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#205003 - 11/22/20 09:52 AM Backpacks
Erok Offline
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Registered: 11/22/20
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Loc: mi
So I'm new and haven't quite figured out how to navigate the site all the way yet. Any way. What is everyone's favorite backpack? I'll say for a 2-7 day trip. I have a mess of kids so I can only have one pack at a time. I chose the the ula circuit. I love that pack.


Thanks Erok

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#205094 - 12/16/20 07:12 AM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erok]
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Registered: 01/24/12
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Loc: WV
I've had a Kelty Red Cloud for a long time. It is a 5600 C.I. pack and is about 5 pounds empty. It will carry a huge load and is durable. Obviously not into the ultra light philosophy.

I don't get time to get out into the woods as frequently as I used to so when I head out it's usually a week or more so I gotta carry a lot. Not a huge mileage guy anymore just head out sans schedule other then when I gotta be home.

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#205095 - 12/16/20 09:10 AM Re: Backpacks [Re: tramp]
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I like Deuter packs, but for the last 5 years or so I've leaned more toward the lightweight Osprey packs. They just seem to fit me a bit better - and when it comes to packs, fit is everything. For me, Deuter missed a perfect fit by the tiniest of margins - but I know that there's at least one other member here who is just the opposite: Deuter is a perfect fit, and Ospreys fall short. So it's a highly personal thing.

At 70, I've seriously lightened my load (and limited my trips to fit the load I can carry - no more weeklong trips, no more below-freezing camping.) I've used, and liked, the Osprey Atmos 50 (my last "heavy load" pack - great fit, way overkill after I lightened the load from 25 pounds to 15 pounds), Kestrel 48 (but it wasn't a perfect fit, and had too many features I didn't use), Exos 48 (ideal for my needs), and am now using its ultralight sibling the Levity 45 (a pound lighter, no frills, and a near-perfect fit for me.)

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#205110 - 12/23/20 08:16 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erok]
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Get a huge pack. If weight is the only difference, why not have more space than less? Especially with kids. If you get a small pack, you will just end up with a bunch of stuff strapped to the outside. Ji. I have a Kelty White Cloud. 7,000 inches, modular, strips down to 28
ounces in the lightest mode. Works in the winter for the big sleeping bag and cold weather ggear too. Jim
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#205135 - 01/05/21 12:37 AM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erok]
Jebsmith Offline
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My favorite is the osprey mutant 38. Osprey is a well known brand which is one of the reasons I first bought it. It has awesome features like hip belts and a helmet carrier. It can hold a lot of gear but can also be stripped down to a lightweight bundle. Hope this helps.


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