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Ultralight Vs Traditional Packs - What's the Best for you?

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bikegirl2 (1 day ago)
ultralight try that shit in winter end up in a body bag x
Ryan Lundquist (6 days ago)
Hey Darwin! A very comfortable and durable option is the Tactical Tailor military rucksack. Those rock. Keep up the good work!
Melovessumguns (7 days ago)
What are your opinions on the Goruck packs?
Virtanen (8 days ago)
I'm totally getting the Crown 2
Andy Jonelis (11 days ago)
Great video...guess I need to take that 5 minute ride from my house and visit ZPacks
Abbey-Marie Slatter (12 days ago)
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.
Mike Howard (12 days ago)
Granite Gear Meridian owner. Took off the Top-Lid, cut off some extra straps, trimmed off attachments not needed, shaved over 2.5 lbs off the pack. Perfect 60L pack!
Craig Stensaas (20 days ago)
I'm really looking hard at the Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 40...Looks like a solid pack, kinda pricey maybe? But looks like it could stand the test of time and trail if properly cared for.
Josh Silver (1 month ago)
Absolutely love my *middle of the road* osprey talon 44! At 2.25 pounds it's still very light weight without giving up most of the comfort features of more traditional pack.
Tarryn Aitken (1 month ago)
Best pack for bad lower back ? Osprey drills my back just against it.
Laura S. (1 month ago)
I have an MEC Mistral 40L...and I really dislike it. I wound up finding your videos while doing research for a new pack :) Thanks for all the tips!
insanogeddon (1 month ago)
Kelty Redwing 50 can't be beat.
Birch (1 month ago)
aussieevonne (1 month ago)
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.
Joyseeker (1 month ago)
I'm nervy about going without a frame again. For a halfway house how's about a Berghaus Fast Hike 45? https://youtu.be/t5rPpKea-D4
Coloring With Coco (1 month ago)
Great videos! Plz keep them coming!
Liam Brown (1 month ago)
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.
Kerri Thompson (1 month ago)
Darwin....have you tried the ULA packs at all?? any feedback from anyone??? looking at the Circuit....
kman 4443 (1 month ago)
I have a Dueter and I'm pretty happy with it so far, have had it about 5 months.
Benjamin Bigham (1 month ago)
In your cuben fibre gear vid you said that it was super super durable, but the cuben fibre pack only lasts one thru hike?
fukthegoog (1 month ago)
I love my Granite Gear Virga 2. So much I'll probably get another one for wifey.
shade231 (1 month ago)
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.
Great video, Darwin! Your speeches are always good understanding as far as I'm an English speaking guy. Very interesting and useful info. One of my favourite channels so far. Greetings from Ukraine!
Patric Mbonani (1 month ago)
And they are on sale now! (-50%)
$325 for a controversial backpack - it's a little bit of expensive
Rob Lee (1 month ago)
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!!
Nadeem Leon (1 month ago)
I just wanted to say bro can u plz plz tel me what’s going to be the best sleeping bag for -30 wheather conditions
skyler hull (1 month ago)
Love your videos. Just getting into hiking and backpacking, trying to get my gear together and get out on some trails. Can't wait to see more of your videos.
cowpoke02 (1 month ago)
maybe cedar framed back pack be good invention as well or bass wood .
cowpoke02 (1 month ago)
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
cowpoke02 (1 month ago)
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!
Raine Ticket (2 months ago)
peace & love Thanks for the video
Jim Williams (2 months ago)
I have the Osprey Atmos 65 for multi-day thru hikes, or winter hikes where i need to carry snow shoes etc. I just picked up a Black Diamond Speed 40 for weekend trips (3 days or less).
Martin Blažek (2 months ago)
What backpack would you recommend for a person with herniated discs (L4 - L5 / S1) for longer trails? Thanks.
Palmer Hurst (2 months ago)
I've got a Osprey Atmos AG 50L but I'm thinking about switching to the Granite Gear Crown2
2btpatch (2 months ago)
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.
Road Wonder (2 months ago)
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.
Pinetree Outdoors (2 months ago)
i bought a regatta easypack 25l for 12 euro. yay i gotta super cheap frameless pack! oh i am thinking about switching to a regatta survivor 65 on my birthday
`Randy Cuffaro (2 months ago)
Can I ask...how did you attach the water bottle to your shoulder straps?...is there a bottle holder made for this?
