MLD Exodus for shorter trips
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(herzzreh)
MLD Exodus for shorter trips on 05/07/2012 08:14:37 MDT Print View

Does anyone have experience with MLD Exodus for shorter trips? One-two nighters with tops 15lbs (or 20 for luxury) of gear and food.

I'm looking at buying Exodus FS to give me an option of hauling heavier loads for longer time when needed as well as space for longer trips, but I'd also like to use the pack on much shorter trips.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
MLD Exodus for shorter trips on 05/07/2012 08:34:41 MDT Print View

I find the Exodus to be too large for short trips. It can be reduced in size by cinching up the bungee cords and using the volume reducing loops on the bottom but I didn't like the way it carried in this mode.

I bought a Burn as well and it's perfect for small to medium sized loads. I reserve the Exodus for carrying bulkier loads and that's where it shines.

So two packs was my solution, which is probably not what you wanted to hear.

M L
(herzzreh)
... on 05/09/2012 10:19:50 MDT Print View

Bit short on $ right now, so I'll have to compromise.

Any other opinions?

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: ... on 05/09/2012 11:05:12 MDT Print View

The Exodus is perfectly fine as a weekend pack, heck even overnighters. Why?

It compresses really well and you can decrease volume using the clips located at the bottom of the pack. Is the Exodus the ideal short trip pack? Maybe not, but depending on your kit and locale, it may very well be a great all around pack for you that covers summer trips and winter bulk loads. Throw in your kit and dont sweat reducing bulk so you can fill up excess volume, thats a simple way to improve the carry of the pack.

My father in law is a lightweight packer, he owns a Super Exodus and takes it with him on every trip, whether its an overnighter or a 5 day trip loaded to the gills with all the food he insists on packing in. It sounds like the Prophet may be the better option but I can't make that judgement, you know what you need.

You wont "wow" anyone with a tiny SUL pack on the trail but who cares?

Function, function, function.

Jared King
(jking) - F

Locale: Middle TN
MLD Exodus on 05/10/2012 22:07:22 MDT Print View

I've got the Exodus FS and it does great for overnight/weekend trips and weeklong trips. like eugene said, it compresses really well and still rides very comfortably. if you're trying to buy one pack to do it all, then this is the pack.

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
MLD Prophet on 05/11/2012 10:04:28 MDT Print View

For me, the Prophet was the better option. I bought the Exodus and sold it, because it was too big. The Prophet cinches up just right for day hikes, and it expanded to plenty of room for a recent 6-day trip. My total weight with gear, food, fuel, and 1 liter of water was 19 lbs. I find it very comfortable in day trip or backpack mode. Highly recommended.