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Backpack Recommendation

Postby Nozmo King » Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:15 pm

I'd like to get some recommedations on good, internal-frame backpacks with 80-90 liter capacity. I've been backpacking for a little over 30 years but have tended to purchase gear that's on the less expensive side. I don't mind spending more this time. I'd like to get a sturdy, lightweight backpack, with comfort as my #1 priority. I'm a slim male & often have trouble with hip belts sliding over my hips on long hikes. Anyhow, at this point in life, I've earned my stripes & wouldn't mind buying a top-of-the-line product. Any recommedations for a middle-aged guy who wants to upgrade his backpack? I'm currently using an REI Mars 80, which is OK, but maybe something significantly better is out there?



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Re: Backpack Recommendation

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:58 pm

Like shoes you really need to get the fit right. Take your gear to the store, fill
the pack, and then carry it around in the store to see how it feels. Having a
knowledgeable person to help with fit is important. If you find something you
like and purchase from a store like REI you can take it out on a test ride, see
how it preforms on the trail, and if it is not up to par than return it.
The only problem with REI is that their selection is not always the greatest.
Pick up a copy of Backpacker Magazine's Gear Guide Issue or Outside Magazine's
Gear Issue will give you some good ideas on what is out there, but being able to
try them on is a whole different story.
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Re: Backpack Recommendation

Postby artrock23 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:09 pm

I've been really happy with my Osprey Aether 70 (they also make an 85). My usual load is 40-50lbs. It's the most comfortable pack i've ever had.
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Re: Backpack Recommendation

Postby MountainMinstrel » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:00 pm

Will the Osprey hold a Bear Vault 500 Horizontally?
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Re: Backpack Recommendation

Postby Rockchucker » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:31 pm

My osprey exos 58 fits a bearvault 500 horizontally.
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Re: Backpack Recommendation

Postby MountainMinstrel » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:16 am

Thanks for the info.
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Re: Backpack Recommendation

Postby apeman45 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:38 pm

I have the Osprey Aether 70 and like it. Fits a BV500 horizontally no problem. I had an 80L pack before this and wanted to go smaller and lighter but not UL. I can easily fit everything I need in the Aether for week long trips. You can always strap a couple things on the outside if you want but I fit everything inside and I have room to spare. My typical starting weight is 40 to 50 pounds. It's getting harder to even find the bigger packs anymore. I'm enjoying not carrying as much so you might want to check out your other gear and see if you can go a little smaller and lighter.
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Re: Backpack Recommendation

Postby Nozmo King » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Thanks for the recommendations. I bought the Osprey Xenith 88. I've only had it out once but plan on a longer trip in September. I liked it. It kept the weight on my hips better than my old REI Mars pack, & it's well-designed. I still need more time to evaluate it, though, & decide whether it's actually worth the extra expense. I overloaded it with gear & my feet paid the price. I'm going to try to reduce my load for my next journey & see what I think.
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Re: Backpack Recommendation

Postby sciaticnve » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:20 pm

Hey!
I purchased a HMG Porter, got the 3400 model. Love the pack. Broke it in on a 4 day, hike from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows, hiked south via the PCT. weight with food was 24 lbs, love the pack! Let me know if you have any questions! Solid pack!
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