Hello everyone. I have a bit of a conundrum which perhaps BPL could help me with. I currently use an Osprey Talon 33 pack. It has been a great pack for my needs; it’s comfortable and voluminous enough to swallow all my gear and the consumables required for 2 night trips. It’s tall enough that my rolled up Scarp 1 tent goes inside it vertically. At just under a kilo the Talon is admittedly a little heavy for its capacity but as I also use it for winter day trips I haven’t taken a knife to remove any of the gear hanging loops etc. I like the hip, side and front pockets, but what I really love is how comfy it is on me.
What I’m now looking at is extending my trips up to say 5 or 6 nights and I need to find a higher capacity pack to accommodate the extra food I’ll need on the trail. I’d also like to take the opportunity, if possible, to reduce the weight of the pack itself, though at the very least I don’t really want to end up with something heavier than the Talon 33.
For information a typical gear list for a recent trip can be viewed in my profile. My base weight hovers around 15lb (with some seasonal variation if I need extra insulation or what not) and I carry around about 1.5lb per day of food and fuel.
As I say, the above gear fits fine into the Talon 33 but with two nights worth of consumables the sack is maxed out. I want to do a longer trip of 5-6 nights in a few weeks time and opportunities for resupply are pretty minimal so I’m looking at carrying everything with me. I think this probably translates into another 10-15l of capacity to give everything a chance to fit. Based on these requirements I’m thinking that I want a pack somewhere in the 40-50l capacity that can comfortably handle loads in the 25 lb region. Looking at various websites this puts me in the range of many of the lightweight packs such as the GG Gorilla, the HMG Porter and the Golite Jam. I was just wondering what someone in a similar situation would do, or has done in the past? Is there a stand-out contender for my needs or is it a case of weighing up cost and availability?
As I’m UK based I need to be pretty certain it is the pack for me before placing an order for a US pack. We only have access to a very limited range of packs from UK distributors but these do include products from Golite and ULA. Any help, advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
If anyone is interested in Scottish mountains, a report of my latest two night trip is here on my blog: http://www.invertedworld.co.uk/blog/2012/05/backpacking-the-attadale-hills-slowly/