NocturnalYetti (2 months ago)
76 people don't like backpacking
Aldo Sarretti (2 months ago)
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!😎
Peter Ankerstål (2 months ago)
I recently switched to the Exped Thunder 50. I this context its probably a middle of the road pack. I really love it since you can open it up with zipppers all the way down like a panel loader.
The best backpack is the one you can afford.
Zerm Ora (2 months ago)
I hiked from sequoia through King Canyon national Park over and down mount Whitney
Mark Smith (2 months ago)
Great vid, osprey all the way for me, that bomb proof guarantee means a lot!
Carlos Merighe (2 months ago)
I want to take a toaster oven, blender, microwave oven and a small fridge. Which backpack do you recommend?
bombingbloke (2 months ago)
I swear by Bach packs. Quite heavy I believe but almost bulletproof and Extremely comfortable straps.
Tobin Smith (2 months ago)
I use the osprey atmos 65 ag pack I need the extra comfort but I don't us the brain that much.
Trackhat (2 months ago)
can we get a Flextrek 37trillion review please
Edward Kenny (2 months ago)
You're videos are superb. Happy 11th Anniversary!
MrKebabsarre (2 months ago)
what a fucking poser. brand that, brand this. not a single noteworthy fact about backpacking....
Anni Saarela (2 months ago)
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! :)
Karl Pfeiffenberger (2 months ago)
i've got the baltoro 75 from gregory. it's really sweet. you get a lot of storage, not too much weight, and a great backpack. perfect for packrafting and backpacking.
Chris Boyle (2 months ago)
I really like my hyperlite mountain gear pack. The cuben fiber is on the thicker side and it 70L but only a few ounce more than the 50L. And it makes a great mountaineering pack too!
Rashad Nagi (3 months ago)
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?
FPG Vlog (3 months ago)
still love my Exos 48 and aether 60 AG :D
Anders Sandström (3 months ago)
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.
Erich Diehl (3 months ago)
No external frame hunting packs, like Kuiu, Kifaru, or Mystery Ranch?
EDC Adventures (3 months ago)
Thanks for sharing. About to use the Klymit Motion 35 for my summer UL setup
James Emerson (3 months ago)
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.
Gnome Add (3 months ago)
4lbs is a heavy pack? It’s official- I’m old. Times have changed.
Reef Larkin (3 months ago)
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.
Heath DeWalt (3 months ago)
Wow. Your channel is really well done!
Abderrahmane rawnak (3 months ago)
just got mine, Super https://www.ebay.com/itm/183294188661
Anime4 Mii (3 months ago)
Best backpack for just traveling to state???
Bobby Karnavas (3 months ago)
No external frame packs?
Julie Fréchette (3 months ago)
I bought the new version of the Gregory Deva 60. Will be going on my first overnight backpacking trip this weekend. Thanks to you and all your informative videos 😊
ANCHOR440 (3 months ago)
Got an old 40 liter JanSport traditional that weighs 26 oz. Works great for long trails and just big enough. Thanks Darwin.
JASON'S WORLD (3 months ago)
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.
Gabe Day (3 months ago)
I’m thinking about switching to the HMG wind rider because I want to start packing more UL.
Geography in Action (4 months ago)
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?
Gnome Add (4 months ago)
Wow, things have changed. I have a Lowe pack that is around 40 years old, has carried well over 80 lbs for many, many thousands of miles and might have reached it’s halfway point by now.
Coolwheelz (4 months ago)
You missed framed packs......yeah, may be old school, but still some of the best around, they don't have to be heavy and can be super comfy........
Brythonic (4 months ago)
Great video 👍
Jasper Williams (4 months ago)
thank for metric conversions
Quaker274 (4 months ago)
1 year warrenty... Tells me the product, or meterial got a flaw somewhere.
Matt (4 months ago)
hey whats up man love your videos... LAPG backpacks are cool I have the 72 hour pack right now but watching your video has me thinking about changing things up... any suggestions for a 3-4 day pack thats good for mountain hiking. I also plan on bringing a tensile tent.
Clem Johnson (4 months ago)
I think what Zpacks sells for shoulder straps and hip belts is insulting. Every penny you spend goes into a yard of fabric. Then they take the old shoulder straps off of Coleman external frame packs from the late 80's and sew them onto Cuban fiber. With all the tech thats out there today (look at Arc'Teryx, Gregory, Ospery) and your $300+ pack has single layer open cell egg crate foam. Insulting what they charge and what we'll pay for a glorified "composite" contractor bag with sewn on straps.
