The Canoe Pack Abyss: Comparing the Eureka & Frost River Canoe Packs

I’ve been using the Eureka canoe pack for years and it has served me well I absolutely love it… except for one huge
problem. You get to a portage, the clouds break and you need your sunglasses of
course they’re nowhere to be found I’m always trying to be a little more
organized, so maybe with a few ideas from me and some ideas from you in the
comments below, we might come to something a little better. So first I’m
going to start with this, a Frost River canoe pack. It’s a little smaller as you can see I think it can help us become a little more organized. There we go, we have everything condensed down to a smaller bag, it’s a little narrower.
Everything’s so much easier to find now. Things like my Hubba-Hubba tent are
actually about the same height. We can get things like food bags, clothing, gear… everything fits just perfectly. While the Eureka bag is waterproof but the Frost River isn’t, you can fix the issue with dry bags. It’s a good one two combo, check out the SealLine Blocker bags. They have square bottoms instead of round and
they’ll fit nicely without wasting any space in a bag like this. This is a 20
liter bag and it fits perfectly just like the MSR tent right to the top. As
you can see, much better use my storage space with everything maximized and I
haven’t even let out the buckles yet so if you had more gear to store,
there’s definitely room to spare. This might be more ideal for a solo tripper. If you’re bringing along a friend you might not be able to cram all their gear
in there too. It has some other nice handy features too. A nice hip belt and removable tump line which in this case I’ll probably just
take off for solo trips like this. We’re already into the muted colors of
autumn but both packs are versatile year-round. In fact you can strap them
down to a sled for winter camping to keep all your gear dry and safe but
there’s a few features that the Eureka bag offers that a canvas bag doesn’t…
mainly its waterproofness. I love the location of these handles that’s
something that the canvas bags don’t have. Keeps it very easy to pull your
pack out of your canoe it doesn’t even matter on the
orientation. It might not be the best idea but another thing you can do with
the bag is on incredibly windy day you can empty it out in your canoe fill it
full of water and it becomes an emergency canoeing partner for you to keep the
front end of your canoe down in the wind. So the Eureka bag stood up to all my canoe trips without any issues. In fact I passed someone on a portage once they had the
exact same bag as me and he loved it just mentioned to watch out where you
put any sharp objects like axes or saws. He had a few tears and rips where things
were poking through. That’s something you might not have to worry about on a canvas
bag like this. They’re incredibly durable and well stitched. On this Frost River
bag you can see the amount of care they’ve gone into double stitching,
riveting these brass buckles shows a lot of care. Some nice features about this Timber Cruiser model was the little map pocket in the front so keeps them
always nice and accessible and the two side pockets. In mine I store a fuel bottle
(a full sized one) you probably couldn’t get a Nalgene in there the the top of
is a little tight but that’s enough fuel to keep me going for ages.

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