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#171050 - 10/29/12 09:18 AM Re: Backpack [Re: OregonMouse]
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Registered: 06/25/11
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Loc: Texas...for now
"Hopefully without the three-year-old, unless he's part of your pack load!"

Actually she is quite the trooper. She hikes all the way to the camp sites, which are generally ~2 miles in. No extreme terrain, but hilly, and she's been carrying her clothes and a stuffed animal in a kid's backpack that's a little big for her (getting her the REI Sprig 12 - she is big for her age, closer to a 5 yr old in height). The child carrier has been retired for the most part.

She just walks a little slow and needs to investigate everything! But that's great, except when we're late and it's getting dark too fast!
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#171055 - 10/29/12 10:51 AM Re: Backpack [Re: rodwha]
billstephenson Offline
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That's great!

I used to take my daughter on day hikes all the time. When she got to be around 5 she started complaining that she didn't want to go, but she complained about most anything at that age so I completely ignored her and two minutes into our hikes she was loving it. Of course, she'd complain when we had to leave too wink

She's 27 now, and she borrowed my sleeping bag and pad for a backpack/climbing trip she took over the weekend. I'll call her just a little bit to complain that she was supposed to return them last night wink

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#171057 - 10/29/12 11:24 AM Re: Backpack [Re: finallyME]
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Yup, one-time membership fee. I'm not saying how much I paid for mine, but it was long enough ago that it probably wouldn't cover a double-cappuccino today.

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Unless REI has changed policy, the membership fee is for life. I bought a membership fee in 2000 and haven't paid since. In fact, I don't even remember paying a fee. I am still a member and receive the yearly dividend.
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#171060 - 10/29/12 12:15 PM Re: Backpack [Re: rodwha]
rjones Offline
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Dont have a lot of experience with it yet, but so far I like my Golite! Have you checked into those?

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#171086 - 10/29/12 09:29 PM Re: Backpack [Re: Rick_D]
oldranger Offline
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Registered: 02/23/07
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Time for some unabashed bragging. I paid $2.00 for my REI membership. I have a five digit membership number. If I had joined when I first heard of REI, it would be four digits....

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#171088 - 10/29/12 10:11 PM Re: Backpack [Re: oldranger]
Pika Offline
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Yeah, I'll brag a bit too. I paid two bucks for mine in about 1951. My number is four digits starting with five. When I joined, the entire operation was in a room about the size of a two car garage upstairs from the Green Apple Pie restaurant on Pike Street. The headquarters of the Seattle Mountaineers was just across the hall from what was then called "The Co-op". The first time I heard of REI I didn't know what the person was talking about. One guy I used to do a lot of climbing with when I lived in the PNW had a number about 2100 and another was around 3500. Both of them are still alive but not active in climbing or backpacking any more. A low number used to give it's holder the presumed right to make comments such as "Kid, I've worn out more boots than you have socks" and similar professed claims to great experience.


Edited by Pika (10/29/12 10:20 PM)
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#171089 - 10/29/12 10:13 PM Re: Backpack [Re: rjones]
rodwha Offline
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I have not heard of Golite packs. Only their tents. Obviously worth looking into... Do they make a large capacity (65+ liters) with a sleeping bag compartment? Do they sell them through REI?
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#171107 - 10/30/12 10:53 AM Re: Backpack [Re: rodwha]
rjones Offline
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No, I don't think they sell through REI. Check their site - www.golite.com. They do have great customer service and a lifetime warranty. They do have a 65L and a 80L. I have the 65L and like I said I don't have a lot of use out of it yet, but it's been great so far. I don't think they have a separate sleeping bag compartment, mine doesn't anyway. AND the price is hard to beat. My 65L was 100.00!! And FYI I just got some goretex rain pants from them for 60.00! Anyway check them out.

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#171117 - 10/30/12 02:31 PM Re: Backpack [Re: Pika]
Happy Birthday Glenn Roberts Offline
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Being somewhat twisted and perverse (perverse, not "perverted"), the only two comebacks I could think of were:

"So, were you an early adopter of fire when it came out?"

"So, do you think those upstart MSR stoves have a snowball's chance of ever replacing the Svea?"

Sorry, couldn't resist. smile (My number is low 7 digits.)

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#171118 - 10/30/12 03:27 PM Re: Backpack [Re: Glenn Roberts]
Pika Offline
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Well Glen, I'm still not convinced that fire is here to stay and what the heck is a Svea, some sort of newfangled torch?

In fact, the only thing a low Co-op number means is that you are old!grin
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#171119 - 10/30/12 03:41 PM Re: Backpack [Re: Pika]
aimless Offline
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Loc: Portland, OR
the only thing a low Co-op number means is that you are old!

crikey! i'm in the low six digits. but my local REI store had some sort of contest to see which customer had the lowest number and I wasn't anywhere close. whew! smile

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#171121 - 10/30/12 03:53 PM Re: Backpack [Re: rodwha]
Ken S Offline
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Registered: 10/26/12
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Loc: Saint Charles, MO
Not that I'm that old, but I can remember having an email address on this site long ago. I think it was ken@backpackinglite.net or ken@litebackpacking.net. Something like that. I think it was in about 1998.

