When i was a boy, Graves was a hero of mine and has been one of the major influences in my bushcrafting style to this day!I don't have knowledge of the Paddy Pallin packs but I thought I would share a story. I was at a Christmas BBQ and talking to one of the women and telling her that I was into bushcraft & camping. She told me that Paddy and her father were friends, back when Paddy was a clerk in some office, and that they were keen on camping etc. Paddy got it into his head to try and make backpacks more waterproof and she can remember them having big vats of liquid that they experimented with by dunking the material in to make the, hpoefully waterproof, packs. So that's how it all started. Then she told me that her father wrote bushcraft books - turns out her father was Richard Graves. See http://www.chrismolloy.com/page.php?u=p131 to find out more about him.
We have said that we will go camping together some time so I'm looking forward to the campfire conversations.
When i was a boy, Graves was a hero of mine and has been one of the major influences in my bushcrafting style to this day!
i think that paddy made pack is very similar to the german and czech rucksacks
here is a link to a video, the guy shows us his vintage paddy made rucksack...woods...
That looks fantastic. What are your thoughts on it? Is it comfortable with a reasonable load?
Is like a lot of older style pack I used in that it can be hard on the shoulder.Is maybe one of the best looking packs out there but maybe not for a multi day walks.More use for a go to the bush set up base camp for a few days carrying a fair bit of gear. For that kind of trip or canoe trips its perfect.
Welcome to have a borrow sometime mate...