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Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
summit pack recommendations on 08/21/2009 22:26:08 MDT Print View

I'm looking at the Marmot Kompressor, Mountain Hardwear scrambler (old model), North Face Flyweight

these are roughly the same weight ~ 10 oz, the scrambler offers the largest volume ~ 1600, the Kompressor the least ~ 900

others I should be looking at? opinions on any of the above?

the pack will serve as a stuff sack as well

thanks in advance


Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Summit Pack on 08/21/2009 22:39:43 MDT Print View

Golite Ion which is approx. 10oz.

If you are looking for a dry sack, compression sack, stuff sack, what about the Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger at 9.2 oz:

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
OR peakbagger on 08/22/2009 09:19:23 MDT Print View

that looks like a nice option- wouldn't have to worry about your sleeping bag getting wet using that as the stuff sack

also found this- oware "daypack/stuff sack"

1050 cu in, 2.9 oz- pretty light :)

(HighAltitude) - F
REI on 08/22/2009 20:35:36 MDT Print View

A REI flash 18 would work.


1,100 ci


I have seen some that are trimmed down to 7-8 ounces.

rei flash 18

I have last years model which only has one daisy chain down the middle and it weighs a couple ounces less. There must be other changes to account for the weight difference.

Edited by HighAltitude on 08/22/2009 20:38:27 MDT.

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Re: REI on 08/23/2009 20:06:20 MDT Print View

I also prefer the cousin to the REI Flash; the REI Zip Travel pack.

It has bottle pockets, a lid, and packs down (not at its own stuff sack, though).

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
Patagonia Travel Pack. on 08/24/2009 18:44:55 MDT Print View

I've got one of these, and I really like it: Patagonia Travel Pack. Expensive, but I waited for a sale. Folds up small and doubles as a compression sack. It's 15 oz according to the website, but it holds pretty much everything I need for a peak bag in good weather.

Their website lists it at 1647 cu in. Dunno, but that seems a bit bigger than what I've got, but mine is an older model ('07).

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
lots of options on 08/24/2009 20:20:40 MDT Print View

both the REI packs look very viable options, the Patagonia looks nice as well (a little heavier than some of the others posted though)

I found this one- pretty spartan (well quite spartan actually :)), but very, very light @ 4.5 oz

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
summit pack recommendations on 08/24/2009 21:05:42 MDT Print View

I literally just sold and mailed off my MH Scrambler today. I kept my REI Flash. It is a pretty nice summit pack for the price and if you are an organization nut you will like all the pockets.

Flash on the way to White

Fred eric
(Fre49) - MLife

Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
summit pack : on 08/24/2009 23:08:29 MDT Print View

summit packsum pack

31g and plenty of room for 2.
we used it in Greenland and for a little weight penalty over my usual sleeping bag pack : +20G we could use this pack for short trip fishing etc.
the pack is much longer than wide but it was on purpose so it would be stable using only one shoulder strap diagonally, i needed the pack lenght to be close to my back lenght in diagonal so it would stay in place.dos

took less than an hour to sew.

Edited by Fre49 on 08/24/2009 23:39:18 MDT.

Misfit Mystic

Locale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
ZPacks on 08/24/2009 23:36:21 MDT Print View

If you can wait until December, A ZPacks Zilch or Zero would be perfect. Integral Designs makes one as well.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
torn on 08/25/2009 11:40:03 MDT Print View

Fred- very innovative!

I seem to be quite torn between the spartan (Integral Designs, Oware, Zpacks) or the more fully featured packs REI, Marmot, MH, etc

well nothing new there :)

the input is very much appreciated

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
torn on 08/25/2009 11:55:29 MDT Print View

Hello again.

If you have any specific questions. Between my son and I
we own the Scrambler, Zilch , Oware and NF Fly weight.


A. B.
re on 08/25/2009 11:57:21 MDT Print View

I recently got the newer REI Flash 18 and I like it a lot. It is very light and has nice features. I threaded shock cord through the front loops for a quick place to stash sandals or what not. It's a pretty inexpensive product as well.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
question on 08/25/2009 18:12:21 MDT Print View

looks like the REI is getting high marks

Jim- well that's handy :)

I know the light ones are light, but how do they do as a summit pack vs the other higher optioned ones?

do you have a favorite? any of those that you would recommend not getting?