Totally agree. I don't do much real backpacking anymore (age has caught up with me), but did do a lot in the past and always used the original U.S. Kelty external packframes. Still have two of them - not for sale, but for nostalgia. They held up well under 82 lb loads that included climbing gear for glacier travel with Sinar Norma 4x5. 5x7 and 8x10 are a different story.
Originally Posted by DREW WILEY