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Been rocking a osprey Zenith 75L for over 7 years now. Little on the heavy side. But worth every penny. Zipper busted on it after year 3, (I over stuffed the pocket and it was my own doing) Sent it to Osprey, got a brand new one no questions asked. Can't beat that warrantee. I know Arctyrx has the same type warranty as well.
Love and appreciate the matter of fact, unbiased explanation of the various packs. Great video! I am, however, curious to know whether there are any of those old style totally external frame packs anymore (that had the pack sort of attached to an aluminum frame) that are actually popular. Do you know? Thanks again.
How about an ultralight traditional pack? I have an Osprey Exos 58(don't use a down bag, one reason my pack is "big") that I dropped half a pound from. 31 ounces, and it can carry heavy loads if needed(water carries and such) and is big enough for bulky winter gear when I do that. I've probably made half of my gear with sewing.
The pack did take a lot of work, but I like it much better now, and I've added capability to collapse it down to daypack size, so I only need one pack for all hikes.
Thank you such much for taking the time to show us Great Video Reviews. I often wonder if the Ultra Lite crowd wonders just like I do, what was the original builders of these Wonderful Trails(East & West Coast) was lugging around & How much they had to carry. No Mountain House meals & Titanium Cook-sets back than. They would work circles around me, and I grew up on a Chicken...Now Cattle farm & building homes with my dad. I Tip my hat to all those that did this 20+ years ago. But, Hey! If I can find a Lighter, Better Tool for the Job, Who wouldn't buy it. How many Farmers still use a Horse & Plow instead of a Tractor!? I am the owner of PineLAN Communications. I train the US Army Special Forces here in NC. This is the Only Place in the world where they can complete the 50yr old Pineland Robin-Sage Exercise. My father is Pineland Bob. I have started backpacking again and also bought a bunch of UL Gear. The Students & Cadre Team Srgts literally laughed me outta camp when I started showing off my UL Gear. BUT, THEY WERE ALSO VERY JEALOUS. Their Rucks start out at 105lbs, Weapon & Ammo 27lbs +(More if your carrying a SAW). 23lbs of water. Their Rucks/Pack-Out is between 150-165+Lbs. They Jump out over Uwharrie Forrest here in NC. They Hike them in between 10-20km all night with no Fancy Trails to follow. Straight thru the Briars & Forest, just like they would have to do in an Enemies Country. They could literally carry most AT Thru hikers & their 20lb base weight packs & still cover more ground. If they were carrying 25lb base, they could do 40+ miles a day on the AT. My Dad is the Guy with the long Gray beard and Blue Pickup.
Thank you for the HIKE YOUR OWN HIKE. Here's a LINK to a GREAT ULTRA LITE Pillow It COST 88 Cents, I've bought them by the Case of 50 pieces. I would like to send you some for helping this 46yr old man get back to discovering the Great Outdoors & get to those Hidden Trout Streams.
I'll stick with my old dana designs alstralplane overkill.. its cavernous and 1000d cordura..at 25yrs and 6 continents of travel...I'm not buying into this cheap shit.. with a 1yr warranty..lol.. you kids really missed out on quality gear..
I have used Zpacks Zero pack (36L) for quick local, three day trips. Works great for a minimal amount of gear and available water. My main pack is the 60L ArcBlast, really good for my section hikes on the PCT, carry more gear and warmer sleeping bag for the Sierras. Haven't needed to strap on a bear canister yet. I made up my own V-strap, so will give it a try in the future.
One pound, five pounds, what's the difference? You're paying so much more to drop an insignificant amount of weight, just get stronger people! Lite weight is a gimmick. How much of a yuppie can you people be?
I’ve been using the Gregory Amber 44, but find it too warm and bulky. My base weight is just under 11lbs, if I can cut it down a bit more I might get a hyperlight but living in Canada, it’s a little bit more difficult to get products from American cottage companies
Put the same amount of gear in an ultralight pack vis a vis a traditional one with a proper harness I'll guarantee those carrying the ultralight pack will have a much sorer back and shoulders at the end of the day. Ultralight gear is fine when walking on well formed and graded trails but if doing hard core hiking in rugged untracked backcountry you need hard core gear.
I really enjoy your videos and am learning a lot. I use to do a lot of trail hiking back in the 70's. i am retired now and thinking of getting back in to day or weekend hiking with my wife. Your videos are a great help. They are clear, easy to understand and to the point. Thank you. We live in Minnesota, and the landscape from one area to another is always changing. Lots of hills and valleys, in summer bugs are always an issue, as is extreme high and low temps, as are bears, wolves and moose.
