Pack for solo tripping?

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Pack for solo tripping?

Post by Patricks Dad » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:37 pm

With Christmas approaching and a solo boat about 1/3 complete I've started thinking about getting a backpack for doing solo tripping. I've only paddled for extended periods as part of a group in the past. I own several larger packs but was thinking that a solo trip might offer an opportunity to buy another pack.

What is your favorite pack for solo tripping (say, a 7 day trek)?

What is you opinion of the Duluth Pack Monarch #3 (other than it seems pretty expensive)?

http://duluthpack.com/monarchs-canoe-pack.html

Final question: What new tool or piece of gear do you want for Christmas?

thanks in advance.
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Post by stovetop » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:21 pm

That's a nice looking pack - but your right - costly! If you are looking at that, I dont think this will interest you but, I have always used Dry Bags with backpack straps on them for canoe tripping. I have used ones from NRS, Cabela's, LL Beans and had good luck with them. They dont have anything as far a comfortable suspension, but if you are just dragging them from the boat to the campsite a few feet away they fit the bill. Stuff stays dry, don't have to worry about a rain cover for them and they can take a serious beating as well - always a major plus to me at least. I think they can be had for around $80 - $125 depending on size and where you get it.

As for the tool I am hoping to get - I have had my eye on a Porter Cable Router with both the plunge and fixed base included. Building my canoe (Prospector) has gotten me interested in other wood working projects as well!

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Post by BearLeeAlive » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:50 pm

Randy, that looks like a great pack. Like stovetop, I only use drybags and SeaLine packs with straps and belt. How does one keep things dry in a pack like that, do you need a liner? I sure do like the looks of these Duluth packs much more than the vinyl ones.

stovetop, I would highly recommend the DeWalt DW618B3 router. LINK I researched hard, and even took a couple choices back, and am very pleased with this unit. Home Depot carries it here at a decent price. I have had mine for a year now, and used all the bases lots. In my router table I built, I have a Porter Cable 3 1/4hp router motor that is dedicated to use there.
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Post by Patricks Dad » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:53 pm

Duluth packs do have liners. My prior use of them usually didn't depend on the liner but instead I stuffed dry sacks into them. I'm a big fan of drybags. Drybags with shoulder straps is a good idea I should look into. I want to be able to carry a pack on my back and the canoe on my shoulders while portaging. I'm ok with double portaging when necessary but even then a backpack carrying the gear on your back is easier.

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Post by stovetop » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:43 am

Thanks for the suggestion on the router Jim - Looks nice and not much extra $$$ over the Porter Cable, but you get the 3rd base with it. I will take a look at that one for sure!
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