November 20, 2015 8:16 PM MST - Subscription purchasing, account maintenance, forum profile maintenance, new account registration, and forum posting have been disabled
as we prepare our databases for the final migration to our new server next week. Stay tuned here for more details.
Subscribe Contribute Advertise Facebook Twitter Instagram Forums Newsletter
Recommendations for a 30-45L internal frame pack around 2 pounds?
Display Avatars Sort By:
Steven Hall
(lundquistas) - F
Recommendations for a 30-45L internal frame pack around 2 pounds? on 02/27/2013 18:17:01 MST Print View

I currently have an Osprey Exos 46 in a medium and am interested in exploring other options. It's a little large for my need so I'd prefer something in the 35L range. I'm thinking of getting the Exos in a 34 in a large and hope it fits better since the hip belt on my 46 doesn't fit exactly right.

Anyone have other suggestions? I have a GG Kumo but learned that I like the nice internal frame and especially the airvent that the Exos provides, it's worth the extra pound for me.


Kevin Schneringer
(Slammer) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
Stay under 1.5 lbs on 02/27/2013 18:32:07 MST Print View

If you like Osprey and want to stay in that product take a look at the Hornet 32 or 46 in any size of the two your sub 2 lbs . I lost the HYD. bladder and dropped in a piece of T-rest Z lite pad for extra "frame" and I love it.

The 46L (S is 1lbs 8 oz and L is 1 lbs 12) is feather lite and with a Zpack bag and tarptent you won't break 4 lbs.
You go with a tarp you are Gold.

IMO you get a bullet proof warranty and a pack that is ready to rock!

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Some packs on 02/27/2013 18:36:28 MST Print View

I love my Boreas Buttermilk 40, but try and size one up before you commit to it since it's not very adjustable.

Granite Gear is about to come out with the Leopard, and I think the small is like a 39? Not sure, but it's very lightweight and fancy-looking.

Steven Hall
(lundquistas) - F
Hornet on 02/27/2013 18:51:06 MST Print View

Thanks guys, few questions on the hornet. What is the back panel like? Is it vented or just firm foam? Can you fit water bottles in the side pockets and access them while you are walking?

The GG one looks interesting, a little steep on the price though.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Durability on the GG on 02/27/2013 19:13:39 MST Print View

I saw a GG Vapor Trail shredded to bits on a thru-hiker who said he wasn't happy with the durability. The new one looks tougher though, so take that with a grain of salt. Also, your mileage may vary from his experience.

Kevin Schneringer
(Slammer) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
Hornet video on 02/27/2013 19:30:54 MST Print View

You can get a feel for the pad at osprey,s site to get a look if that helps
Basically it is formed foam and pretty comfy the stretch match sides are very tall so not good for bottles
I use a zpack strap bag( Not technical name) for 20oz bottle

Austin Lundquist
(Alundquist) - F
Short on 02/27/2013 21:50:17 MST Print View

Thanks, it looks like the Hornet is going to be a little short on the torso for me. Thanks for the idea though

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Recommendations for a 30-45L internal frame pack around 2 pounds? on 02/27/2013 21:58:47 MST Print View

Do you have an REI or someplace you can try before you buy?
If not, I think Deuter offers a vented back that has an adjustable torso length.

ETA: I was wrong. Only adjustable vented back they have is a 42liter and it weighs over 3 lbs.

Also, I may have interpreted your meaning wrong when you say the hipbelt doesn't fit right. I assumed it was a torso length issue, but maybe it was just the design? If the later, then you probably want to look at other brands, as a smaller version of what you have will probably have the same issue.

Deuter does have a 38 liter vented back for 2lb. 11oz.

Edited by stingray4540 on 02/28/2013 02:35:45 MST.

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Absaroka or Atmos 25? on 02/27/2013 23:34:51 MST Print View

I've got a couple of packs for sale in the Gear Swap forum.

One is a BPL Absaroka size medium. It's still new. Fits your volume and approximate weight range.

The other is an Osprey Atmos 25 size medium. It's a little smaller than what you're after, but has the Osprey suspension and back panel you like. It's a pretty nifty panel loading pack with a robust suspension.

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 02/28/2013 04:54:22 MST Print View


Edited by rOg_w on 06/17/2013 19:54:48 MDT.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Recommendations for a 30-45L internal frame pack around 2 pounds? on 02/28/2013 08:27:19 MST Print View

Will Rietveld's review , EH's website .

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Recommendations for a 30-45L internal frame pack around 2 pounds? on 02/28/2013 08:56:25 MST Print View

How about a Vaude Ultralight Rock 35 for $58? $38 if you get their email coupon deals.

35 liters, removeable frame sheet, 2lbs 6oz.

Don Selesky
(backslacker) - M
Re: Recommendations for a 30-45L internal frame pack around 2 pounds? on 02/28/2013 10:51:57 MST Print View

I'd take a look at something from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. They make great packs in fairly rugged Cuben. I have the Porter 4400, and it carries very well, at less than 2 lbs. They have a range of choices that should satify you.

Austin Lundquist
(Alundquist) - F
Great advice on 02/28/2013 11:58:12 MST Print View

Thanks for all the advice. Lots of those packs look good, I've fallen in love with the mesh ventilated back though and I'm worried that I won't like a firm foam back.

Do any other packs in this weight range outside osprey have the ventilated backs? The deuter one looks nice but its a little heavy...

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Great advice on 02/28/2013 12:16:27 MST Print View

ventilated .

Edited by annapurna on 02/28/2013 12:17:45 MST.