In all reality, my current pack is fine for camping by myself. But recently I have been involving my kids more in outdoor activities. Because their size, they are limited in how much they can functionally carry. So if I want to backpack with them, I need to be able to transport a sizeable portion of the gear and equipment they would need on the trip.
Top of the list right now is the pack shown below. It is the Jansport D2 pack.
Adjustable external frame
Pass through ski access
Large main compartment with horseshoe opening
Foam back panel
Large front pocket
Dual side pockets
Seperate sleeping bag compartment
Large front pocket
Foam hip belt
Removable front pocket
Top and bottom lashing square
420 Denier Nylon
5 lbs 13 oz / 2.66 kg
38.1in h x 14.1in w x 13.7in d
5221.2 cu in / 85.56L
If you look at the first picture, you can see it has to aluminum frame bat wings around the hip belt area. The strap side picture does not seen to have the bat wings shown. My hopes are that in addition to being extra side support on the hips, it may be a hardpoint for a holstered firearm. This may be wishful thinking, and not practical in application. But it does have me curious.
In the specifications, it does not state whether it has load lifters or not. But from the strap side pisture, it appears to.
Another feature I like about it is the oversized loop the frame makes above the pack for lashing external gear high.
The single cosmetic detail I like the least is the gigantor Jansport logo on the pack. That is something which always bugged me. I'm not the kind of feller who wears Nike Swooshtikas. Smaller well placed product logos are a sign of good manufacturing and design taste. I hope that the logo shown is easy to remove.
Any thoughts on this pack? It is a bit pricey. Campmor has it for $229, which is above my budget. But it seems like it would be ideal for what I am looking to do with it.