We make two styles of Canoe Packs at our shop in Duluth, MN U.S.A.— Box Style and Envelope Style. Envelope packs are the originals, the front panel and back panel get sewn together so they’re wide and narrow. Box style packs have an extra panel, we call it a gusset, sewn in between the front and back. The pack body is shaped like a box and provides more internal capacity and generally works better with round stuff sacks used by folks today.
Which is right for you?
Old No.7 Pack is sized in the middle for an average set of camp gear. By average, we mean it’s a big pack for a full set of well chosen camp gear. This waxed canvas pack body oughtta be just big enough to get a tent and everything else in one bag. You won’t be able to get too many creature comforts in there, and that’s a good thing. Padded buckskin backstraps take some of the pain out of a long haul, the tumpline will help as well. There is a limiting factor that keeps a camper honest when using a pack that’s just the right size. If everything doesn’t fit, what are you trying to bring this time that you didn’t need last time? 5,216 cubic inch capacity +. Plus means you can add gear out the top and still close the top flap with the long leather flap straps.
Old No. 3 is an envelope style pack in the same size class as its box style brethren the Old No. 7. Envelope Packs are the originals and this is certainly a classic. Streamlined without many buckles, straps and cord so you won’t catch it on brush, branches or gunwales. It was made to be in a canoe and sit flat, where you take it from there is entirely up to you. 5,241 cubic inch capacity plus overstuffing, it’ll get taller and fatter.
The Woodsman Pack is scaled down for smaller loads, perfect as a second pack, or one for the kid to carry. 3,110 cubic inch +. The Lewis and Clark is sized up for larger capacity, perfect for a family or a pair to combine gear into a single pack. 7,862 cubic inch +. The Timber Cruiser and smaller Timber Cruiser Jr. share the same pack body as the Old No. 7 and smaller Woodsman. What’s different is the extra addition of side pockets. Each will hold a 1L round bottle and more. Note that our side pockets are a versatile 2-in-1 design where there’s room to slip narrow objects between the pack body and pocket.