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Explorer Pack by Cooke Custom Sewing (CCS)

Explorer Pack

Product Description

The Explorer pack is an excellent pack for solo tripping. The Hybrid series takes the utility of a traditional canoeing pack and then incorporates all the best comfort features of a backpacking style pack including: a padded foam back, contoured shoulder straps with a sternum strap, a padded hip belt, and load lifters on the shoulder straps and hip belt to snug the load close to your body. Extra grab loops make it easy to lift in and out of a canoe. Short torso models are also available. Will fit into most solo canoes.

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Approx. Price:
$199.00 (Click Price to View Any Changes)
Cooke Custom Sewing (CCS)
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02/07/2010 03:07PM
this is my first CCS pack and has not been on a trip yet. chosing this small pack has forced me to downsize my gear choices...a good thing.

a very high quality product.

i would like to see one change made though. i believe there should be 4 compression straps per side, not 3. imo there is too much space uncompressed with just 3 straps.

great pack.
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10/25/2010 09:59PM
Great size and the quality is exceptional. The pocket on the flap is huge and perfect for tent and rain gear.
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12/12/2010 08:23PM
I love these CCS packs,
I have all of them. That gives me the opportunity to utilize the size I need based on the gear I need. I also use them all when we have a bigger group. I use the Rucksack for solo's and put my Bear Vaults in there, and odds and ends. I use the Explorer for Solo for Gear or Sometimes the Pioneer. The Guide is HUGE...If you get one of those, you will have lots of room and the problem will be ,,,who is going to carrry it!
CCS makes good stuff and they Rock!
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07/20/2011 11:49PM
I've had this pack on 3 BWCA trips. Pack is very comfortable, having used it to carry loads of 35-45lbs. and shows no hints of wear and tear.

As far as what fits (for me):
- Clothing/Camp Shoes for 3 plus odds-n-ends or,
- Also used to carry a 3-man tent, two 2-man tents, 4 sleeping pads (2 Big Agnes, 2 traditional Thermarests), CCS Tarp, and a few odd-n-ends, or
- This will also hold a couple BearVaults side by side with a fair amount of room on top.

The top zipper compartments are nice for stashing rain gear or quick access items. All in all a very nice pack.