Field & Stream 40L External Frame Pack

Field & Stream 40L External Frame Pack is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 47.
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Field & Stream 40L External Frame Pack
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Get ready for your next wilderness trek or scouting trip with the Field & Stream® External Frame Pack. Customize your fit with the adjustable shoulder straps, frame length, back pad, sternum strap and hip belt for ultimate comfort during your hike. This pack features a bevy of organizational features, including a front panel pocket, four external pockets, two hip belt accessory pockets and bottom half-moon opening with a daisy chain.


  • Lightweight aluminum frame won’t weigh you down
  • Front-panel loading
  • Frame length can be adjusted from 33”-36”
  • Shoulder straps can be adjusted to three different widths for versatility
  • Adjustable 8”x12” padded back pad
  • Adjustable sternum strap
  • Hip belt can be adjusted to 56”
  • Integral extender bar
  • Front panel pocket with zip cover and grab handle
  • 4 external pockets including 2 mesh water bottle pockets
  • 2 hip belt accessory pockets
  • Internal storage pocket
  • 4-slot lash tab
  • Bottom half moon opening with zipper cover and daisy chain
  • Internal divider with pass-through sides


  • Capacity: 40L/ 2460 cu in
  • Bag dimensions: 20.5” x 14.75”
  • Carry weight: 5 lbs
  • Style #: CEH00886
  • Field & Stream
  • Brand: Field & Stream
  • Country of Origin: United States of America


Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is my overnight backpack A good intermediate pack. I like an external frame pack for overnights, lots of room on top to add a sleeping bag tent or anything else. lighter frames start to get pricey quick. Again, good middle of the road price/performance. It is VERY comfortable on all day hikes. Lots of strap adjustments to make it fit just right with minimal floppy excess straps. The pockets on the belt are great. they are a nice size and easy to get to and easy to open and close with the pack on. The only down side is that there is no pocket for a water bag (camel pack) and the water bottle pockets can not be reached without taking off the pack. I was aware of these before I bought it so it's ok by me.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This pack is durable and comfortable This pack is my favorite of all of the ones I have owned. I'm really hard on things, so that's a pretty extensive list. This pack is fairly big when considering the internal bag space, but when considering the usage of the frame it gets considerably larger. I am a trail guide and need to carry a lot of stuff. I can strap a sleeping system, tent, shovel, axe, and fishing gear on the outside while still maintaining access to the front compartments and external pockets. I overload this thing every time I go out, yet this pack holds true and stays with me on even the toughest trips. If I ever break this pack (which I expect I will at some point) I will be buying another one.
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pack since Nam Before this one the best pack I ever used was an ALICE pack with frame I VN. Since then I have used several internal frame packs. None of them matched the ALICE pack. I thought no one made external frame packs anymore. Then I discovered and bought this pack. I used it all summer (2016). I love it. Great weight distribution and comfort features. Lash extra gear to the pack and/or frame. I did a 12 day treck using it and carrying all the food, clothes, and gear I would need in the pack and on the pack in lashed down stuff sacks. I am 74 and I began my backpacking experience at 18 when I joined the Marines where I stayed for 30 years. Then and since then I have used a dozen packs. This is the best I have ever used.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not exactly what I expected I first became aware of this external frame backpack in a Dick's store in Las Vegas. I tried it on and walked around the store to see how it fit. I decided to buy it online. The pack was $129 in the store, $99 with free shipping on line. However, when it arrived, it was not the same as the one in the store, it was like a smaller version, less padded hip belt and shoulder straps, and it seemed smaller than the one in the store. It was disappointing but still a good pack. I just wish I would have bought the one in the store. This one will work for me for short overnighters, but not much more. This would be a good choice for a smaller person.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boy Scout Perfection! This was purchased for my 11 yr. old son for Scouts. It has proven to be the perfect pack for a youth with room to grow. The external frame expands to accommodate growth, the size allows him to finally pack everything on the recommended list into a single bag that he can still manage. The external frame gives him endless options for attaching additional gear as needed and will allow the bag to continue in functional use well into adulthood. This truly is the perfect Scout bag that will be a purchase to last for many years to come. We have tested the bag on mountain hikes and Scout camping trips it functions wonderfully the well padded shoulder and waste pads maintain comfort and allow for balancing the weight.
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one built backpack The frame is well made, you have the top ledge you can place either heavy tents or other stuff that wouldn't fit in an internal bag and plus you have the bottom area of the frame that also comes in handy to still pack external gear that also wouldn't fit in an internal pack. Hats off to Field & Steam for still making external backpacks because not as many of these around anymore and I think they should still continue to make external frame backpacks because there are many advantages of an external backpack you have over an internal pack, this one wins the test, worth every penny.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product for young scoits Purchased this for my 12 yo Tenderfoot Boy Scout. Adjustable frame allows for different sized boys and can grow with the scout. Fairly light and easy to pack with multiple exposed popes on the frame to hang extra gear.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack I bought this 3 weeks ago and took it out for a 4 day 3 night camping trip to test it out. The two rear access zippers made it very easy to get to my gear. The divider is an awesome feature because it separates the load weight and having the space on the sides for taller items was perfect for my camp chair. I used the bottom half for my mess kit & food. The top half for my hammock gear & clothes. Just a great pack I know i'll enjoy this for years to come.
Date published: 2018-10-28
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