Apr 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm #1288896
I was wondering if anyone knew anything about this company and pack–Bonanza Rugged Outdoor Products. I didn't have my scale with me when I saw it but the aluminum frame feels quite lightweight. I can't find anything about them from an online search. Where the company was based and any info about them? When it might be from (looks about 30 years old or so)? Thanks!Apr 19, 2012 at 12:50 am #1868911
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I've never seen one. Someone like McHale might know though.
Keep in mind that in the late 60's and early 70's many, many companies were making external frame packs (mostly Kelty knock-offs). It was not uncommon to see them in hardware stores and stores like Thrifty Drug or dime stores like Newberry's. Of course you would also get some Blue Chip stamps or S&H Green stamps with every purchase :) – now that should start a generation gap conversation.Apr 19, 2012 at 8:16 am #1868970
Thanks for the reply Nick. I had thought it might be an off-brand since I can't really find info about the company, and also because the owner was a pretty casual backpacker. It does have metal YKK zippers on the pack pockets which still work great though.
I really enjoyed your posts about the packs, clothes and stove you used back in the day.Apr 19, 2012 at 8:24 am #1868974
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
Their was local company in San diego who manufactured outdoor gear under the Famous Trails brand owned by Oscar's Father who owned Cal stores who sold athletic shoes and discount sporting goods.They also manufactured for others companies and rebranded the packs they made.
It strange to see external frame pack held on by nylon webbing and metal buckles instead of clevis pins. The webbing looks frayed could using some trimming and melting if it is not nylon fold it over on it self and sew together.
TerryApr 19, 2012 at 8:55 am #1868988
That pack looks very similar to a pack that my dad had in the mid to late eighties that was made by Academy Broadway. You can search online for those packs and you will find several examples. Given the encircled "A" on the Bonanza logo, I am wondering if this was a rebranded Academy Broadway pack that was sold into a different channel.
I had a Jr. version of an Academy Broadway pack and as I recall it barely had enough capactiy for my 9lb JC Penny sleeping bag, an extra pair of jeans, and my vienna sausages in a can. My poor dad carried a 12 pound 3 man tent. It was a wonder we referred to those trips as recreation.Apr 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #1868996
@daviddrakeLocale: North Idaho
I really like the simplicity of those old packs–if you have a chance to weigh the frame and pack bag I'd be curious to know the results. My father-in-law still hikes with his REI pack of a similar vintage. Not ultralight, but not too heavy either.
The red trim against the olive is sharp. Might have to use that for my next pack.Apr 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm #1869255
I've seen something like that before. Started scouting in 1973 and I'm pretty sure my scout master had some packs either of that make or very similar. Probably 60s vintage. Like Kelty or Camp Trails, which we had many of. Not very comfortable by any stretch. Thanks for sharing.Apr 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm #1872008
I finally got a chance to weigh this pack. Came out to 3 lbs 8.2 oz.
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