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nick miller
(millertime130) - F
expeditition backpacks on 07/04/2012 21:14:11 MDT Print View

I've got a question to throw out there...does anyone have any advice on expedition size backpacks? Ive recently (about 8mths ago) got my first CiloGear pack, and i really like it due to its lightness and its lack of bells in whistles...i think too many packs out there have too much stuff added to them that arent really neccessary. However, i'm not sure its the best pack out there for my trip to alaska next year. I also think that the denali pro is way too heavy...anyways, any advice on expeditions packs would be great....thanks

S Long
(Izeloz) - M

Locale: Wasatch
Re: expeditition backpacks on 07/04/2012 22:40:16 MDT Print View

Hyperlite Mountain Gear. I love my Porter.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: expeditition backpacks on 07/04/2012 23:53:19 MDT Print View

McHale

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
What are your plans on 07/05/2012 09:16:13 MDT Print View

having some idea of what you are going to be doing with the pack will help in getting pointed in the right direction. as mentioned above, if money is no object dan mchale can/will pretty-much build whatever you could dream of. i've got a cilogear 60l and it's pretty-much as big as i'd ever need. if i was going to alaska to climb denali (west butt) i'd be trying to borrower or would buy cilo's 75l. as far as well designed, big volume load haulers at a competitive price, the cilo 75l is hard to beat. i'd have very few opportunities to use a pack that big again. some of my climbing partners, who can own pretty much any pack they want, still use their old dana terraplane or gregory denali as their "expedition" packs that they've modified and cut things off of over the years. they are not light packs by any stretch of the imagination, but as mchale will tell you, when you start hauling a lot of weight, the pack weight as a percentage of total weight (i know, heresy on backpackinglight.com) becomes less important when compared to its ability to carry a lot of weight comfortably. most important in your pack selection is how it fits you, no matter which manufacturer/pack you choose.

Edited by RICKO on 07/05/2012 09:22:22 MDT.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Mystery Ranch Trance XXX on 07/05/2012 09:41:22 MDT Print View

The pack you need is Mystery Ranch Trance XXX it is a 69 liter no frills pack made out of Xpac cordura and Mx 25 Kevlar impregnated cordura bottom and only weighs 4 pounds 2 ounces. A all Xpac bag make it pretty water proof.
It has the famous Mystery Ranch hauling system with a X frame that Dana Gleason pioneered back in the old Dana Designs days can haul 30 to 50 lbs and the X frame has been tested to carry 70 lbs if needed.
http://www.mysteryranch.com/adventure/backpacking-packs/trance-xxx-pack

Or if you need a more recent version of Dana Designs Terra plane the Mystery Ranch G5000 is 82 liters pack hauls 50 to 80 lbs.
http://www.mysteryranch.com/adventure/backpacking-packs/g5000-pack

Terry

Scott Smith
(mrmuddy) - MLife

Locale: No Cal
expeditition backpacks" on 07/05/2012 10:50:10 MDT Print View

I love my Osprey Aether 85 !

I've owned a bunch including a Dana Desing Terraplane . and this is my favorite .. Super comfortable

Ron D
(dillonr) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Re: expeditition backpacks on 07/05/2012 11:18:24 MDT Print View

Another vote for McHale, it's a custom pack so it's not cheap or quick.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: expeditition backpacks on 07/05/2012 11:23:38 MDT Print View

Plus 1 on the Porter and the MR Trance. The Trance is very large and the suspension is good to 50 plus lbs easily. Good pricing as well and the quality is second to none.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Expedition pack on 07/05/2012 11:29:42 MDT Print View

How long of a trip and activity?
I used my Six Moons Design 4200 ci pack three years ago for a six day trip, worked fine.
Duane

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: expeditition backpacks on 07/05/2012 14:34:03 MDT Print View

> Another vote for McHale, it's a custom pack so it's not cheap or quick.

Especially if you order it in Dyneema, which I did with mine. It's quite a bit lighter than you'd expect for a similarly sized pack in a conventional fabric, but yes... they are pricey.

That said, they're also precisely what you want, since they're custom made. Plus, Dan doesn't mind answering questions about the packs and features so that you can make educated decisions about what you're getting.

Barry Cuthbert
(nzbazza) - MLife

Locale: New Zealand
Macpac Cascade on 07/05/2012 15:07:41 MDT Print View

The prototype was Ed Staffords's pack for his 800+ day expedition walking the Amazon from source to sea.

Ed talking about the pack:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvXL7SeetPg

link to pack:
http://www.macpac.co.nz/shop/en_nz/gear-and-clothing/packs/packs-trek/11660.html

Todd Hein
(todd1960) - MLife

Locale: Coastal Southern California
McHale! on 07/05/2012 15:58:54 MDT Print View

+1. No comparison for carrying comfort and quality.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: McHale! on 07/05/2012 16:01:02 MDT Print View

Except Mystery Ranch that are equal in quality and carrying ability. Heck, their external designs are for carrying well over 100 lbs ( yuck!).

And yes, I have owned both.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: McHale! on 07/05/2012 17:41:13 MDT Print View

Sure, it makes sense to go with Mystery Ranch if you were going to make a custom McHale pack that was the same as a Mystery Ranch. There's much more to a pack than quality and its suspension.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: McHale! on 07/05/2012 17:56:15 MDT Print View

I just wanted to be clear that one not need to buy a full dyneema pack that costs $1200 to have high quality load hauler. The benefit of a Mchale is that you get the fabrics and options that YOU want. It is definitely appealing. But the OP did not mention such a need.

nick miller
(millertime130) - F
thanks on 07/05/2012 19:31:50 MDT Print View

thanks for all the responses! yes, i am shopping around for a pack for denali (w.butt) I'm gonna check out all the advice that you guys gave me and hopefully come to a conclusion! once again, thanks for the advice!!

Ed Hayes
(ejhayes) - F

Locale: Northwest
Osprey Aether on 07/05/2012 19:36:43 MDT Print View

Another vote for the Osprey Aether line. They come in 60, 70 and 85 liters.

I have the 60 and use it more than other packs because it is so comfy.

John Gilbert
(JohnG10) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
lowe alpine on 07/06/2012 07:18:50 MDT Print View

My lowe carries the best of all the packs I've tried when I need to carry 40+ pounds and negotiate rough terrain. I think it's because the pack is a tall narrow & shallow shape, and the back curves forward quite a bit more than packs made for walking upright on smooth trails.

Charles Jennings
(Packgoat)
Re: Re: McHale! on 07/06/2012 13:06:44 MDT Print View

C'mon David, you don't really believe that!

The guy is looking for an expedition pack, you know that McHale would be be a good choice for him.

I own three of them, and have owned two Mystery Ranch packs myself. Frankly, I was disappointed in the MR Trances load carrying ability on my trip to the Tetons one summer. Loved my G5000...up to 40 lbs.

Edited by Packgoat on 07/06/2012 13:15:16 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: McHale! on 07/06/2012 13:45:11 MDT Print View

Charlie, I don't believe what?

What I said was, and I quote, "Except Mystery Ranch that are equal in quality and carrying ability. Heck, their external designs are for carrying well over 100 lbs ( yuck!)."

There is nothing in this statement that is incorrect. I felt the quality was equal, both excellent, and better than off the rack packs currently available. The MR NICE frame, an external design, was developed for hauling over 100 lb loads.

Then I said, "I just wanted to be clear that one not need to buy a full dyneema pack that costs $1200 to have high quality load hauler. The benefit of a Mchale is that you get the fabrics and options that YOU want. It is definitely appealing. "

Edited by FamilyGuy on 06/17/2013 10:24:13 MDT.