU coated heavy cordura. I think I still have it somewhere.

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  4. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    I wish I had a photo of mine:( my mother bought it for me after a few ‘epic’ hikes with a canvas and steel jobbie that the cadets had loaned me...

    I should clarify ‘epic’ - piddling with rain the canvas weighed a ton.
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  5. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Everything weighed a ton even the lightweight Itisa tent or if you were really unlucky the cotton Force ten was foisted apon you. The primus stove was a beast as well.
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  6. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    They came later :D

    The F10 cotton fly was a feature of adventure stores during my RAF days and the Primus + Tilley lamp featured in Antarctica - although they were mounted on a dog / skidoo sledge...

    Anyway back to sacs... :)
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  7. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    I think that eventually the interest shifts from hiking and camping to the gear itself, especially packs. And going on outings is merely the justification, not the end. No end in sight.
  8. Lempo

    Lempo Section Hiker

    My first proper pack was this Savotta 906. It was the ultimate backpack that everyone had to have back in the 80's in Finland.


    Savotta 906

    That combined with my Suomen Joutsen -20c full down cotton military sleeping bag was already probably more than 6kg. :woot:
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  9. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    I've been staring at Savotta rucksacks for a few weeks. They have some delightfully old-fashioned rucksacks, virtually unchanged since the 1950s. A few weeks ago I considered buying on eBay (of course) an old, but in like-new condition, Bergans Original rucksack, the kind I couldn't afford when I was in college in the 1960s, back when Gerry Mountaineering was selling them. I bought one of the small ones them and still have it. The Bergans Original that I saw a few weeks ago was still more than I was willing to pay but not for someone else, apparently. However, a few days ago, another one showed up for half that price and the seller foolishly offered a 50% discount on it and I snapped it up. It should be here in a few days. It was sold by someone "somewhere in England."

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