Packs @REI recommendations
Display Avatars Sort By:
Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Not Just REI on 02/24/2013 15:20:11 MST Print View

Hi Luke,

I would rather buy a pack in store and also REI will let me bring it back if it doesn't work out a I have had some with a Ula pack on my last trip.

Cheers,

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 16:03:56 MST Print View

"Hi Nick,

It would be an internal frame I am looking for.

Cheers"

In that case check out the Deuter ACT lite. Very comfy pack, but YMMV.

The only thing I don't like is the sweaty back, but all of the vented back packs had bad hotspots at the time. Designs may have changed in the last couple of years though.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 16:12:59 MST Print View

I will keep an eye out for that Nick.

When you say hotspots do you mean sore spots?

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 17:42:42 MST Print View

Yeah. After a half hour of walking around I started to notice pressure on my lower back, like the arched frame was digging in

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 02/24/2013 17:55:18 MST Print View

Gotcha,

Michael Duke
(mpd1690) - F
Re: Osprey on 02/24/2013 18:09:01 MST Print View

My brother and my father used osprey's in the past. I was never a fan of the shoulder straps. They are too narrow for my liking. Do others not have this problem?

Eric Graves
(Elgraves) - MLife

Locale: Middle of TN
Re: packs @REI recommendations on 03/01/2013 01:31:32 MST Print View

-Stephen
If you are interested in the Osprey Atmos 65 I've got one for sale on Gear swap in the medium torso size. PM me if you are interested.

John Gilbert
(JohnG10) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
dueter on 03/01/2013 05:06:30 MST Print View

I have a dueter act lite. It carries very comfortably and well balanced. Ie: great harness, frame, and shape (narrow, curved in over shoulders).
The shoulder straps don't feel narrow (my golite straps do though). The padding is very supportive.
The adjustable torso is great - custom fit with winter or summer clothes. More stable / less wobbly than using load lifters to adjust the torso length a little.
The big things I don't like are: it weighs 4 pounds, and it has an air vent channel where the lumbar pad should be. Without the lumbar pad, the hip belt slips downward in the back and I have to readjust its position every 15 minutes to keep the weight off my shoulders when carrying 30 pounds or more. This is a fit issue, and YMMV.
REI also sells the lighter dueter act zero which is the same pack, but with a removable lid, no bottom access zipper (useless IMO), and a large bellowed fabric shovel pocket rather than the small stretch mesh rear pocket. The stretch mesh pocket is durable enough and holds a heavy duty gortex parka fine though.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: packs @REI recommendations on 03/01/2013 05:06:32 MST Print View

HI Eric,

Thanks for that.

I was looking to buy from Rei as I can try them instore and return it if needs be.

Cheers,

Stephen

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: dueter on 03/01/2013 06:45:14 MST Print View

Thanks John,

I have used sone Deuter kit back in Europe and its good quality.

Will check them out tomorrow when in REI.

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F - M

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 03/01/2013 07:02:26 MST Print View

deleted

Edited by rOg_w on 06/17/2013 19:55:18 MDT.

Dan Geiger
(Ramcam)
ReI Pack on 03/01/2013 07:57:39 MST Print View

This looks like a good contender for heavier loads
http://www.rei.com/product/844652/rei-xt-85-pack?stop_mobi=yes

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Packs @REI recommendations on 03/01/2013 14:32:21 MST Print View

Hi Rog,

I hear you in the bells and whistles, I will stop by Moosejaw if I don't see anything I like in REI.

Thanks Dan,

I was hoping for something a bit lighter.

Michael Ray
(thaddeussmith) - F
Re: ReI Pack on 03/01/2013 14:41:09 MST Print View

>This looks like a good contender for heavier loads
>http://www.rei.com/product/844652/rei-xt-85-pack?stop_mobi=yes

I've got that pack - just picked it up in January. It's heavy at 5lbs, but lighter than my old 6lb external frame pack. Tons of storage and organization and very comfortable so far with a 15lb load. While not consistent with the lightweight ethos, all the rest of my gear is/will be and so the skin out weight should be a wash. It seems they have also addressed most, if not all, of the complaints people had about the older green version of this model.

I'm a bigger guy and so i like a bigger pack. I have the size L, which is actually 90 liters.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: ReI Pack on 03/01/2013 15:06:52 MST Print View

Cheers Michael,

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
REI Flash 62 on 03/03/2013 16:22:49 MST Print View

Hi folks,

Got an REI Fash 62, I got myself measured properly and it turns out I am the hight end of a medium and not a Large as I thought all along.

The flash comes in at just under 3 pounds and has some very nice features.

It will for all my winter kit with room to spare for food and fuel.

Cheers,