ick578- Congrats on the fantastic haul. Glad to hear alot of it is going into your waredrobe.
Nataku knows infinite amounts more about gear then I but in my experience external frame packs can be hard to move. Especially external frame day packs. If you bought it for yourself I would say it is a bargain. I love the colors on that one.
Grabbed this as well because it was $5. Nataku is our local camping supplies expert right? Worth the pickup? USA made, pretty good shape but worn on the inside a bit.
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Point of clarification, this is not a day pack--there is room to strap a sleeping bag/tent below the main compartment and an industrial-grade belt to go around one's middle to stabilize the load. A great buy for the novice backpacker or for someone's kid who is in the Boy Scouts. But it would be tough to flip, I think.
I'm very willing to be corrected on this, but I think that, in most cases, vintage backpacking/back country gear is dicey at best. The reason is, folks who do serious back-country shit want the very best, and the very best is what's lightest, strongest, most waterproof, most breathable, most reliable, etc. That means that technology plays a large role. A coated nylon rain shell with underarm zips and all the bells and whistles that was the cat's pajamas 30-40 years ago isn't worth anything since GoreTex came along. Waxed cotton might be cool among hipsters, and it was once cool for folks who climbed in the Himalayas, but no one is going to wear waxed cotton to go backpacking or climbing today. In my own case, the Raichle leather mountaineering boots I bought a couple decades ago are scoffed at these days, and with good reason: Compared to what is available today, they are heavy, not breathable and not waterproof, even though they are very fine boots that were once used by the world's best alpinists who also eschew wool in favor of synthetics.
There is no room for nostalgia on the trail. That's really what it boils down to. Day packs, I suspect, are an exception. Lowe Alpine, etc, made fine packs for out-and-backs or loop hikes where you don't need to carry much more than lunch, plus a rain shell, sweater and spare socks, and I'm guessing those have held value because they were of such high quality and good design. Plus, yesteryear's top-quality backcountry day pack turns heads on campus.