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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » Backcountry Toobin'

Backcountry Toobin'

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1 Backcountry Toobin' on Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:02 am


Hey all, to preface I have read through a couple posts already about the backpack straps some of you have used ( and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and I know most of you it seems are only in saltwater and walking on flat ground.

I bought the Outcast straps for my FishCat Deluxe, and have been hiking it up to lakes here in Utah. The wider and semi-padded straps help a ton since I'm usually hiking at least a couple miles. Hit the 4 mile mark the other day on the way up and I was about to lose my mind with the squeaking between the clips and D-rings which are all plastic (and I am waiting for them to break on the trail lol).

Does anyone have experience putting a tube on an external frame pack? I'm thinking I may dig up one of my old A.L.I.C.E. frame packs from my Army days, and somehow rigging it on there. I eventually want to be able to pack my tube AND my overnight gear, these day trips aren't long enough!!!

2 Re: Backcountry Toobin' on Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:16 am


I pack mine. The straps on float tubes really aren't designed to do anything beyond a mile. I have some pack straps I clip on if I'm doing anything beyond a quarter mile.

A frame pack is the way to go if you're going to do any distance. I have a number of the old frames I picked up at thrift stores. You can lash just about anything to them. Just remember as a guy you need to carry the weight high on the pack.

As for carrying your tube and overnight need to go minimalist. Break the tube down. Separate the bladders so you can roll and compact everything. I recommend a soft pack (frameless) that is designed to carry 3+ days supplies. Around the 2000 cu. in. size.

You'll need to go minimalist with your camping equipment as well. Bivy sack instead of a tent. Or just sleep under the stars.

I miss my mountains. I was a Mountain Guide in Washington state. If I were close I'd love to go with you.

3 Re: Backcountry Toobin' on Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:40 pm


i posted  some pics of my buddies gear for a short 6mi overnight trip to a Sierra's lake.  Like Bigfish mentioned, think packing is an easier way.
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And in this thread, my buddy supsurfer, explains a little more in detail about packs.
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