I've started hiking with my banjo. I figure it's a good way to train for backpacking as I get some weight on my back and it's fun when I take a break, but I'm not thrilled with my gig bag for this purpose. It's clearly not built for the purpose. I don't imagine there are any gig bags out there that really are, but I'd like something with better straps, and a bit more pocket space for water bottles and extra clothes. I've actually got an old child carrying backpack (my children have outgrown it) that I'm toying with trying to modify for the purpose. Has anyone here got a banjo hiking setup that they're happy with?
Gregory Mountain Products in Utah did some nice custom work for me back in the early ‘90s.
I've always seen those light gig bags with pack straps. I think you on a good track with the the Kelty carrier or old military ALICE pack frame.
Look at the ones by Protec, Boulder and Access Stage One, they all seem pretty sturdy fabric/padding/stitching, roomy (too roomy for a openback, since mine's meant to fit a resonator), backpack straps. This is what i have amazon.com/Protec-Banjo-Gig-Ba...0002CZTRA
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