Posting here since it's essentially the same pack.
Wondering what people's thoughts would be on the 2012 Jam 50 supporting a max weight of 27-28lbs for a trip to the Sierras in July?
I'm still refining my final list so it may lighten up a bit, but trying to have the foresight to get a different pack if I need to. Base weight will be around 12-12.5lbs (including a Bearikade Weekender, required), plus 8 days of food @ 1.5 PPD for another 12lbs. If I have a full 2L of water, that's where I'm up in the range of 28. I've done a 29lb test load using a sleeping bag and a 3-season tent to fill it, and then throwing in books to fill in the rest of the weight. I packed the books laying flat so that they (hopefully) wouldn't add any structural rigidity to the pack. I am unable to test it with the bear can because I'll be renting it and won't have it until right before the trip, but I know it is compatible (albeit just barely).
The pack fits me well, and seemed to carry surprisingly well, but carrying it around the neighborhood is much different than up and down mountains all day. I have not hiked in it to test because it's still new w/ the tags (and thus returnable)
To create my virtual frame, I use my 3/4 length Prolite. I pack it in a cylinder and face the valve up at the top. Pack everything in the middle, tighten the compression straps, then I puff a little bit of air into the pad. This configuration may change once I have a bear can in there; I'm not sure the pad will fit around it.
- the Jam only cost me about $100 new (sale). If I don't use it, I'll probably shell out for a ULA Circuit or Catalyst, which no one ever sells used so that won't be cheap.
- I'm not a thru-hiker. 8 days of food is the most I'll ever carry; usually less
- Once I arrive and see water conditions, I may be able to only carry 1L of water at a time, but since I don't know for sure, I'm planning on 2L
- I'm 29 and fit, have moderately strong core and shoulders from entry-level rock climbing, but prefer situating the pack so most of the weight is on the plush new hipbelt design
Thoughts from those experienced--will I be miserable the first few days, or think it'll handle it?