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John Marics
(Jammmin)

Locale: The North Coast
re:probaly be a bit tight for a winter load on 04/24/2013 13:57:06 MDT Print View

Just pack all the gear you normally take in the demo pack to make sure. I opted for the optional xl expedition utilty pocket (instead of the kangaroo pouch) for added volume when needed. It can be left at home when not needed.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: re:probaly be a bit tight for a winter load on 04/24/2013 14:01:35 MDT Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 07/13/2013 22:29:03 MDT.

Andrew Martin
(am1982) - M

Locale: PacNW
Also testing out an McHale pack on 04/24/2013 14:32:13 MDT Print View

I have an LBP 36 test pack with kangaroo and large summit flap. I took it out on a group snowshoe/ski trip last weekend. We had to boot pack our way in to good snow as it's disappearing fast in the Sierra and with skis strapped to the sides it carried like a dream. That said, I used all the space in the pack and would have had trouble if not for splitting group gear over so many people.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Also testing out an McHale pack on 04/24/2013 14:57:29 MDT Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 07/13/2013 22:31:14 MDT.

Josh Brock
(needsAbath)

Locale: Outside
???? on 04/24/2013 16:20:47 MDT Print View

How much was your pack?

That site is a little confusing(for me). The pack I was able to find a price on(quickly) had a BASE price of 995.00. Did I find the most expensive one?

To those of you that currently have one- Was this pack worth 1000 dollars?

What is your main use? typical volume needed? and Typical load weight for given use?

I just can't see needing a REALLY expensive pask to carry such a small/light load. Well "cant see" yet anyway.

I like high end gear and could see my self with one of these in the future if there is a justifiable use. And I would not use it in winter as I mainly use a pulk to haul my gear and a day pack for daily stuff. Maybe for "me" there isnt one.

Im not sure of your load but - Would you guys spend the money on the pack if you only had light loads?

Josh Brock
(needsAbath)

Locale: Outside
sierras skiing? on 04/24/2013 16:27:36 MDT Print View

Andrew- where did you go this weekend? I was in echo lake(tahoe area) hiking with my GF and daughter and man if you weren't on a north face or above 8,500 you were on dirt.

Andrew Martin
(am1982) - M

Locale: PacNW
Re: Sierra skiing on 04/24/2013 16:43:05 MDT Print View

Josh,

We were at Carson Pass (8,200ft) and yes we had crud snow/ice or dirt patches until about 8,500. Kirkwood looked like it still had snow but I doubt it will be around in another week or two.

Also it does seem you found one of the most expensive packs on the McHale sight. I know it's confusing and it takes some time to extract all the information since it's not organized or centralized. Here is the page for the pack type I'm testing with a base MSRP of $575

http://www.mchalepacks.com/ultralight/detail/Little%20Big%20Packs.htm

Edited by am1982 on 04/24/2013 16:47:32 MDT.

Josh Brock
(needsAbath)

Locale: Outside
Re: Re: Sierra skiing on 04/24/2013 16:59:56 MDT Print View

Andrew - Thank you for clearing the pricing up. 575 is much better. and yes If you read everything on page it paints a clearer picture of what it costs. I cant wait to hear the reviews of these packs.

"but I doubt it will be around in another week or two"

Funny you say that cause after playing around in echo I bought a permit for an over nighter at aloha lake in desolation wilderness for this comming weekend and I dont plan on bringing any snow gear. Should be a fun trip hopefully the fish up at aloha are hungry!

sorry for the slight derail.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Sierra skiing on 04/24/2013 18:10:53 MDT Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 07/13/2013 22:31:45 MDT.

Herman E
(hre814) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Beware the creep... on 04/24/2013 18:23:39 MDT Print View

Little extras here and there, depending on the fabric of choice, will add up. Mine totaled out around $1100, which included dyneema with some spectra in certain parts, and $150 for 2 shipments to Alaska (charged me $75 each shipment for $50 in postage). Mine was a Large load carrier (not weight, but for volume).

Wasn't worth it for me.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Beware the creep... on 04/24/2013 18:27:06 MDT Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 07/13/2013 22:32:17 MDT.

John Marics
(Jammmin)

Locale: The North Coast
Re: Beware the creep... on 04/24/2013 21:22:01 MDT Print View

Your going to have to stay with the base pack and maybe add the P&G suspension option ($95). Shipping charges added $81 to my total cost. You can always add options at a later date. For me the custom fitting makes it worthwhile. Most packs just don't fit quite right on me. For others the off the rack fit works great.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Beware the creep... on 07/12/2013 14:07:26 MDT Print View

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Edited by FamilyGuy on 11/15/2013 14:49:16 MST.

Charles Jennings
(vigilguy) - F

Locale: Northern Utah
Worth it? on 07/12/2013 23:52:25 MDT Print View

"To those of you that currently have one- Was this pack worth 1000 dollars?"

I certainly want to be respectful of other's opinions here, but in my case with the three McHales that I own, they are worth it to me.

Mine fit me perfectly. And for my body type, they carry loads better than any other production pack that I have used (Osprey, Mystery Ranch included). Dan spent a lot of time with me getting the fit just right... he was more finnicky than I was about my packs, and I am grateful that he was.

I had a positive experience from Demo to finished product.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Worth it? on 07/13/2013 15:14:21 MDT Print View

I am completely satisfied with both of mine. Yes, worth every cent.

This past week the airline baggage apes couldn't put a scratch in my checked Bump, which went from coast to coast :)

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
$1000 Pack? on 07/13/2013 15:58:55 MDT Print View

It better be self carrying. I get construction difference and durability but $1000 could likely replace my entire carried gear. I spent under $200 for my pack, It has almost 5000 miles on it and going strong. Don't think there is anything it could deliver to make it a good value. But I also suspect that the intended audience is not carrying the spartan gear that I'm normally carrying so they likely have a different value equation.

Also, I spent about an hour this morning on McHales site. Somebody really needs to do a trade with him, free pack for a quality website. It made my head hurt.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: $1000 Pack? on 07/13/2013 16:05:38 MDT Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 07/13/2013 22:32:49 MDT.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: $1000 Pack? on 07/13/2013 17:08:56 MDT Print View

I carry my winter gear in my Hornet, which was given to me for free.
Anyone that knows me..knows that I carry enough insulation for two normal people. That and extra fuel and some luxury items, all in my 46 liters plus an extra detachable pocket I made for my pack.


Hornet


Edited to add:
The Ridgerest was for sitting on the snow. In my pack was a long Exped 9, a Montbell SS2, a Nunatak Specialist, 2 Montbell down jackets, down booties, down pants, a Simmerlite, pot and cup, lots of food, a Sublite and much more.

Edited by Kat_P on 07/13/2013 17:12:00 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: $1000 Pack? on 07/13/2013 17:13:35 MDT Print View

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Edited by stephenm on 07/13/2013 22:33:19 MDT.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Re: $1000 Pack? on 07/13/2013 17:15:36 MDT Print View

Hi Steven,
I added more info when I edited my previous post.
This little pack fits more than I can believe myself. I replaced the back pad with another piece of Ridgerest. I have been using it for almost 4 years and really like it.