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Photo #1 from Brentwood, United States of America by Long Island Adventure made on 2018-03-24 15:49 for Sola

My external frame Jansport pack. I am one of the few that still prefer an external frame pack for longer trips.

Photo #2 from Brentwood, United States of America by Long Island Adventure made on 2018-03-24 15:49 for Sola

This pack has seen many trails and many views. It is about 50-60L in size. Jansport was the go to name way before Osprey, Northface or any of those.

Photo #3 from Brentwood, United States of America by Long Island Adventure made on 2018-03-24 15:49 for Sola

After many years on the trail it is still being used from time to time. The pignose leather is still superior for strapping on gear.

For me an external frame pack sits on my back and distributes the weight evenly way better than an internal frame. Everyone is different but I still see those external frames out in the field being used today. Occasionally I am stopped on the trail by both old and young. "No way! This guys still using an ol Jansport!" Not only is it one of my favorite packs but it is a great conversation starter as well. It provides fun on the trail!

Lets see what kind of pack you are using. Don't forget to post to the "Trail Heads" channel. Untill next time. Happy trails!!!!!

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José Zueco...™
It's a beautiful backpack, what does it weights..?
Long Island AdventureAuthor
Not sure to be honest. Not much heavier than my internal frame.
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Randy Greig
Boy that brings back memories. My first pack.
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Randy Greig
Long Island Adventure, No, I think I gave it to my brother long ago.
Matt
I used to use that pack backpacking!
Long Island AdventureAuthor
A great pack! You still have it?
Steph
Very cool pack, and I understand what you mean about weight distribution. When you’re 5’1” and weigh 100ish pounds, that kind of thing really matters. (Stop that laughing, please.) But about that color...
Long Island AdventureAuthor
I am not laughin I am a very slim light person too the external frame seems to be the best for me people swear by these internal frames but for a longer stay id rather be with my external. What about the color? Forrest or oluve green is my favorite! Lol
Steph
Long Island Adventure, that’s neither forest nor olive, it’s what my mother would have called “monkey puke green” - don’t ask me, I’ve never seen a monkey puke 😂
Long Island AdventureAuthor
Steph, hahaha monkey puke green. Well it is a little old and worn out it was a better color before it got so sun baked.
Steph
Long Island Adventure, “sun-baked” is a good thing, so okay, I’ll give you that. :D The weather might cooperate with my taking a little trial run at that trail in Cold Spring Harbor this weekend.
Long Island AdventureAuthor
Steph, nice yea the weather is looking up this weekend. I just came off a few days in Harriman did the Suffern-Bear Mountain trail. Was going to go back today but I'm off the reset of the week and it should be nearly 60°F up here. Think I'm going to find a nice easy relaxing overnight trail near the Cats.
Steph
Long Island Adventure, sounds like a good plan. I’ll be looking forward to the cards.
Long Island AdventureAuthor
Steph, I was looking forward to posting one on my Suffern Bear mtn trail but I only have photos from half the adventure my portable charger got a little wet and stopped working. Being that cell service is decent in Harriman park I shut my phone of for the second half of the trip with 20% left I figured I'd save it just incase. But I will post the half of the trip I have!
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Steph
Long Island Adventure, what a shame. Have you seen the solar charging pads that you can clip on your pack? I got one for my son after he was without power for 5 days in the last hurricane (poor guy was a hot mess) and liked it so well I got one too. Eceen is the brand.
Long Island AdventureAuthor
Steph, Yes the solar ones are great and I do have one but it is not holding a charge like it used to anymore. The one I used I had plastic wrapped but water finds a way. It dried out works fine now. I need a new good weatherproof one.
Steph
Long Island Adventure, I used to do a lot of kayaking in Florida and got the waterproof bags, but I never really trusted them. :) This solar one doesn’t hold a charge, it charges the phone while it’s plugged in and in the sun.
Rich (💯)
Long Island Adventure, look into harbor freight. They have larger panels and batteries, would work great for shelter camping.
Rich (💯)
Steph, the solar pads are great to start but I've found unless you buy top of the line, the battery bank loses charge quickly.
Rich (💯)
Steph, waterproof bags are great for smell proof and water resistant but I haven't found a waterproof yet. I know what solar pad you are referring too. I heard if you wire the right wattage bulb to it you can get perpetual light. Still gavent tried this myself
Long Island AdventureAuthor
Steph, I usually do pretty good with regular plastic bags/wrap. The solar charger I have used to hold a charge. I don't really know if im using it correct it is tricky sometimes it works like that sometimes not haha.
Long Island AdventureAuthor
Rich (💯), Yea I see the solard roll out kinda pads I never really looked into it for backpacking but I do want to make a solar charger for a external battery pack built into my truck so when I camp I can do things like use a light charge things turn my compressor on, without killing my regular battery.
Steph
Rich (💯), I guess those bag makers would say user error if someone’s phone was ruined, but you’d hope they at least attempt a water-tight effect.
Rich (💯)
External H here too. Real long haulers understand that the H is the only pack for deep woods. Works equally well for day trips. I have 3 still. My newer kelty (15yrs) my wife's can't remember brand but it 20+ years and my original no frill H. Has to be 40 years, mainly just sentimental value now. Tarp material is pretty thin
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Whitehoune
Ha!! That's interesting - I also use time to time one external frame pack same liters, but it was made in Soviet Union in 1980th - and it still works! Maybe one day I will make a post here about it. ) Thank you for your story!
Long Island AdventureAuthor
I would love to see the bag! Post it up!
SenorCoconut
Wow in deed... not many are hiking and traveling with one of these anymore!
Long Island AdventureAuthor
Thanks man just finished 26 miles in Harriman park with this pack.
Rich (💯)
Long Island Adventure, my dad lives on shemungunk. Mountain lodge park. Just up the road from there. Ever hit up ellenville?
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