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Robert Connor
(bplnole) - F

Locale: N E Fl
WTB Lightweight Backpack for Small Scout Found on 03/24/2013 13:45:22 MDT Print View

Thanks to David's generosity, I have found a pack for this scout.
Hi all
I am looking for a used backpack for use by a small boy scout in our troop. His current pack is 70s external fram canvass job that dwarfs his 75 lb frame. Funds are also limited for him and his family, so the pack doesn't have to be perfect cosmetically. Something like a GG G4 would be great, but let me know what you have.
Thanks

Edited by bplnole on 03/28/2013 20:19:45 MDT.

Tony Ronco
(tr-browsing) - MLife
Outdoor Products Arrowhead on 03/24/2013 17:38:50 MDT Print View

Have you considered a Outdoor Products Arrowhead? Internal Frame, $30. 32oz. With some "home surgery" to simplify the pack, you can get the pack down to 24oz. You can try it out at Walmart (to be sure it fits).

http://www.walmart.com/ip/20753478?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227015255891&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=17433949510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Cheap External Frame on 03/24/2013 18:21:43 MDT Print View

That Wal Mart Pack might be a good option. Some of those packs have poor stitching but for $30 I'd say the risk is worth it. After all the kid won't be through hiking.

If you want something bigger I'd hunt around for a cheap external frame pack. Some models have adjustable torso lengths which is good for growing boys. They are also good if he needs to strap on a bulky sleeping bag.

Jeff M.
(Catalyst) - M

Locale: Costa Mesa, CA
would this fit? on 03/24/2013 22:55:19 MDT Print View

I have a pack for sale here that may fit/work: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=75037. If it's the right size let me know. If the price is too much I'd be willing to make it affordable for the scout and his family.

Edited by Catalyst on 03/24/2013 22:58:18 MDT.

Robert Connor
(bplnole) - F

Locale: N E Fl
Thanks on 03/27/2013 19:54:10 MDT Print View

Thanks everyone for the offers and information, but still looking.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
An offer on 03/27/2013 22:07:22 MDT Print View

Does / could this Scout use enough UL techniques to use a small soft-framed (stitched through the padding) pack? I've got a previous-generation UL pack that I haven't used a in a long time. Alpenlite brand, about 24 ounces, about 55 liters plus two supplemental sides pockets of about 4 liters each. A foam pad lashed on the outside would be fine. A 5-pound, bulky sleeping bag lashed on the outside wouldn't be so good.

It wouldn't fit a large sleeping bag at all, but my 13-year-old son has used it on a 3-nighter with some UL gear and techniques. An outside-the-box possibility is for him to trade pounds with someone else. Be the one to carry the fuel or food and someone else lash his sleeping bag on the top of their pack frame.

Anyway, it would be a freebie. PM me so I don't miss your reply. I'm off to Juneau for a few days, back on Monday.

-David

Robert Connor
(bplnole) - F

Locale: N E Fl
Thanks on 03/28/2013 04:41:16 MDT Print View

Thanks David! PM sent.