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Speed Hike Pack Recommendations
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Art ...
(asandh) - F
Speed Hike Pack Recommendations on 03/31/2013 09:50:56 MDT Print View

does anyone have recommendations for a multi day (4-6) speed hike pack ?
I'm thinking in the 35 L size range,
minimum 30 L , maximum 40 L

weight is probably the number 1 consideration,
as few bells and whistles as possible.
but carry comfort is also a major issue.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Try These Companies on 03/31/2013 14:54:16 MDT Print View

This question is tough. You're basically asking every single member of BPL what backpack they use, since almost all of us have 30-40L packs that weigh very little.

I don't even want to think about the consequences of leaving off a brand name, but here's a brief list of companies making these packs:

Gossamer Gear
Granite Gear
Mountain Laurel Designs

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Baseweight on 03/31/2013 16:11:15 MDT Print View

What is your baseweight and total pack weight going to be?
Do you need a frame?
Are you using a CCF pad as a frame?
Are you going to run at any point in time where bounce will be a concern?

Just some questions to think about.

I would start by looking at a zpacks zero, fully customizable from a grocery bag with straps to a framed pack.

In general just get the lightest backpack that has enough support and padding for the weight you will carry and that fits you.

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Baseweight on 04/01/2013 10:11:40 MDT Print View

to answer a few questions ...

base weight - not finalized but probably 15 lb or less, food is the indeterminate.

must be under 2 lbs, and preferrably 1.5 lb.
I already have an older Golite Jam which fits all requirements except I don't feel it carries very well hour after hour.

so in this regard, it must be frameless, will probably use small CCF pad as a frame depending on how it carries, I often just stuff my soft goods against my back and carry the pad on top.

We will generally Not being running, except for an occasional downhill jog.

I do not use bladders to carry my water.


Edited by asandh on 04/01/2013 10:53:04 MDT.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Still too vague on 04/01/2013 11:47:11 MDT Print View

Those requirements still span the extent of UL backpacks. If you look at the listed companies, you can ask targeted questions (like "Which is more comfortable for an 18 inch torso, a GG Gorilla or an MLD Prophet?")

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Still too vague on 04/01/2013 12:08:33 MDT Print View

Max - sorry if I'm vague, probably because I don't know the pack market all that well.

I want the lightest 30-35L pack that rides well on my back.
Like I said before, I have an older Golite Jam that fits my criteria except I don't feel it rides very well.
do not want a frame, may not even use a CCF as a frame.
I like the pack to hug my back from top to bottom.
I carry most of the weight on my shoulders in this weight range, so minimal waste belt is ok.
tend not to like exterior mesh pockets, but not a deal breaker, I would cut it off.
in fact the fewer pockets the better.

I'm sort of looking for and extra large running pack, except I won't be doing much actual running with it.