Hi! Anybody have an REI Cruise UL 60 backpack that they'd like to sell?
I wasn't aware of these packs back when they were being made. As a new member on BPL, I read the BPL review, and it looks as though the pack could be a good fit for an upcoming two week long lightweight (not ultralightweight) mountain backpacking trip that I'm planning. I'm particularly interested in the *internal compression system* (using drawstrings rather than straps) that these packs used, since I will be gobbling up cubic inches as my trip progresses, and I also may want to use the pack in compressed daypack mode for peak bagging.
It is the internal compression system that intrigues me about this pack. I just missed seeing one on ebay earlier this month. It was in good shape, too, and went for a decent price, but apparently they don't show up all that often.
If you've got one for sale, please let me know by email, and/or responding to this post with contact information. My email is at gmail dot com, and my address, what comes before the at symbol, is docbackpacker I'm writing it in this funny round-about way to try to foil spambots. If you know of a better way, I'm teachable.
I just enabled PM for me on my BPL profile. My personal information there is presently minimal, but I'm happy to tell you whatever you need to know. I teach school at Truman State University in northeast Missouri, where we have lots of outdoors, hills, and water, but are way short on mountains.
I know that some people loved the UL 60 pack and some people hated it. I've sewn several MYOG backpacks, all my own designs (using shameless copying, with permission, of the good ideas of others, but also some novel aspects I hadn't seen before), so I think I can likely modify anything that bugs me (except perhaps the alleged squeeking! ouch!) If not, hey, I will still have learned something valuable.