Alpenlite Internal Frame backpack – Ventura, California

22 Sep

You are looking at a nice Alpenlite internal frame pack. Alpinlite, I believe originated in Claremont, California and plenty examples of earlier goods can be found bearing that city name under their mountainous logo. Based on this design and the city of Ventura, I would guess it’s a later label circa late 70s or 80s. Similar to some JanSport packs this Alpenlite maintains a day pack type look and feel, in a larger reinforced package.

This pack has an interesting ‘X’ braced frame structure and suspended strap rigging. Pack construction consists of one large main compartment, two side canister type pockets, one front pocket on the flap of the main compartment, and a small top pocket above the shoulder straps. I added the red lashings I had lying around and they will come with it. My guess is the original would have been yellow like that of the loop. It’s a little hard to tell in the photos but the bottom is khaki, loop is yellow which make for a nice color combo. Leather lashings top and bottom with the metal D rings on the front. padded waist strap as well.



Small Gerry Day Pack

9 Sep

Neat little late 70s early 80s Gerry day pack. Single main top zip compartment with leather pull-stays. Front zip bellowed compartment. Single contrasting blue seat belt webbing shoulder strap with gold nylon lower strap. Perfect for packing in your overnight bag for a day trip.

Measures about:
15″ high
11″ wide at bottom
7.5″ wide at top
5″ deep

The North Face Bullfrog Two Man Backpacking Tent

20 Aug

1980s The North Face Bullfrog tent.  This is a later “brown label” model, a label that was used into the early mid eighties. I would classify the tent as a two-man, three season tent. Tent is a three pole free-standing tent. Sometimes referred to as a “bent pole” model as the shock cord poles are not perfectly straight when linked together. Two poles crisscross from the corners with another looping from side to side around the front for an easy yet sturdy structure. The rain fly includes a decent size vestibule. Zippered opening into the vestibule and through the fly screen and nylon door. Inside venting flaps are closed by Velcro in a weight saving exercise.

Tent measures:
94″ head to toe
45″ high at entrance
54″ wide at entrance

Weighs approximately:
6 lbs.

1950’S “Cossacks” Wool Car Club Jacket

18 Aug

The base is a Golden Bear, wool varsity style jacket. Faded burgundy patterned nylon lining, ribbed elastic cuffs, hem and collar. The jacket itself is a dark green with white snaps and accents. Would be a pretty cool jacket to have on its own, but that’s just the base. A fully embroidered back piece let’s you know this dude was one bad ass Cossack. Big top rocker spells it our for you in a cool font. The C trails off in the shape of a Cossack sword called the Shashka. Below that a real fierce-looking fella rides into glory, sword drawn, jockeying a V8 like a horse. Bottom rocker reads “Hayward Calif”. Chain stitched on the front left breast is “Jim”. Under that reads “FoMoCo” indicating this was a Ford squad, or at least Jim was partial to them.

I can’t find any information on the Cossacks car club. I am almost certain there is no relationship to the now famed motorcycle gang. Judging by this jacket, the car club predated the MC by quite a few years.



Gerry leather Bottom Day Pack

6 Aug

Early to mid 70s Gerry leather bottom backpack. Two compartments, stacked in the so-called “tear drop” fashion. Sturdy strap construction with thick padded shoulder straps and large D ring /leather top attachment. This model could be considered transitional from the earlier era of felt padded and leather straps. Front lashing with original nylon strap for holding poles or axes. Waist strap features the innovative Gerry two-pronged buckle.

Gerry External Frame Backpack – Early, Leather Bottom Model- Boulder, CO

8 Jun

Early Gerry external frame pack. This pack bears the Gerry Boulder, Colorado label and denotes production prior to the company being purchased by Outdoor Sports Corporation. This pack exhibits many of the common traits that came to dominate external frame pack construction in the 1970s up through the 1980s, but has its differences. The white leather bottom for instance is a great touch and common for construction of day packs which are often sat on the ground, but the added weight of the leather and lack of need for a toughened bottom would mean it was a feature not built to last. Secondly the one main compartment could make getting to what you needed on the trail difficult if packed incorrectly. This one large compartment construction would soon give way to more compartmentalized construction. (Gerry’s later Vagabond pack would take compartmentalized to whole new levels). The primitive waist strap is also an area later designs would improve upon. Though this bag does feature the patented buckle design it bolts directly to the frame and does not form a full padded belt. This is before the notion of “shoulder the load with your hips”

Beyond its shortcomings the pack is still beautifully designed and constructed. There are four canister style side pockets with leather pull tabs (missing on one). The bag is constructed of 100% nylon which was probably still somewhat exotic in its time. Padded shoulder straps. There’s also a pretty ingenious handle built into the frame.