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#171170 - 10/31/12 09:36 AM Re: Backpack [Re: rjones]
rodwha Offline
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Loc: Texas...for now
Their Quest backpacks don't come in a medium. They'd be too big for me as I have a 16.5" torso and 31" waist. Even the women's pack wouldn't work.

I like the minimal weights and the prices.
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#171180 - 10/31/12 11:25 AM Re: Backpack [Re: rodwha]
rjones Offline
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Keep checking back with them, it seems like they get different sizes periodically, maybe as they build them?

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#171412 - 11/04/12 03:44 PM Re: Backpack [Re: Glenn Roberts]
JPete Offline
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Loc: Eastern Ontario
Glen, Knowing your age, I really feel OLD, my number is only six digits and fairly low at that. waaaa best, jcp

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#171417 - 11/04/12 05:04 PM Re: Backpack [Re: rodwha]
lori Offline
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Registered: 01/22/08
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Originally Posted By rodwha
I have not heard of Golite packs. Only their tents. Obviously worth looking into... Do they make a large capacity (65+ liters) with a sleeping bag compartment? Do they sell them through REI?


Golite packs have no frame. Therefore, if you have 70 liters of stuff and it weighs 25 lbs or less, or, you are really extremely good at packing so that the pack balances properly on the hip belt so you're comfortable wearing it while hiking, go for it.

Good luck with that. :p
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#171419 - 11/04/12 05:15 PM Re: Backpack [Re: lori]
Pika Offline
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Loc: Rural Southeast Arizona
Quote:
Golite packs have no frame.


My GoLite Quest has both a frame sheet and stays. It weighs just under 3 pounds and has a capacity of about 4000 cubic inches (66 liters). It also has an excellent suspension system and is comfortable with loads up to about 45 pounds. I use this pack more than any other I have and will be sad frown when it wears out.

While my Quest was purchased in 2007, I believe that GoLite still makes this pack although I think the current incarnation is a bit heavier. My Quest has over 1000 miles of fairly hard use behind it and is still in good, though scuffed, condition.
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#171422 - 11/04/12 05:47 PM Re: Backpack [Re: Pika]
lori Offline
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Frame sheet and stays isn't the same, as my friend found out loading nearly 30 lbs in one... she was miserable. I don't think her pack (bought this year) had stays. Not sure but I believe it was the Pinnacle. She got it because she thought it would be like her older Golite pack, and it wasn't.
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#171426 - 11/04/12 06:19 PM Re: Backpack [Re: lori]
DTape Offline
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Registered: 11/23/07
Posts: 666
Loc: Upstate NY
Some Golites are frameless, some have framesheets, some have stays, some have both framesheets and stays. I have an older LiteSpeed which has both a framesheet and stays.

I have a Pinnacle as well which is frameless except for the foam, which doesn't do much. Golite doesn't make the Pinnacle anymore (nor do they make the Peak)... sort of. Instead they placed them into the Jam line. So now the Jam (another frameless) has 3 different volumes. The frameless golites as other frameless packs require the packing to be just right, and as the weight increases, they do not carry well. fortunately they use a sleeve for the foam pad, and one can also use that sleeve to place a framesheet and/or stays. I use my stays from my Mariposa when needed.
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#171433 - 11/04/12 07:19 PM Re: Backpack [Re: JPete]
Happy Birthday Glenn Roberts Offline
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Don't feel too bad; I didn't join until the early 80s.

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#171439 - 11/04/12 09:06 PM Re: Backpack [Re: Pika]
DJ2 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/02
Posts: 1348
Loc: Seattle, WA
Pika,

If my math is right you joined REI as a teenager?

If so were your parents also members? If not, what prompted you to join?

dj2

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#171464 - 11/05/12 08:14 AM Re: Backpack [Re: DJ2]
Pika Offline
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Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 1814
Loc: Rural Southeast Arizona
Your math is right.

My parents were not members nor were they particularly interested in mountaineering. Both loved fishing and when they were younger would backpack in order to get to good fishing. This was my introduction to backpacking, starting in 1947.

I lived in southern California until I was about 13 and learned basic rock climbing from a scoutmaster who had served with the 10th Mountain Division during WW-II. I loved it! When we moved to Seattle, I got started with the Mountaineers and their climbing course. This was the start of my nearly lifelong love of the mountains. It was through the Seattle Mountaineers that I was introduced to the Co-op (now REI). The Co-op was one of the few places one could purchase climbing gear.
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#171529 - 11/06/12 09:59 AM Re: Backpack [Re: Pika]
DJ2 Offline
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Loc: Seattle, WA
Wow, 65 years of hiking. Pretty cool.

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