Product Review (submitted on April 29, 2010):
This is a beautiful interpretation of a great traditional pack design --- just like the pack that Nessmuk used as he canoed around the Adirondacks. It's fun to use for that reason alone. This pack is just the right size for a well-equipped day-hike, a day-long backcountry fishing excursion, or a well planned Scout- or bushcraft overnighter. Like most Duluth packs, it holds more than you think it's going to.
One of the other reviewers mentioned some initial irritation from the shoulder straps/buckles. I don't discount that concern, as I have encountered it with some other packs, but I didn't with my Guide pack. So, it may be a matter of body type and shape. As I do with my Rambler pack, I stick a soft folding canoe or camp chair right inside the back. It helps the pack keep its shape and prevents anything hard or sharp from sticking into your back. And then, no matter where you are, you have a comfortable & dry sit-upon.
This would be a perfect pack for a Scout leader, or a nice gift for an Eagle Scout or Explorer. I've had mine only about six months, but I absolutely love it. The padded leather shoulder straps are a nice step up from the canvas webbing straps, and seem very durable.
Love the pockets, too.