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Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
compactor bag vs trash bag on 05/22/2010 06:48:47 MDT Print View

I did a search, but didn't find this.
I'm a noobie with a lot to learn. I know a lot of folks use compactor bags, but they seem a little heavy. I know extra strength trash bags are not as durable, but the only things I would have in it would be my quilts,hammock and clothes. My food, water, and stove/kitchen kit(nestled in my cozy,along with tent stakes and suspension) are stored outside the liner. My fak is kept in the top pocket of my pack for easy access, and my rain gear is in the side pockets. There really isn't anything to puncture the liner. So am I way off base?

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
compactor bag vs trash bag on 05/22/2010 07:46:58 MDT Print View

The secret is to find a bag that will not tear when you are stuffing things into it. If you cram your pack tightly this can be a problem. I have used a number of different bags. Heavy duty trash bags work fine but trash compactor bags are the strongest since they hold up to much higher pressures. I use a bag supplied with Gossamer Gear packs. It is light and tends to tear if you are not careful. I just put a small piece of duct tape on it and all is well.

If I were to pack in an area where I knew it was going to be wet, or if I had to get across a river or two, I would take a piece of plastic that would not fail. Otherwise, if you are careful you should be able to make just about anything work.