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Stuff Sacks?

Postby InsaneBoost » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:43 pm

How many of you all have stuff sacks for multiple things? I've been reading and it appears it's a smart idea to have one for your kitchen and one for your clothes. Some say three for extra stuff like a camera, journal, etc.

I assume it would be wise for at least the kitchen and clothes? Are there any brands that are best? Obviously waterproof would be a must. I see Sea to Summit has some, but they run from $22-$50. Is this a good buy for the quality? Better routes?

Should I use a trash bag instead?

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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby maverick » Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:38 pm

Depends on your personal style, its like buying a backpack, some folks like to throw
everything into one large compartment, other like have several compartments to
keep things organized to the tee.
All my kitchen gear in my cooking pot, so not sacks needed. Sleeping bag and down
jacket are in a garbage bag at the bottom of my pack, the rest of clothes are stuffed
around my bear canister to keep it stable. Do carry one stuff sack for socks, underwear,
and extra sleepwear, this sack turn into a pillow for the evening.
If I was out on an extended trip or in a wetter area (PNW) then things would change, but
Sierra is pretty easy to deal with.
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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby InsaneBoost » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:14 pm

Good to know and didn't even think about doing that for a pillow. Good thinking.
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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby austex » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:32 pm

I carry a few. One for cook wear, socks-underwear, first aid and headlamp. Just adds a few ounces all sylnylon (light and pretty waterproof)and double as a stuffed pillow. Color coded so they are easy to sort and keep like things together. Real cheap on Sierra Trading post and Ebay. As Mav says; a personal choice. If it starts to pour, I want to grab my poncho asap and not have to dig for it; or dress a gash in my leg. Sylnylon also can carry water up to camp to filter away from it's source.
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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby gary c. » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:53 pm

I carry a plastic trash bag to use as a pack liner if needed and to put my pack in if left out in the weather. I also use it to blow up my sleeping pad. I have a dry sack that my down bag and down sweater go into and pack it in the bottom of my pack. I have a stuff sack that I picked just because it has a satin feel to carry my thermals and extra socks in that doubles as a pillow. I've heard of other folks that separate everything into stuff sack for organization but I'm more like Maverick. I like to use everything else to pack around my bear can and to keep things from rattling around.
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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby The Other Tom » Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:06 am

I use one for my sleeping pad and one for my quilt, mainly to "get the air out" and keep things more compact. I guess it's more of a compression sack than a "stuff" sack. I also line my pack with a trash bag in case of rain.
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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby freestone » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:12 am

I use a small ditty bag for first aide and personal items and the Snozzle (Exped pad inflator) as a large water proof stuff sack for all the weather sensitive gear in the pack instead of a large garbage bag. I am the guy who stuffs it all in the pack, sans stuff sacks, everything weighs something, including stuff sacks.
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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby sparky » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:04 am

I prefer to not put clothing in a stuff sack to fill in all the gaps. More important in a frameless pack, but I find it carries better.
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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby rlown » Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:11 pm

same is true in a framed pack. I stuff all the extra clothes in the bottom area around the can. My fleece (always carried) is used for the pillow.

as my sleeping bag is strapped on, it's in it's sack. stove and pump, in their sacks. "Extra food" is in a sack that doesn't fit the first day in the can. Do you consider ziplocks a sack as well?
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Re: Stuff Sacks?

Postby sparky » Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:32 pm

No, zip lock are baggies!

And yes I like to use my down jacket as a bear can koozie. Keep that cheese nice and cold
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