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I have owned no fewer than five Frost River packs over the years. At the risk of seeming like some bushcrafting Goldilocks, I will say that the Isle Royale Jr. was perfectly designed but too heavy. The No. 3 Utility Pack was a reliable companion on extended trips abroad but too big for a weekend and not suited for trail use (although the tump line I added helped). The Knapsack was well designed except for the adjustable D-rings, which IMHO don’t belong on any classic pack. The Geologist Pack has traveled everywhere with me and, although I don’t love the exterior pocket fasteners, which are fashionable but not functional, it’s a lot of pack in a compact design. But this—the classic single-compartment Summit Pack—what a dream!
It’s like a perfect pair of shoes that fits from the moment you first slip them on. It’s a BIG pack—not unlike the old Lowe Klettersack I used for years on overnights…except that this one won’t ever wear out from normal use. The straps are comfortable and not too bulky (stick with the canvas unless you’re going with the Expedition model). And the O-ring harness positions the pack against your back so snugly that you’ll never feel the absence of a sternum strap or lumbar belt.
Some reviewers felt that the zipper compartment was ill-conceived—too small with shallow gussets. To which I say, get the Summit Expedition if you want a pack that compartmentalizes your kit. This is a perfectly designed, classic single-compartment pack that memorializes the first backpacks ever made. It’s the perfection of a very old idea (i.e., Here’s your bag, use some brain cells in how you pack it, thank you very much).
Brought this as wanted a simple pack for everyday use a lot bigger than you think. Great quality workmanship second to none.great service and delivery
Love the old school look will last a lot longer then modern packs, will easily fit all my stuff that I use on a daily basis, if you thinking of buying one go for it you won’t be disappointed
So far on appearance, I love the rugged look and feel. But it to use on an upcoming Fly Fishing trip, use to use a ice fishing whicker pack and was uncomfortable, will rate again in a couple of weeks, but for now, looks like it will be great and something that will last my lifetime!
Impressed with the old-school look, feel, simplicity and functionality. Love the pack for everyday use as well as those annoying loose items that can litter an otherwise neatly packed canoe. Five stars.
This is a tremendous pack; larger volume than you probably think. It is a quite generous daypack, for when you must cary a lot of gear. It will be very handy on any canoe trip. You can easily fit your stuff for a 3-4 day trip. And you can carry it on without any trouble. With the small size internal basket, I may use on the el Camino de Santiago next year. Very nice straps.
40 years ago I had a very similar pack (known as the Wilderness Experience "Kletter sack") that up 'til now was my lifetime favorite pack. Like many nylon packs, it's internal waterproof layer eventually corroded and crumbled away to nothing. (Still happens with waterproof nylon bags.). Won't happen with the FR Summit. If you get one, you'll love it.