#3 Monarch - Canoe Pack
Product Review (submitted on July 18, 2010):
I have owned this incredible pack for over 10 years. it has been an indispensable companion on over 20 canoe trips and the occasional camping trip. Despite miles and miles of wear, wind, rain, sun, mud, mosquitoes, sand and grit in the bottom of the canoe, it still holds up remarkably well with little more than softer leather and naturally faded canvas to show for it.
The benefits of this design are many,. The side pockets allow for convenient access to the necessary extras on wilderness trips, such as rain gear, sandals, an extra layer, hats, or rope. The padded shoulder straps, chest strap, and waistband allow comfortable portaging of heavier loads that sit conveniently on the hips. The map case clips and matching map case are a fun added bonus, and for those who navigate by map in a canoe, the case swings easily over a thwart while still attached to the pack for on-the-water reading.
I cannot recommend this pack enough! You will not be disappointed!