View topic - Ultralight canoe pack ideas or recommendations

It is currently August 1st, 2021, 4:09 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: June 14th, 2021, 7:08 pm 
Offline

Joined: August 7th, 2015, 8:52 am
Posts: 13
Since my typical hiking backpack (Osprey Volt 75) has been hitting the middle seat in my "new-to-me" Swift Osprey I've been looking for a traditional canoe pack that sits at/below the shoulders.

Looking for something around 100L - but would settle for less if it could be under 3 lbs!

I'm sure there must be some roll-top hiking backpacks for the ultralight crowd out there somewhere. I haven't found a canoe pack that weighs in at less that 4lbs.

Some contenders are the cheap-o North 49 100L canoe pack, Granite Gear Superior One... seem to be about 4lbs and 4.5 lbs, respectively.

Just wondering if I can lighten my load while I'm in the market!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: June 15th, 2021, 2:17 pm 
Offline

Joined: January 11th, 2005, 4:58 pm
Posts: 2073
Location: Manitoba
Hyperlite Mtn Gear HMG makes lightweight packs for packrafting—Porter series, in different volumes.
https://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/c ... ackrafting

Another Porter pack link,
https://backcountrypackrafts.com/produc ... -backpack/

They also make a lightweight Throw Bag.
https://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/c ... -throw-bag

In general, an Internet search for lightweight packs for packrafts or packrafting should return better results because of their focus on lightweight paddle oriented gear and equipment.

Here’s another link to an article that features packrafting and UL packs from a UL hiking company.
https://www.sixmoondesigns.com/blogs/ne ... -flex-pack
Link to the Flex pack, https://www.sixmoondesigns.com/collecti ... /flex-pack

Another UL hiker pack being used for packrafting.
https://www.gossamergear.com/blogs/our- ... utterflies

Yet another packrafting pack from an UL hike company, this time Zpacks,
https://www.diypackraft.com/30-day-solo ... t-reviews/

Lastly, packrafters aren’t concerned with the height of their packs so if you want to carry a pack AND portage your canoe at the same time, keep that in mind.

_________________
Brian
http://www.JohnstonPursuits.ca

 


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: June 15th, 2021, 7:00 pm 
Offline

Joined: August 7th, 2015, 8:52 am
Posts: 13
Paddle Power wrote:

Lastly, packrafters aren’t concerned with the height of their packs so if you want to carry a pack AND portage your canoe at the same time, keep that in mind.


Thank you for the help! Unfortunately this is my main concern - I want to single carry!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: June 16th, 2021, 6:21 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: January 3rd, 2017, 1:48 pm
Posts: 94
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario
Can you just remove the top cover / pocket and wear it as a hip pack while on canoe trips? I have a Osprey Atmos 65 that I run "topless" for backpacking.

For Canoeing I love my MEC Slogg Deluxe 115L but I don't think MEC has made them in years. I'm sure it's over 4lbs as it's the same as the MEC Slogg 115 just with an aluminum internal frame. Personally when I am taking my kids I remove the yoke and put a middle seat in and just rest that on top of my pack. Works well for me for portages around 1km or less.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: June 16th, 2021, 1:29 pm 
Offline

Joined: January 11th, 2005, 4:58 pm
Posts: 2073
Location: Manitoba
For more traditional canoe tripping packs, see Cooke Custom Sewing.
If you look at the last photo it’s of a chart that lust pack weights.
https://www.shop.cookecustomsewing.com/ ... tegoryId=4

I’ve used CCS gear—packs, tarps and canoe covers/decks/spray decks—for a longtime. Great stuff.

Ostrom is another canoe pack manufacturer.
https://ostromoutdoors.ca/collections/c ... tage-packs

Granite Gear, likewise
https://www.granitegear.com/outdoor/can ... tage-packs

RBW recreational barrel works, as well
https://recreationalbarrelworks.com/pro ... anoe-pack/

_________________
Brian
http://www.JohnstonPursuits.ca

 


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: June 16th, 2021, 2:30 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 6th, 2005, 8:02 am
Posts: 559
Location: a bit south ofWinnipeg
https://www.ula-equipment.com/product/epic/

You could also stick a lightweight dry bag in a barrel harness.

The real trick is to take less gear and make it fit in a smaller pack!

_________________
http://www.canoepaddler.net


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: June 17th, 2021, 12:53 pm 
Offline

Joined: January 11th, 2005, 4:58 pm
Posts: 2073
Location: Manitoba
I forgot about the ULA Epic, which is also designed for Packrafting.

_________________
Brian
http://www.JohnstonPursuits.ca

 


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: June 17th, 2021, 2:52 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: July 12th, 2016, 3:01 pm
Posts: 235
Paddle Power wrote:
I forgot about the ULA Epic, which is also designed for Packrafting.


Came here to say this. Epic looks like a great piece of gear. I have a ULA Circuit and love it (obviously not a portage pack)


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group