Can you direct us to any of your videos you think might help? have you hiked Minnesota at all. Upper Minnesota has a lot to offer.
Thanks again for your videos.
I you use the granite gear virga II. A frameless ultralight pack with only 540 g and 55 ltr. capacity. The material is a strong light ripstop-nylon. A nice alternative to expensive dyneema-packs. The price is only 191 USD/165 €.
I got a Futura 28L slimline. It is a framed pack and it is specifically designed for women, as the 30L is designed for men. It kind of has a brain which you cannot remove. However, if you want something to go on the top of it like a mat, you can get some bungee cords and they can clip onto the top of the pack. I bought this pack as it was on sale, and also I am planing on doing a couple of hikes in Thailand in November. The first is a two day hike and the second is a one day hike. I'm supper dupper excited for the holiday and for the hike, and because of where I am going it is going to be very hot, so my bag is ideal as the frame is designed to give you maximum air flow in between you and the pack. I'm already in love with this pack, and these two hikes I am going on will be my first, but hopefully not my last.
Hey Darwin. I want to thank you for putting in the metric weights of the packs. It saved me from having to do the conversion myself. :-) Thanks for thinking of your non-American and non-British viewers who are used to using metric measurements, and not imperial. I love your videos.
I like the idea of going ultralight and using cuben fibre, but i'm more of a canoeist than a hiker, and i don't know if the cuben fibre would be able to hold up to long portages and being tossed in and out of a canoe.
The main thing of anything is to go somewhere anywhere and put it on. It was like the osprey and the gregory that I wanted. But wanted to test against each other for feel. I didn't like the osprey, it was ok but if im spending that cash I better damn love it. The greg baltoro I loved everything about it EXCEPT it would not fit right. Something about my build or my back frame would not go with the backpack and I tried both sizes as I was in the middle. The top of the pack would rub lightly on the back of my head if I stood upright. And im average at 6 feet and 198 pounds.
Now I tried on others and some were nice but I ended up going for the gregory stout. Putting it outright felt great, but it felt even better especially with about 36 pounds in it because of its adjust-ability. It was the new one where the size is ranged because it adjusts in so many places. Went for the 65 as I liked it a lil more then the 75 for some reason. And my base weight is 26 lbs with a few lbs of luxury to me like my long knife that weighs about a lb 2oz. Tent is about 5 lbs marmot 2 person, summer fall bag is about 1lb 6oz So ya I could shave lbs, but I got all those on great deals and I didn't feel the need to drop 5 to 800 on the lightest material known to man. Plus I like my tent, its my luxury lol
But going there and trying them on is key. I cannot state that enough.
Still using the Go Lite Jam 50 after all these years! Helium bivy, and the a-sym hammock tarp works great and light. Would love the z-pack, but can't afford it. It's not where you hike, but who hikes with you. Thanks for all the videos and info!!
buy ultra light then reuse the parts .. might as well make plastic or foam pack with a lid . only year makes me cry . be nice to travel pack .. see how to seal and make them .. if ya doing one trip once while you got money to blow . then buy new pack every time .. cheaper than knee surgery right and hip replacements . haha
think when ya 35 to hundred years old . you wished you did ultra light. still be healthy and hiking . didn't destroy all ya joints .. trust me . farming. never carry hardly anything .. might just take plastic tarp with ya. hiking poles . string . lol. thanks for the video ... light you stay healthy over life .. or end up buying a cure or temp cure . operations .
Hi Darwin! I'm a middle aged woman who has decided to try long distance hikes as a way to get out in nature more and improve my health. I love nature and am pretty excited! I just want to thank you for your thoughtful videos. You are all about the hike and the equipment, and are wise enough to know that what works for you won't necessarily work for others. You also avoid the trivial. I really appreciate that! I'm commenting mostly to thank you for helping me think about gear and loads in a different way. I can't handle a ton of weight, but your videos touch on a range of items, rather than just a rabid love of whatever works for you. I am leaning towards more ultralight gear with a few heavier options. but you've given me the information to know what the weight and comfort levels are on many products and to rethink what might have seemed like necessities- before I even start. Thank you!!! Say hi to Snuggles- she's adorable and just as inspiring. Keep up the good work!
