we've been using Ostrom canoe packs for well over 20 years. In fact I have a pack from the early 90's that is fully intact and we still drag around from time to time. We now use the Quetico Canoe packs on all our trips into Quetico and elsewhere. They have held up on trips without a single failure on any stress point. They have even held up to exposure to sun over all that time. They pack well and we would leave home without them
I always associated portage packs with my back being blistered and cut up, rubbed raw over every carry. This past summer my partner and I paddled to Hudson Bay, it took us 60 days and hundreds of trail-less portages. On this trip, I used the Ostrom Quetico pack to haul 90+ pounds of our food. My pack felt nice and snug to my back, the shoulder straps and hip belt were very comfortable, as if it was apart of me. I’m 5’8, 110 pounds, and having a bag I feel confident carrying with makes me excited for the trails of summer.
I’ve had my new Quetico and Winisk packs out on 3 trips this past summer and fall. I am completely satisfied with these Ostrom products. There are plenty of side straps to help adjust the load, a very comfortable waist enclosure and a very secure inner drawstring enclosure that is then covered and securely strapped down with the outer top enclosure. Very nice extras throughout such as the zippered top pocket for items you might need to find quickly like rain gear or a map, and a handy envelope pocket on the side that I used for my saw and 3/4 axe with several handy side straps to secure such items. These packs performed beautifully over long portages. Several well placed grab handles made it easy to handle the packs whether loading and unloading the canoe or lifting them up to assist the carrier at the start of a portage.
The construction appears very solid and the Denier material is rugged and tough. I expect these packs will easily outlast me. Great products and very good value for money.
I was replacing some very old school canvas packs that were beyond repair and I researched the market carefully. The Ostrom packs in my view are the very best packs available. You will not be disappointed. They do exactly what they are supposed to do and they do it well.
The Ostrom Quetico is a lot of pack for the money. Quality, robust materials with unparalleled construction fit and finish. 1000 Denier makes for an incredibly durable and long lasting pack. The closest comparisons lack the adjustability, durability and additional features like the top pocket and grab handles found on the Quetico. The Quetico is a well thought out piece of kit that leaves nothing to be desired. If you are looking for a comfortable, durable, well priced mid-sized pack, the Ostrom Quetico should be at the top of the list.