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Camp Trails Adjustable II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

Camp Trails is no longer in business, and the Adjustable II has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best external frame backpacks for 2024.

photo: Camp Trails Adjustable II external frame backpack

For entry-level backpackers, and for those who like to get by without paying much for equipment, I really recommend this pack. It isn't too fancy, and if you're out for several days, it isn't the most comfortable either. But, they sell today for around $50 I think, and they are just real solid.

The design has changed little over the years, and so it's tried and true. I've owned mine for almost 10 years, and have carried it several hundred miles. It has gone down into the Grand Canyon and I've carried it through passes in the Rockies over 13,000 feet. I found that it does help a lot to add a sternum strap.

Design: traditional external
Size: 2930 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 45 pounds?
Height of Owner: 5' 7"
Price Paid: $70

Camp Trails is the under-rated champion of solid, versatile backpacks. The Adjustable II lives up to the Camp Trails U.S.-made tradition of reliability and ruggedness.


  • Capacity (both inner and outer)
  • Rugged construction/materials
  • Intuitive design
  • U.S.-made


  • Padding on straps a little thin for heavy loads

Two, 20"-long, zippered, vertical pouches on either side of the main compartment are ideal for fly and tent poles in one, tent body and pegs in the other. An extender bar is made (maybe hard to get, now?) so that you can lash your pad horizontally to it, over the main compartment.

The main compartment is only a single space (no separator), but that suits me fine. The straps and waist belt could be more cushioned, but it is nothing that a roll of duct tape won't cure.

Mine got stolen out of my tent when I went away for a day, and now I use the Camp Trails Scout, but the Adjustable II is a great pack.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79

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Reviewers Paid: $70.00-$79.00

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