BWCA.com Gear Guide
Gear for the Boundary Waters, Quetico, and Canoe Camping Locations
Pioneer Pack by Cooke Custom Sewing (CCS)
The Pioneer pack is excellent for tandem 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.
Reviews for Pioneer Pack
I highly recommend a CCS Hybrid pack to start or upgrade your pack system.
It is high quality, very durable and well constructed. It adjusts well and holds lots of gear.
I may have Dan add a couple of D rings to the top flap so I can lash down a bear vault or other items.
As far as what fits (for me):
- 4-man tent, 3 sleeping bags, 3 sleeping pads, tarp, and misc. small items
- 2 BearVaults, 10x16x12 container, small soft sided cooler, kitchen equipment
The top zipper compartments are nice for stashing rain gear or quick access items. All in all a very nice pack.
They had zero complaints. We could load them with as much gear as they realistically could carry. We also got the optional pockets, which were nice for keeping the often-used items at hand, (maps, hats, sunscreen, etc.).
Straps, buckles, etc., are all top notch, they were easy to adjust for each user. I believe we'll get many, many years of use out of these.