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Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Zpacks Arc Blast on 06/07/2013 02:36:16 MDT Print View

+1 for looking at Zpacks Arc Blast.

It has an external frame, but it's adjustable. I ordered one last month and am anxiously waiting for it's arrival!

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Zpacks Arc Blast on 06/07/2013 02:36:16 MDT Print View

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Edited by veganaloha on 06/08/2013 02:15:22 MDT.

Duane Hall
(PKH) - M

Locale: Nova Scotia
Re: Zpacks Arc Blast on 06/07/2013 04:35:09 MDT Print View

Admittedly, I have only had mine out on the trail for about a week, but I can confirm that it carries beautifully at 25 pounds.

Jason Mahler
(jrmahler) - M

Locale: Michigan
Re: Re: Zpacks Arc Blast on 06/07/2013 05:27:55 MDT Print View

+1 on the Arc Blast.

I too have only used it for about 1 week, but it felt great at 29 pounds. I have read that it carries like a dream at 15 pounds and believe it. The hybrid cuben also seems pretty durable. I added hip pockets and upped net pockets and actually had more room than I needs, but everything was so convenient to get to that I only had to open my pack at camp.

tt quattro
(ttquattro) - F
Exped Lightning? on 06/07/2013 05:30:32 MDT Print View

How about the lightning? I've been looking into it and it's just sub 2 lbs and has a very interesting setup.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Exped Lightning? on 06/07/2013 06:01:26 MDT Print View

The Lightning is external frame though.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Re Exped Lighting on 06/07/2013 06:06:56 MDT Print View

I'm trying out an Exped Lighting 60 right now. PM me if you have specific questions. The 45 liter version is just over 2 pounds and I really like the solid hipbelt.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: In the end there can be only one... on 06/07/2013 08:24:55 MDT Print View

>One note of caution regarding the Kalais: Its side pockets are mesh. If you do much off trail hiking, especially in brush, those pockets will not hold up very well.

If you look at the Elemental site for their packs including the Kalais you can choose what you want your water bottle pockets to be made of including dyneema.They will make you an all dyneema pack if you want,it is one of your choices when you are picking out the features in the pack they are making for you.

Edited by annapurna on 06/07/2013 08:47:33 MDT.

Thaddaeus Wharton
(Thadjw) - MLife
Six Moon Whisper at 11 oz on 06/07/2013 09:05:08 MDT Print View

Great pack. Greet weight. Nice external pockets.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: In the end there can be only one... on 06/07/2013 17:26:35 MDT Print View

"If you look at the Elemental site for their packs including the Kalais you can choose what you want your water bottle pockets to be made of including dyneema.They will make you an all dyneema pack if you want,it is one of your choices when you are picking out the features in the pack they are making for you."

Oops, missed that one. Thanks for the correction, Anna, for everyone's sake.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: In the end there can be only one... on 06/07/2013 17:29:11 MDT Print View

All dyneema gridstop. NOT all dyneema.

The surcharge for that option of dyneema gridstop is excessive.

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Sub - 2lbs lightweight internal frame pack -- need market update on 06/07/2013 19:03:47 MDT Print View

The surcharge for that option of dyneema gridstop is excessive.

Why?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Sub - 2lbs lightweight internal frame pack -- need market update on 06/07/2013 19:07:32 MDT Print View

Because it is.

When Golite can charge about $100 for a dyneema gridstop bag and ULA will give you a full dyneema gridstop OHM for a small custom charge, it seems excessive. Maybe I don't find the fabric that exotic.

Edited by FamilyGuy on 06/07/2013 19:11:48 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Sub - 2lbs lightweight internal frame pack -- need market update on 06/07/2013 19:33:42 MDT Print View

That 210 denier Dyneema gridstop fabric is old news. Should be a non charge option.

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Sub - 2lbs lightweight internal frame pack -- need market update on 06/07/2013 20:11:22 MDT Print View

Because it is.

LOL.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Sub - 2lbs lightweight internal frame pack -- need market update on 06/07/2013 20:17:13 MDT Print View

I got a million more where that came from.

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: Where the air is thin
210d Dyneema Gridstop on 06/07/2013 20:26:52 MDT Print View

Is so last season for ULA. It's all "Robic" from hereonin. Whatever that means. Supposedly better tear resistance.

Brian Reyman
(breyman) - M

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Favorite Packs on 06/08/2013 10:40:34 MDT Print View

All mentioned here so far are good choices.

To toss in my favorites - I like Gossamer Gear and Hyperlite Mountain. Both are great companies and have great products. If you need a bit more volume, the Mariposa Plus is truly amazing. I love the exterior pocket organization. I also like the Gorilla. Any of Hyperlite Mountain's items are very solid, too.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
My favorite on 06/08/2013 11:09:41 MDT Print View

After three years of using the Osprey Hornet, I continue to be impressed. 1 lb, 8 ounces.

Stephen Adams
(stevemkedcom) - MLife

Locale: Northwest
Zpacks Arc Blast on 06/08/2013 11:35:45 MDT Print View

+2 for the Zpacks Arc Blast
Just did 750 miles from Campo to Whitney on The PCT with this pack. My base weight was 9 lbs but at times I had to carry 7 days of food and 6 liters of water so that would be close to 30 lbs. I met 2 other guys thru hiking the PCT with this pack and they loved theirs also.