Non-Cuben internal frame backpack?
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Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Non-Cuben internal frame backpack? on 06/11/2013 13:54:14 MDT Print View

I'm looking for a 40 to 60 liter (I'm flexible here) internal frame pack that uses fabric, not Cuben laminate material.
Ex. If I got one I would choose an Oeprey EXOS 58 in size Large.

-> I carry anywhere from 20 to 32 lbs, depending on length of trip.

-> Dyneema or whatever is even better is fine. Perhaps Dyneema on the bottom for abrasion resistance.

-> I'd like a suspended back netting for breathability but mesh covered foam is OK. A GOOD hipbelt is important to me.

-> Also getting the weight close to 2 lbs. would be nice.

-> mesh lower side pouches are (to me) as useless as tits on a boar. I use approx 1 L. size aftermarket zippered side pockets - always.

(I posted a similar question in the GEAR section but thought maybe I'd get some "lighter" answers here in SUL.)

Edited by Danepacker on 06/11/2013 18:55:01 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Non-Cuben internal frame backpack? on 06/11/2013 15:33:45 MDT Print View

Do you mean 40-60 liters? Otherwise a stuff sack should suffice.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
OOPS! on 06/11/2013 18:53:29 MDT Print View

Yep, I meant 40 to 60 liters. For some reason I often don't hit the 0 key hard enough. My typo.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Flash 45 on 06/12/2013 08:15:47 MDT Print View

I am pretty happy with my REI Flash 45 so far. It is light, cheap, and comfortable.

When I am not carrying a bear canister or much food I also like the Flash 30.

Edited by staehpj1 on 06/12/2013 08:16:46 MDT.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Non-Cuben internal frame backpack? on 06/13/2013 09:08:52 MDT Print View

You can pick your materials including body, bottle and back pockets,under 2 lbs size large here and a review here and here .In the last review by Sgt. Rock he says that the stays are optional and sold separately,that has changed and it comes with the stays.

Edited by annapurna on 06/13/2013 09:30:35 MDT.

Jani Kikuts
(Enginerd) - M

Locale: Southern California
Exped? on 06/15/2013 22:23:24 MDT Print View

Exped lightning 45/60? hip belt is great! I guess technically could be considered external frame, but feels no different to me than internal...I like mine and fits a BV500 horizontally no problem! On sale at camp saver right now, order and try around the house, don't like it return it.

Edited by Enginerd on 06/15/2013 22:34:06 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Exped? on 06/15/2013 22:30:49 MDT Print View

I sure like that pack!

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Exped? on 06/15/2013 23:14:04 MDT Print View

On sale at Backcountryedge.com too.

35oz though


Well I saw it was in the SUL threads so I thought 35oz sounded heavy but I see you say "around 2lbs" so I guess 35 is OK

Edited by WoodenWizard on 06/15/2013 23:16:18 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Exped? on 06/15/2013 23:19:05 MDT Print View

Nice. I think the 45 is right at 2 lbs....I think.

Keith F
(hamerica) - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
Re: Exped on 06/16/2013 05:42:26 MDT Print View

Great pack, I love my 60.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Exped Lightning. on 06/16/2013 08:50:31 MDT Print View

Technically an external frame.

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
lightning on 06/16/2013 10:24:30 MDT Print View

I used to love my external frame pack.

I'd be curious to see how this pack stacks up against the HMG Porter.
both are about the same weight which one has the better suspension
and puts the weight on the hips.
For a long trip without resupply or if you have to carry a lot of water it might
be useful.