The video gives a good overview of where to start researching a pack that is right for you. Good info. Thanks, Darwin. Could you also do a video about UL tents? I wasn't aware of tents that could be supported by trekking poles until I saw your videos.
I am doing tons of research for a long distance hike in 2020. After a few weeks I have concluded that your voice and delivery is the easiest on the ears. Tonight I am looking at packs and remembered you - here I am. I hope the channel is benefiting you because it sure is helping me.
You can go with Walmart bag thats no too long life, not too durable, without belts and whistles and weights less that 1 OZ... and its cheap.
I'm an ultralight hiker but i want good back system on my backpack...
Thanks for the review!😎
I have an Osprey fairview 55 (there's a detachable 13l backpack included which I would not take with - so the actual backpack being then 42l) - I plan on doing the PCT in a few years and have never hiked in desert climates nor done a thru hike as I am from Northern Europe. I'm wondering whether a "travel backpack" such as this will be good for this trail or do I need to buy a new one especially made for hiking? Anyone with any experience? I have backpacked around Asia with this bag and done some smaller hikes but it is my first backpack and I am not quite sure whether there are huge differences on travel and hiking backpacks. Would appreciate any and all thoughts on the matter! :)
I love the channel, first off, it has been super helpful for me and I am glad i found it. But I was wondering, if I am starting out, packs are rather expensive but I found one on Amazon by Teton would this be a good start up option?
I have been using the Granite Gear Alpine Vapor for a couple of years and I love it. Yes, it is a bit sturdy with it´s reinforced front but it also feels like it is going to last a lifetime. I cut the little axe-holders-straps away and will be replacing these with some lighter options. Single compartment with two large mesh side-pockets makes it easy to pack and unpack. I haev Heard some negative input regarding the long roll-top but I don´t feel it is a problem since I pull it on the outside of the pack when messing around inside. Wonderful shoulder straps and waistbelt in my opinion. I carry loads of up to 18 kg without problem. Weighs in at around 1 kg.
I had a Kelty external frame pack in 1978 while hiking the AT. In today's UL era I have found the Zpacks Arc Haul to be the ideal pack for me. It's very comfortable with a carbon fiber frame that allows you to create the amount of airspace you want between the pack and the mesh trampoline against your back. At my full load of around 25-27 pounds, it is very comfortable. The frame is the same as the Arc Blast, but I'm expecting the Gridstop fabric to last a long time. That remains to be seen, but the Arc Haul is a high quality and expensive product that I believe will prove to be a good investment for the long haul.
I use a lumbar bag- I have a shoulder injury and I tried an 80%-to-hips distribution pack and going ultra light but it still was painful. Technically now I'm very minimalist in what I take- but it's ultra-small rather than ultra-light just because my focus is on it fitting into my lumbar bag which is about 20L- obviously that involves attaching things on the outside (sleeping mat, rainjacket etc.) and I don't check weight, just whether or not it fits. I also add a hip bag (aka bum bag but on the front) for snacks and stuff.
I own at least a dozen packs. The best one to use depends on what you like to do while hiking. For hunting and fishing other than ultralight, I still prefer my 30+ year old Camp Trails Omega pack. This pack has over 5000 miles of use, is stiched together and modified to my liking, and can haul more than you'll want to carry. I like the frame for strapping heavy rods, and my gun sleeve to. Now when I go hiking/fly fishing, I go semi-ultralight with my LL bean Whiteface Mt. It hauls plenty of gear, and has taken the abuse of weeks at a time bushwhacking my way into fishing areas. For work use hiking I like the CFPP system by the military. It can be modified for use to haul in chainsaws, fuel, axes and gear for backcountry fire safety, staging areas, or just off-grid construction, as is my business.
I'm disabled and my hikes are usually short and done over time. I get out in the bush for two reasons; I love being out there, and second, it is a component to getting my degree. I'm 50 and old-school to a point. All of my gear is light-weight, but I pack it in a military grade, Karrimor SF Sabre 45 with optional 12.5 l side-pockets. 45-70 l total. I sometimes need to pack a computer, instruments for weather and climate testing, and extended food supplies. I also went old school and replaced my old Danner Mountain Lights with new Mountain Lights because a lighter boot just doesn't support my foot when I'm recovering from a degenerative bone disease. If I were 100%, yes, I might buy a lighter pack but I still feel that some of these would not carry some of the gear I need. How would one of these light packs hold -up to having a snow-shovel, saw or instrument tripod being lashed to them?
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