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Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 09:21:23 MST Print View

Hi Folks,

As I live in the middle of nowhere the nearest outdoor shop is an REI 2 hours away, I will be in the vicinity next weekend
And was going to try some packs.

It would be for winter/shoulder season use so something around 60 litres and capable of carrying 45lbs or so.

I undertstand I need to get a pack that fits me properly but I looking for some recommendations of what folks have bought from REI in the past or are famillar with what they sell.

Cheers,

Stephen

Charles P
(mediauras)

Locale: Terra
Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 09:42:19 MST Print View

The Osprey Aether 60 is a nice pack. Not UL, but it carries weight well.

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Osprey on 02/24/2013 10:05:20 MST Print View

I'll second the recommendation for the Osprey brand. Used them in the past and they're great packs

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Osprey on 02/24/2013 10:21:46 MST Print View

Thanks Guys,

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
Rei packs on 02/24/2013 10:29:42 MST Print View

Stephen, some of the REIs carry granite gear. You'll likely find them to be the most light weight packs that can carry 40-50 lbs at a rei. Look for the framed granite gears (e.g. Nimbus, snow leopard, etc)

Edited by Konrad1013 on 02/24/2013 10:30:21 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Osprey on 02/24/2013 10:32:41 MST Print View

Third for osprey.

Phillip Asby
(PGAsby) - M

Locale: North Carolina
Flash on 02/24/2013 10:51:05 MST Print View

I have an REI Flash 65 I like a lot (current model is the 62 I believe)... Worth trying I think!

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Thanks on 02/24/2013 10:52:55 MST Print View

Guys,

Thanks for the recommendations.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
+1 Osprey on 02/24/2013 11:16:09 MST Print View

Ospreys are great. Guaranteed to enjoy it.

Other brands to look for that are sometimes regionally held in REI stores that I like:

Gregory
Boreas (I love mine!)
The REI Flash packs

I haven't had good luck with Deuter, and Kelty bags are very heavy but I still like my Kelty.

Let us know what you choose!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 11:53:59 MST Print View

Yeah, Gregory, Granite Gear, Osprey. I find then more expensive, but better than REI's own brand backpacks. YMMV, of course.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 11:56:19 MST Print View

I will check out the Boreas packs also.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: +1 Osprey on 02/24/2013 12:06:13 MST Print View

Will do Max.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Leopards at REI on 02/24/2013 14:16:18 MST Print View

Those Granite Gear Leopards look interesting if one googles images to how the crampon patch actually works (it's a crampon patch that attaches to those multiple belts ... mini-MOLLE attachments it seems ... on the back). Looks like the ladies are getting the good colors on this series.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 14:24:32 MST Print View

@Stephen:

One more thought... given a 4-hour drive round trip -- you will want to be sure that the store carries the packs you're interested in -- and in your size. Two weeks before your pilgrimage... call ahead and run through your list. Anything that you are particularly curious about but they don't have on hand -- order them online -- to be delivered to the store. Yes, they will charge your card -- but free shipping -- and it's an easy way to ensure that ALL the packs you are interested in will be there for you to try out. And whatever you don't wish to buy -- simply return them right at the store. REI will still be able to sell those packs as new -- so no harm done to anyone.

EDIT: Just realized you're going next week. But anyway, food for thought when planning for future visits.

Edited by ben2world on 02/24/2013 14:25:48 MST.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 14:27:29 MST Print View

Cheers Ben,

That's a good idea, I was going to be in the area at concert next Saturday so was going to dop in before hand.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 14:28:25 MST Print View

Stephen, since you're headed there anyways, I have a list of things I'd like....

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 14:30:21 MST Print View

Fire away Travis I can bring them to the GGG.

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Re: Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 14:57:52 MST Print View

External frame?

I love my deuter act lite(internal frame), and it was the most comfortable with 35 lbs of all the packs listed so far. I literally spent all day trying on every pack REI carries.
That being said, I'm not sure that I would look forward to carrying 45lbs in it all day.

I recently picked up an old Jansport external frame, and after removing the top cross bar, and the "shelf" bar, both unnecessary. It came in at 3lbs 5oz. Lighter than my Deuter, and feels like it would carry the load better. I'm going to use it on my next trip to find out. At the very least it will get rid of my sweaty back!
Oh, and it only cost me $20!

You might be able to cut even more weight if you get rid of the pack bag and just strap stuff sacks to the frame. Be carefull that all the stuff sacks and straps don't add up to more than the original pack bag.

Edited by stingray4540 on 02/24/2013 15:51:14 MST.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 15:01:01 MST Print View

Hi Nick,

It would be an internal frame I am looking for.

Cheers

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Not Just REI on 02/24/2013 15:10:22 MST Print View

REI has some good packs but they can get pricey, especially if you go with a brand like Gregory. Check them out but don't rule out options like the HMG Expedition that are not carried by REI. Higher end REI packs aren't really much cheaper then cottage companies like HMG or even a stripped down McHale pack.

Edited by Cameron on 02/24/2013 15:11:03 MST.