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Nick Badyrka
(oldcrank) - F

Locale: Northwest
Pack Suggestions on 09/25/2012 21:30:22 MDT Print View

I am starting to plan a month long section hike of the PCT next summer. I know it is a long way out, but I like to sit and ruminate on plans while watching video's in the evening. Anyway, a couple of years ago I used a GG Vapor Trail on the JMT and even though I only carried a max of seven days worth of food, when it was loaded up to around 30 lbs after the resupply it was really uncomfortable. When it was below 20, it was very comfortable. This last summer on a trip around the Wonderland trail I reduced my base weight and used a Arcteryx Axios 50, much more comfortable, even though I carried all the food and group gear. It was my wife's first backpack and when you are in your mid-fifties and have a few health issues, your partner carries everything. She really loved it and now wants to section hike the PCT, so we are going to start with the Oregon section next August. I most likely will have to carry all the group gear again and would like to lighten up, but carrying 10 man days of food and on some long waterless sections up to 6 liters of water means a pretty heavy pack. What would you suggest I look at? ULA Airx? ULA Circuit? MLD EXODUS FS : Full Suspension? Others???

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Pack Suggestions on 09/26/2012 07:59:08 MDT Print View

I kind of alternate between a ULA Circuit, and a Gossamer Gear Mariposa/Gorilla, depending on load and terrain. ULA carries better when overloaded, IMO.

Both made in the USA, what more could you want?

Aaron Croft
(aaronufl) - M

Locale: Oregon
Elemental Horizons Aquilo on 09/26/2012 10:40:56 MDT Print View

Along with the ULA packs, I would recommend checking out the Elemental Horizons Aquilo. It got the "highly recommended" rating from one of the reviewers here. If you're needing a bit more space, it might be the pack for you!