Pack Envy

  • @The-Gnome Had one of those for 3 or 4 seasons, until worn. Sold it and bought a Mountainsmith. Once the Mountainsmith was worn about like yours, sold that one too. Finally got a Dana Design Alpine.
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  • @risk I take it you liked the Dana Design and kept it? Must have been some while ago? Or did you but it used?

    Between the Dana and Gregory's the latter provided a bit better fit for my body type. Sad that my Palisade would not be warrantied. Would have been a fairly easy repair for those w/the proper materials.

    After selling Dana Designs and... waiting.. and waiting... for the non compete clause to expire, he got into making packs again. Initially for an under served but well budgeted niche: hot shot crews and such. Fighting forest fires is big business. These things "revolutionized" hot shot crew a "kits" and he expanded to targeting military use stuff, and game hunter specialized packs before finally getting around to making boring old backpacking packs again. Then turned his sights to skiing, ice climbing. Various other Bozone outdoor fun hog activities to follow. Yeah, so he specialized some specialized gear tweaks for under served but prime fer' the pluckin' niches there. Smart.

    All this featured "Made in U.S.A." by Bozeman, MT locals. Until... demand just became too much and now most all has subsequently been outsourced. Yeah, one of his kids is also running things nowadays. Anyways... some damn fine packs. I had an opportunity to walk around a bit w/an earlier version of one of these puppies. I guess the patent expired on the Terraplane name and they're leveraging that legacy again as well?

    Anyways, that puppy was Made in U.S.A. and $550 and I didn't have it to spare at the time. But I sure wanted it. πŸ˜‰

    Not so sure would feel same now that not Made in U.S.A. Yeah, I do try to keep US workers workin'... Especially when it comes to "wants not needs". Uhh... did I mention that I sure wanted it?

    Meanwhile back at the ranch... I'd used to refund to replace the failed Palisade w/an 90l Opsrey heavy hauler.


    I've had some ankle issues that precluded me from using this one much but it's a nice pack. 'Twixt it and the Mystery Ranch Terraplane? Hmm... comparable price wise. I'd have to side by side current incantations. Recollection is that the Mystery Ranch heavy haulers were built pretty bomb proof, and weighed in commensurately. Which I am fine w/because I'd rather carry a couple extra pounds than risk a fragile pack. From the fancy whiz bang website pics, it looks as if they've lightened things up a bit. Both use a similar adjustable yoke and frame system wh/I never quite got used to - lot's of miles under the Palisade and these definitely have a different "carry" to them. Maybe even more comfortable, but I need to log a couple hundred miles w/each before I could do a proper "gear review".

    I shall say this: That sleeping bag compression compartment on the "Terraplane" is pretty sweet. 😜

  • I confess to having suffered in the mountains with a pack that was featured in an
    Alpinest Magazine photo & article.
    Jensen pack photo of mine from Alpinest mag..JPG

    The Jensen pack was invented by legendary alpinest Don Jensen in the late 1960's & its first commercial production was by Larry Horton & his Rivendell Pack Works in the tiny town of Victor, Idaho. My Moscow Idaho outdoor store sold them in the mid-1970's.

    A 1976 photo of me leading Cascade Coloir near Banff with my lightly-packed Jensen.

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    The Jensen pack did not have a frame & took it's rigidity from being tightly stuffed with gear. Usually a down sleeping bag went in the lower compartment, which then hugged your hips nicely. Filling Jensen Packs was an art & took some time, but it carried close to your back & did transfer some of its weight nicely to a hipbelt. Since the concept was never patented, soon similar packs competed for its market, the Chouinard Ultimate Thule & Yakpack, among others.

    By the late 1970's internal frame packs that carried pretty well & were much easier to fill, had pretty-much killed the Jensen Pack market, although a Washington company still sells them.

  • Gnome: first pic in your initial post. Bolt chopping or replacement?

  • Previously posted elsewhere TNF Back Magic:


  • @johntp I am suspicioning you really had a pretty special relationship with that pack, eh? β›° πŸ‘ 🚢 🌲 🌲 πŸŽ„

  • @toby , hey there say, oh my--- hope the ankle issue, gets well, 😞

  • @toby said in Pack Envy:

    @johntp I am suspicioning you really had a pretty special relationship with that pack, eh? β›° πŸ‘ 🚢 🌲 🌲 πŸŽ„

    What do you mean by "special"? Sure, we hung out and camped a lot, but it was all good clean fun. Get your mind out of the gutter.

  • @johntp Heh, talk about getting your mind out of the gutter....

  • Dolt Travel Pack

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  • You don’t need a pack to envy if you can get someone else to carry the load.

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