Clem Johnson (4 months ago)
Gregory Optic 58.....the newcomer
Al Barkley (4 months ago)
I used a granite gear vapor trail pack on the AT back in 2004 and it was around two pounds. That was not ultralight at the time but it seemed indestructible. I often used it as a bench to sit on when taking a snack break and I didn't think twice about about doing so,
Hahahahahahha!! My God!!! That's lightweight!! I have the Deuter AC Pro 60+15 and it weights 3400grs :c
Karl Striepe (4 months ago)
Jesus, why get an ultra-light if it costs 400 bucks and has a use-length of two or three years? Gotta be money-bags.
Shirley Diwert (4 months ago)
Thank you Darwin for the SUPER info!!   I started hitch hiking world in 1969   LOL (that went FAST!!!).  Hostels were .60cents/night.  Then after Nixon went off gold the inflation went into overdrive (a whole other story)!!   In those days there weren't too many choices.  Gear was stolen, so back to the 21C ovwhelm.  Thanks for starting to educate me thru the commercial  field today!!   You do an excellent job 5*****
Vinyl Landslide (4 months ago)
I carry the Gregory Baltoro 70. The pack is a little heavier then some but the comfort and storage in my opinion are worth it. I’ve always owned Gregory packs. The suspension system works well with my back. Also you can cut down on weight with ultralight gear.
Zaine Darrington (4 months ago)
Sorry it weighs 3.9 lbs
Zaine Darrington (4 months ago)
I use the gregory paragon 58 and it weighs around 2 lbs
Andrew James (4 months ago)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85!
Tansy McBurnie (4 months ago)
I would be curious to hear snuggle's opinion on bags. As a female hiker, I wear my hip straps above the hip bones and let it sit just above them. But both the male REI staff and my hiking partner (also male) have told me to wear it ON my hips, which feels very uncomfortable. Have I been wearing packs wrong my whole life, or is this something that is due to my hip shape?
Snuggles Onthetrail (4 months ago)
Hey Tansy! I do the same with my pack....I have tried carrying my pack on the hips but I just can't do it, just like you I find it very uncomfortable. I also go above the hips. I say you gotta do what's comfortable for you! -Snuggles
Safiri Jorgensen (4 months ago)
Dude. Great Videos! Are you using to record video and audio?
Gone With The Nguyens (4 months ago)
I've heard great things about Osprey's. I may need to get one eventually! I also want to try a Z-pack, so I guess I will need to do more research and find out which one will be best for me! Great video!
William Davis (4 months ago)
Thanks for the info. Great vids, as always. I think I like the middle of the road packs. I'm going to have to look into them. Currently carry a cheap (really cheap), Walmart traditional, because it was all i could afford to get before my last trip. It's ok, but not the greatest pack.
3vegemite (5 months ago)
Great video, man!
3vegemite (5 months ago)
John Seed doing backpack reviews... I f‘in love it !!! 😂🤘🏻
Grey Jedi (5 months ago)
I use a berghaus crusader it is super rugged l went for this because every bag I've owned usually breaks and so but this one 6 years later and it still looks new and it lives it is not light but very very bomb proof
R T (5 months ago)
Why do people go with all this expensive ultra light gear packing ultra minimal and then carry bitch sticks.
AzraelThanatos (5 months ago)
I'm less of a longer distance hiker due to other things, mainly with day hikes. The pack I've been doing really well for that is the Travel Inspira 35L one that can fold up. I can fit everything I need in there easily, it's pretty well water resistant and can take a pretty good beating if you go off the trails. Things dead cheap as well, and it lets me pack some extra stuff for friends and family if needed.
Allan MacDonald (5 months ago)
Do you talk about why you left the Atmos 65 behind in any more detail elsewhere? Cool stuff. Thanks.
Daniel Davey (5 months ago)
Exos 58 - all the way
Chuck Littleton (5 months ago)
Being older then dirt I always thought the Traditional packs were like the Trapper Nelson ones. Especially the Kelty ones which were modified Trapper Nelsons. Then the modern internal frames came along making the external frames almost extinct. Moving into the recent past along came the frame less packs. With the progressive and constant evolution of packs the future will be interesting. I went from a Kelty external frame Super Tioga to a frame less Zpacks Nero with several different packs sandwiched in between the two during my life time. Today I like to do section hikes and a lighter pack makes the trip a lot more comfortable.

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