Be nice if they could find a way to dye Specrtra. Bet that then there would be a lot of pack fabricators that would use it B/C they KNOW there are those of us who'd ante up the $$$ to buy it. White is "my color" only if I'm joining the ski troops.
I use Spectra core line on my sea kayak. Very strong stuff - obviously, if it's 5X stronger than Kevlar, which is what my sea kayak is made from.
"There are no comfortable backpacks. Some are just less uncomfortable than others."
Where is JimShaw indeed! I was figuring there would be a link to pictures JS had posted.
If you got one of these, could you soak it in a bucket of tea to dye it a dirty brown color? __________________________________________________________ Who?
no you can't dye spectra, it doesn't even get dirty cause when it gets rained on or sits in the snow, the dirt falls off.
I bought my white cloud (with blue trim) in 1988, and I ordered it through REI to get a 10% rebate. It was $500, had a real titanium stay and I had serial number 40. Later I bought another one from a climbing shop of the same age - I sold it too a backpacking buddy who still has it, and I am trying to get it back.
The water proof lining came out like dandruff (waterproffing didn't stick to it tooo well either) on all of my gear, but Kelty gave me a new cloud 6500 modular pack. Wow the original white cloud was one piece and weighed 51 ounces. The new one can be used in a 29 ounce state, or beefed up including moulded plastic back stiffener. The waist bands are replaceable, the pockets easily come off as does the top pocket and it has an optional winter piece that holds a shovel and maybe a jacket. DEFINITELY AN E TICKET.
These are my own opinions based on wisdom earned through many wrong decisions. Your mileage may vary.
weasel.com is my site. There is far more info about spectra packs, and kelty spectra packs. See http://www.weasel.com/gear_pack.html for an index of all my pack reviews. You will note that 5 different kelty spectra packs are for sale. Not for $20 however.
Spectra can be dyed grey. Not worth it in my opinion. When my packs get dirty, I wash them in a bathtub, and that takes almost all types of dirt off.