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#124637 - 02/21/08 12:48 PM Need a new backpack
dweste Offline
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Well, it has finally happened. The old Kelty backpack lasted 25 years with various repairs, patches, hand-sewn additions, etc. But while I was napping a friend placed it too close to a fire thinking it would reflect light and heat and, well, let’s just say the waist belt and bag melted and burned beyond all hope of recovery. The external frame is warped, looks a bit melted in one spot, and I do not trust it anymore. And the stench ….

My friend is very apologetic but I need a new, or at least new to me, backpack. I have been looking on-line and the variety and prices of the “new” stuff are a bit dazzling. My buddy is going to buy the replacement but I am not going to stick him with a $300 plus tab. He insists on buying a replacement though I told him the value of the old pack couldn't be more than $50.

I have no experience with the military stuff but it is intriguing. I am a many-pockets not a one-big-sack guy. The fire experience also makes me wonder if different materials are in order. I like the system packs for which I can get various add-on pouches, etc. beyond the initial $200-250 setup my friend is going to cough up. Never had a camelback and it is not a requirement but I can see the advantages.

So, assuming: a price under $250 and a base capacity of at least 2000 cubic inches, what would you recommend?


Edited by dweste (02/21/08 12:52 PM)

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#124639 - 02/21/08 12:53 PM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: dweste]
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I think that items that are very personal, as in fit and need, are hard for people to recommend. I would suggest that you visit a outdoor/backpacking store such as REI and try on a variety of their packs. I would not recommend any military packs I have ever seen, they are normally a one size fits none type of thing, very heavy for their size, painful to carry...
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#124648 - 02/21/08 01:45 PM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: dweste]
saniterra Offline
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Registered: 08/07/06
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Loc: Mebane, NC
Since you seem to have had good luck with Kelty, be advised that they make a military/tactical line of packs. Most of them seem to be very similar to their sports/consumer line of packs, both a few seem to have molle compatability. Google Kelty military packs. I myself prefer non-military type gear as it is less conspicuous in a non-military environment. Hanging lots of stuff off of a pack can make it unwieldy, unbalanced and more likely to snag on things.

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#124713 - 02/21/08 06:47 PM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: dweste]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Quote:
So, assuming: a price under $250 and a base capacity of at least 2000 cubic inches, what would you recommend?


You may find this review interesting for the Karrimor Sabre 45,

http://www.bushcraftuk.com/index.php/Carrying-stuff/Karrimor-Sabre-45-Rucksack.html




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#124714 - 02/21/08 06:51 PM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: saniterra]
dweste Offline
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I'm intrigued by this one:

http://www.gossamergear.com/cgi-bin/gossamergear/Mariposa-Plus.html

Thoughts? Experiences?

Thanks.

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#124881 - 02/22/08 09:32 PM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: dweste]
mtnhiker Offline
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Registered: 11/18/05
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Loc: Nevada,USA
The North Face has a new medium size pack(about 2500 cu.in.) called the Skareb 40. Looks like a good pack. A couple different compartments,hydration compatable etc. I think this is going to be my next pack if my TNF terra 40 ever wears out.
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#124883 - 02/22/08 09:37 PM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: mtnhiker]
mtnhiker Offline
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P.S. The Solaris 40 is another one by North face worth taking a look at. I think they are both around 150.00
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#125099 - 02/24/08 08:25 PM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: mtnhiker]
dweste Offline
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Thanks to all.

My ideal pack spec list so far:

An external frame that becomes an outdoor “chair” back support when the load is removed..

A waist support system that field detaches from the frame to become a standalone fanny, lumbar pack.

A backpack that field detaches from the frame to become a frameless or internal-framed, standalone, pack.

A daypack that field detaches from the frame to become a frameless or internal-framed, standalone pack.

Tough, waterproof bags to be used internally or externally to the external frame or to the other packs.

Detachable sternum strap with secure camera and / or binocular carrying capability for use with any frame or pack combination.

Hydration system that fits both the backpack and the daypack.

Of course everything is ultra light, waterproof, camouflage, and extra durable.

That’s not asking for too much is it?

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#125315 - 02/26/08 04:39 AM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: dweste]
dweste Offline
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#125343 - 02/26/08 05:26 PM Re: Need a new backpack [Re: dweste]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Hi dweste



Not at 4.6 Kg (10lbs), it isn't. The DG-6 is even considerably heavier than the 120L (vast storage space) PLCE British Army Bergen!! (nearly twice the weight at 2.8 Kg).



http://www.genuinearmysurplus.co.uk/page...d-new/rowid=231

http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/reviews/showproduct.php/product/336 (for some reviews of the PLCE Bergen)








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