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Light Bushwhacker Pack ???
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scree ride
Light Bushwhacker Pack ??? on 04/27/2013 07:13:09 MDT Print View

My Gregory pack has held up well albeit being on the upside of 5 pounds. I have a smaller Geigerrig that appears to be bullet proof. Again though, not lite.
While I'm transitioning to lightweight, I still want to be able to haul up to 35 pounds on occasion with around 3,000 cubic inches.
Open pockets, especially mesh seem like they could get caught and rip.
I'm leaning towards Granite Gear as well as Luxerylite. I would prefer supporting a smaller cottage company.
My budget is around $300 to start. In the case of the Luxerylite, I would have to purchase additional cylinders at a latter date.

Thank you,

Edited by scree on 04/27/2013 07:17:57 MDT.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Bushwacking packs on 04/27/2013 09:04:40 MDT Print View

For $300 or less check these out

HMG (Hyperlight Mountain Gear) Packs - There are several options here. The Porter is one of the better load haulers for UL packs. Not very heavy and compresses down nicely for smaller loads.

Gossamer Gear Gorilla

Zimmerbuilt custom pack - I have one, if you want details let me know.

Exped Lighting 45 - I've been experimenting with the bigger 60 liter version. Looks like a good load hauler. Might be bigger then you really need.

scree ride
Appreciated on 04/28/2013 08:29:18 MDT Print View

Appreciate the information Luke,
Looks like the Exped Lightning 55 with it's improved hydration system would be ideal to fit my current needs...LOL
It appears to have the sleekness with no mesh on the outside to snag.
I'm in southern Cal, so the ventilation is important.
With lumbar problems, weight on the hips is important, though I'm not sure about the stay going up the backbone.
I wonder how the material would hold up to abrasion, especially on the bottom.One reason that I'm shying away from Cuban. My main concern with any lightweight material.
It seems that Zimmerbuilt could satisfy most of these requirements except the ventilation aspect and the weight on the hips requirement. I like that it is a smaller company and he does have a great reputation. I wonder if he could come up with something or maybe already has something that I didn't see?

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"Light Bushwhacker Pack ???" on 04/28/2013 13:57:34 MDT Print View

I had the same need- wanted a light pack that could still be bushwhacked in. I opted for a used Granite Gear Vapor Trail. It has less bells and whistles than the current GG models, but I like that.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: "Light Bushwhacker Pack ???" on 04/28/2013 15:25:38 MDT Print View

HMG uses probably the most bomber fabric available on a lightweight pack. It's inside your budget, so I would look very closely at the HMG Porter.

FWIW, I find mine to be excellent on all fronts.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Light Bushwhacker Pack ??? on 04/28/2013 15:34:22 MDT Print View

Get a ULA pack and ask them to do a non-mesh zippered back pocket.
The ULA is a great bushwacking pack, the only issue is the mesh back pocket.
Great weight carrying ability for light weight.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
The Exped 45 on 04/28/2013 15:39:49 MDT Print View

I've only had it out for one good trip but so far the Exped has worked well. I have not noticed the stay in the middle at all. I didn't think about ventilation but I'd say its pretty good, probably as good as anything else short of an Osprey Exos (which doesn't satisfy your other requirements).

If keeping weight on your hips is a big deal then I'd say the Exped and HMG packs would be your best bets. I've talked more about the Exped because its the one I have but I think either one could work well for you.

If you go for the HMG pack they don't have load lifters. I don't consider this a big deal but it does mean you need to make sure you get the correct size pack.