Get a padded hip belt at the Army surplus then the Alice pack with frame works real good. The hip belt allows your legs to take the weight; that saves your shoulders and back.
Although I lived with an Alice pack for over 21 years, I can not recall what the space behind the side pockets were for - maybe skis?
All I know is what I read on the internet. ~update to Will Rodgers.
Last edited by Lancel; November 9, 2009 at 04:35 PM.