The label is marked ‘Second’ meaning they found there was something wrong enough with it to not be sold as new, or possibly it was a prototype model later sold as a second. A small tag above the label has it sized a medium. Definitely a cool bag for any collection or use for its intended purpose.

Vintage National Park Service Windbreaker Jacket

13 May

*Apologies if you were watching this on eBay. Apparently it’s illegal to sell there and the listing was pulled shortly before it ended.

National Park Service windbreaker. Picked up in Colorado, it may be from one of a number of national parks, but the closest being Rocky Mountain National Park.

Very lightweight, made of single layer nylon. Jacket features a stowaway hood, which can be rolled up and secured via loops and buttons around the lightly padded collar. Two zip close front pockets. Nylon draw cord at waist and hood. YKK main zipper.

Embroidered patch is stitched on to left sleeve. Patch measures about 3.75″ tall by 3″ across and is in nice shape.

Jacket is in nice shape save for a couple small holes in the back bottom of the jacket, most likely from sitting or leaning up against something.

Marked size larger

24″ top of zip to hem
21.5″ pit to zip
24″ pit to pit

Duofold Norse-Net Insulated Long Underwear

12 May

No this isn’t some new fetish man-gerie suit. Duofold’s Norse-Net was a Scandinavian-style knit underwear popular in the late 60s early 70s. It claimed to provide maximum ventilation in warm weather, maximum insulation when air spaces are sealed by close-fitting outer garments in cold weather.

The ad in the photos is taken out of Backpacker Magazine Issue 3, Fall, 1973.

Vintage Waist Packs

5 May

Hine Snowbridge – One of the great old labels from Colorado. This is a large pack measures about 17″ around the waist 6″ high top to bottom. 5″ deep. YKK zips, large metal clasp waist.

Exit Expeditions International – Not familiar with this label and have not seen it anywhere else. This late 70s or 80s pack features Ideal zips, large Fastex clamp waist. Clean and in good shape

Maran – Popular maker of packs of all sizes in the early to mid 1970s. Smaller pack than the hine or exit. 12″ across waist 5″ high 3 1/2″ deep. Unique design with the YKK zipper across the top. Seatbelt nylon waist strap with interlocking metal buckle. Clean, nice shape

Mark Pack Works – Albany CA.Little known about this maker and a seldom seen label. Medium size pack 13″ across waist, 6″ high 4.5″ deep. Has one main compartment with two internal compartments and removable foam which helps the pack keep its shape. Two side pockets, one on each strap arm. Skinny seatbelt nylon strap with small Fastex clip. C&C zippers

Famous Trails – A prolific maker out of San Diego California and contemporary to Kelty. This medium waist pack measures about 11.5″ across the waist, 6.5″ high top to bottom. 5″ deep. Awesome color combo of brown and cream. Features one main compartment with two smaller side pockets. Ideal zippers, large Fastex clasp waist. Full color Famous Trails label pops.



USAF Arctic Survival Suit Overcoat

15 Apr

Here is a cool, warm rather, piece of militaria. You are looking at a USAF Arctic Survival Suit or overcoat. If you have an interest in this item, you’re probably a little more familiar with it than I am. I picked it up thinking it was an early outdoor gear piece used in cold weather expeditions and was probably made by Gerry or one of the other companies of the day. It was not until further investigation that I found the printed label inside the left breast of the garment. Here is what that reads:

Overcoat, Survival, Arctic, SRU-6/P
MIL-O-27525 (USAF)
Order No. DSA 100-70-C-1986
Stock No. 8415-890-2021
Anti-Cold Insulated Clothing Inc.

There’s also instructions for use printed on the left sleeve which indicate this item would have been in packaging on the aircraft until it was needed.

After some tinkering with what at first appears to be a sleeping bag with arms I found that the over coat is just that, and more. The garment can actually be worn as an over coat, shortened to a waist coat or turned into a suit by breaking the back of the coat along the snap and velcro seems and forming legs. Other images I have uncovered on the internet suggest that this piece would be complete with a pair of down boots and mittens, which I do not have.

The piece is made from light rip-stop nylon and stuffed with loads of prime down. The piece is truly expedition weight, compared to a sleeping bag I would say it has a 0 degree if not below rating. all the seems on the front and back are both snap and Velcro Equally insulated hood with snorkel type closure around the face. Cuffs at the end of arms can also be completely sealed off. Leather tabs at all stress points. White nylon tabs inside around the waist are for securing the garment to your belt inside to get the length right. My inital guess on the age of this piece was the 1960s, but it may be later than that. Not sure if the 1986 in the order no is an indication of production date but I could see that being the case. This is a pretty simple design that may have served the USAF for decades.



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