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alastair humphreys
(alastairhumphreys) - MLife

Locale: UK
What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 11:34:27 MST Print View

I am looking for a very large backpack - 100 litres or more would be great.

I like the GoLite Quest, but is there something similar but larger?

I have used a Gregory pack (120l), but it was really heavy even before I filled it up!

Many thanks!
Alastair Humphreys

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 11:37:31 MST Print View

More details would be helpful.

What kind of trip are you looking to use this on?

Where are you planning to use this?

What are you planning to put in it?

Its pretty rare to see people using more than 60L packs on this site, so a little background would help a lot!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 11:39:10 MST Print View

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Edited by ben2world on 02/18/2010 11:47:17 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 11:40:48 MST Print View

D'OH!

alastair humphreys
(alastairhumphreys) - MLife

Locale: UK
large pack on 02/18/2010 11:41:49 MST Print View

Thanks for the really quick reply! Amazing!

I hope that my trip still counts as travelling light, if only as I don't intend to take anything other than essentials.

I am looking to spend 6 weeks crossing Iceland, by foot and by packraft. I will need packraft, plus all the kit that goes with that (including drysuit). I need camping gear, plus -the killer- several weeks supply of food.

I am also going to be taking a lot of photos/film so that will take up space as well.

See this link for a recent training trip I did in Scotland in the same style: http://vimeo.com/9085238

Al

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 11:44:42 MST Print View

I don't know liters, but my most often used pack is 6100 cubic inches. I barely use much of the capacity, but I'm too lazy to dig out my smaller packs from storage. If I were to go for a bigger pack, I'd go for an Astralplane.

joe newton
(holdfast) - M

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: large pack on 02/18/2010 11:47:59 MST Print View

Alastair,

Seems like an awfully big pack! Andy Skurka managed an Iceland traverse with a GoLite Pinnacle:

http://www.andrewskurka.com/IS08/index.php

Although he didn't take a packraft on that particular trip he will be on this one:

http://www.andrewskurka.com/AK10/index.php

Might be worth looking at his gear choices to see if you can lose some volume!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 11:48:38 MST Print View

Check out the bigger Granite Gear packs. They aren't as "over engineered / heavy" as Gregory packs.

Lori Pontious
(lori999)

Locale: Central Valley
Re: What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 11:48:43 MST Print View

Have you looked at external frame packs?

You might look at McHale - the packs are custom made, and expensive, but may be able to meet your needs better than the brand name offerings.

Edited by lori999 on 02/18/2010 11:49:42 MST.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Big Pack? on 02/18/2010 11:53:35 MST Print View

McHale +1

alastair humphreys
(alastairhumphreys) - MLife

Locale: UK
Thanks on 02/18/2010 11:56:06 MST Print View

Thank you all so much for your help - I have never come across an internet community as knowledgeable or helpful as this.

Andrew Skurka's Iceland trek was only 22 days- it's my 35 days of food, plus the raft and drysuit, that is taking up space...

I have downloaded his kit list for Alaska though - he's a bit of a legend!

I'm sensing a vibe from you guys that you disapprove of massive packs! So, if I was to reduce it all quite a lot, is there a better brand than GoLite in the 70litre range?

Many thanks!
Al

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Thanks on 02/18/2010 11:57:24 MST Print View

Granite Gear. Well known for their fit and comfort.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Thanks on 02/18/2010 12:07:37 MST Print View

>Thank you all so much for your help - I have never come across an internet community as knowledgeable or helpful as this.

BPL can be pretty helpful! But we've also been known to turn on our own, ruthlessly attacking without shame or dignity, like a swarm of piranhas.....oh wait....that was my ex.....nevermind. BPL is great!

joe newton
(holdfast) - M

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: Re: Thanks on 02/18/2010 12:08:52 MST Print View

Alastair,

This one was a bit of a legend and might be perfect for your kind of trip. I'm not sure it's still in production though but I'm sure someone will be along shortly with the latest news!


http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/ula_arctic_dry_pack.html

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Thanks on 02/18/2010 12:16:09 MST Print View

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Edited by annapurna on 05/02/2010 06:09:48 MDT.

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Try Mystery Ranch on 02/18/2010 12:21:02 MST Print View

MR has some monsters - the Kodiak is 7400 cubic inches. Not lightweight but the best at weight transfer I've ever used. MR is owned by Dana Gleason, who long ago founded Dana Design.

alastair humphreys
(alastairhumphreys) - MLife

Locale: UK
wow on 02/18/2010 12:23:58 MST Print View

This website is amazing!
To get a grasp of how new I am to this style, have a look at the pack I have used since 1991: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alastairhumphreys/3525171865/in/set-72157614735971301/
Since then I have cycled 46000 miles round the world and walked across India - and I still have much to learn!
Al

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 12:33:50 MST Print View

"Yes the artic dry pack is being redesigned and will not be available until spring 2011."

That's really promising, although I could use one....now.

Paul Siegel
(PaulSiegel)

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Mystery Ranch on 02/18/2010 13:13:03 MST Print View

Alistar,

I would second the recommendation for Mystery Ranch. If I needed a load hauler it would be from them or Mchale. Of course anything you get from them would not necessarily be light weight (I think my Astralplane weighs in the neighborhood of 8-10 lbs.) although it wouldn't hurt to ask either of those companies if they could whip up something light and voluminous for you.

I loved my Astralplane, when I was carrying 60-90 lbs. I could put pretty much anything into its 7000 c.i. It was as comfortable as a pack can be at that weight. And it is very durable; relatively constant use and the only problems are a little tear on the brain of the pack and the shoulder straps are getting worn down.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: What is the biggest backpack? on 02/18/2010 13:36:42 MST Print View

Alastair,

I have a Golite Odyssey Large which is 95 liters. I don't know how much weight you will be carrying, but it can comfortably go to a little over 40 lbs, yet it is only 3 lbs. I am actually looking to sell it, so if you are interested, send me a PM.

- Ben