Are there any recommendations for backpacks that can accommodate tools for trail maintenance? I will NOT be using chainsaw, so it will be largely hand tools (saws , clippers, hammer, nails), paint for blazing and batteries for Ego tools (e.g., string trimmer).
I would recommend you pull all the tools and gears needed together first. Then you can determine the size of the pack that would be needed. Consider the number of day's you may be out and the hiking gear needed for that. Once that is done, look for packs made from VERY durable materials that includes the storage the way you like it. Alternatively, if your on a budget you could stop by a army surplus store and pick up something that will work. We appreciate the trail maintainers!
I would give serious consideration to a rigid frame pack. Tools can be lashed down and you can attach a small pack that will hold your personal stuff (water and lunch, etc).
Great advice. These will be day hikes only, so the pack does not need to be very large, in fact something on the small size is probably better. Your point is well taken.
Hi @rob009 . Another "Rob" here.
In addition to what has been suggested so far, that type of equipment, especially the batteries, can get pretty heavy, so, aside from wanting something durable, you want something that carries the weight well on your back. Find something with a good, supportive hip-belt so the majority of the weight is distributed to your hips, rather than pulling on your shoulders.
Trust me n this, I know of what I speak. Last September I went on a Paw-Paw picking excursion and used one of my lighter weight packs with no hip belt. I made this choice so I wouldn't get juice and aroma all over my "good" day pack. Well, Paw-Paws can get pretty heavy after filling my 20L pack. By the time I got back to my Jeep, it felt like my shoulders would rip out of their sockets.
I am a fan of the Osprey Stratus line. Heavy fabric; suspended mesh back panel; good, supportive hip-belt.
Good luck in your search, and thank you for the trail maintenance!