Mar 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm #1300834
Thanks to David's generosity, I have found a pack for this scout.
I am looking for a used backpack for use by a small boy scout in our troop. His current pack is 70s external fram canvass job that dwarfs his 75 lb frame. Funds are also limited for him and his family, so the pack doesn't have to be perfect cosmetically. Something like a GG G4 would be great, but let me know what you have.
ThanksMar 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm #1969140
Tony RoncoBPL Member
Have you considered a Outdoor Products Arrowhead? Internal Frame, $30. 32oz. With some "home surgery" to simplify the pack, you can get the pack down to 24oz. You can try it out at Walmart (to be sure it fits).Mar 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm #1969162
Luke SchmidtBPL Member
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
That Wal Mart Pack might be a good option. Some of those packs have poor stitching but for $30 I'd say the risk is worth it. After all the kid won't be through hiking.
If you want something bigger I'd hunt around for a cheap external frame pack. Some models have adjustable torso lengths which is good for growing boys. They are also good if he needs to strap on a bulky sleeping bag.Mar 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm #1969246
I have a pack for sale here that may fit/work: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=75037. If it's the right size let me know. If the price is too much I'd be willing to make it affordable for the scout and his family.Mar 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm #1970323
Thanks everyone for the offers and information, but still looking.Mar 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm #1970363
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Does / could this Scout use enough UL techniques to use a small soft-framed (stitched through the padding) pack? I've got a previous-generation UL pack that I haven't used a in a long time. Alpenlite brand, about 24 ounces, about 55 liters plus two supplemental sides pockets of about 4 liters each. A foam pad lashed on the outside would be fine. A 5-pound, bulky sleeping bag lashed on the outside wouldn't be so good.
It wouldn't fit a large sleeping bag at all, but my 13-year-old son has used it on a 3-nighter with some UL gear and techniques. An outside-the-box possibility is for him to trade pounds with someone else. Be the one to carry the fuel or food and someone else lash his sleeping bag on the top of their pack frame.
Anyway, it would be a freebie. PM me so I don't miss your reply. I'm off to Juneau for a few days, back on Monday.
-DavidMar 28, 2013 at 3:41 am #1970402
Thanks David! PM sent.
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