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Jonathan Whitney
(WalksOn2Wheels) - F
UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 10:40:42 MST Print View

Ok, I'm really not sure how to even define this, and google searches don't seem to help. What I'm looking for (and I'm assuming I'll have to make it, which is why I'm posting here) is a lightweight backpack that packs down really small and can be stuffed away in another bag. The intended purpose is for overflow storage on a UL bicycle setup. Sort of a backup if you need to stock up on more food than you might normally need to for a long stretch. So Ideally, I'm thinking something with a wide strap/harness arrangement with maybe 8-10 liters of storage.

Any ideas? Links?

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 10:57:02 MST Print View

REI Flash 18 or Marmot Kompressor?

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 11:05:31 MST Print View


(1) Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack (pricey at $80):

(2) REI Stuff Travel Pack:


Locale: Piedmont of the Carolinas
I vote for this little guy.... on 01/16/2012 11:12:49 MST Print View

Light, packs down small, and only 30 bucks:

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 11:16:26 MST Print View

Much bigger than you are looking for. I have used it as carry on luggage, on day hikes, and sometimes pack it in my suitcase on business trips where I can use it for quick little trips, either a day hike or a quick overnighter.



Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 11:34:31 MST Print View


Here's a myog version that can be easily taken apart and stowed. It fits into a bag about the size of a tent pole bag. Much bigger than you need.



Conner D
(cdipaolo) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 11:47:57 MST Print View

I have a Sea to Summit stowable silnylon pack that weighs 2.5 oz (my scales) and is a pretty small volume. should be perfect for your purposes.

Edited by cdipaolo on 01/16/2012 11:48:33 MST.

Tom Watkins
(watkins) - F
Re: Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 11:57:57 MST Print View

I also have the sea to summit, it's ideal for me...fits in a jacket pocket.
It's not exactly the strongest but for light items it's great. I can put a fleece or similar in the bottom and then some water and a snack above.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 13:10:36 MST Print View

on sale for $19.93

Edited by annapurna on 01/16/2012 13:41:52 MST.

Richard Scruggs
(JRScruggs) - MLife

Locale: Oregon
Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 16:04:24 MST Print View

Here's a small, "packable pack" from Eddie Bauer (1036 cu. in. claimed) with a lot of features (two mesh bottle pockets, zipper exterior pocket, interior pocket, and bungees on front) --

The above pack is fully priced at $29 currently (sometimes it's on sale for less than $20). Its features differ a bit from the REI Flash (including "flashier" color options -- UGH!), but both have a lot of good reviews. I'd probably go for the REI Flash at its sale price.

But then I already have too many small packs!

Edited by JRScruggs on 01/16/2012 16:08:01 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 17:08:46 MST Print View

I have the same one as Nick's, except in a different color.


Jonathan Whitney
(WalksOn2Wheels) - F
Re: Re: UL stowable backpack? on 01/16/2012 18:37:14 MST Print View

Well, aren't I silly? I knew what I wanted had to exist, but my searches just weren't coming up with anything good.

I think the sea to summit pretty much nails it. The other ones are great, and I like the Marmot Kompressor, but for packability, the Sea to Summit wins. It will spend more time packed away than in use.

Thanks all for the great suggestions! If a mod wants to move this to the gear section, that would be fine.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
UL stowable backpack? on 01/17/2012 09:52:09 MST Print View

Arc'teryx Cierzo 35 is the most durable of the stowable packs it stores in it own lid and weighs only 20 oz.. I tried out one for few days and returned it because of lack of pockets on the sides for my 1 liter platys,I also could not get all of my equipment in it for weekend trip.It is a great day pack that will last.

You could also make a simple draw string closing pack that folds in to a inside pocket yourself.

Edited by socal-nomad on 01/17/2012 09:55:10 MST.

Dave Heiss

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Maybe the Riksak? on 01/17/2012 16:55:07 MST Print View

The Gossamer Gear Riksak might do the trick.

Edited by DaveHeiss on 01/17/2012 18:37:55 MST.

Outdoor Products Packable Daypack on 01/18/2012 01:54:10 MST Print View

Outdoor Products Packable Daypack
Only downside is that it has horrid shoulder straps.
Sold at Walmart or possibly REI.

Youtube Review

REI OP Packable Daypack

At Walmart