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nonot wrote:I agree w/AZbackpacker - a jansport backpack and water bottles is cheap and easy. It will work until you finally get sick of having to take off your pack to get a drink.
I sure have had the hose freeze-up problem when cross country skiing! As for the waist belts, I love them, and am constantly surprised at how many people cut them off. I guess for a lot of people they don't need the weight on the waist. I do find it saves my achy shoulders, though. It also stabilizes the pack, keeps it from swinging around if you do a lot of rock scrambling.azhiker96 wrote:One issue I've seen with bladders is hose freeze up on winter hikes. If you do go with a hydration bladder I agree with buying a name brand. They are more reliable than the cheapies and you don't want to lose your water when you're deep in the wilderness.
A cheap day pack is not a bad idea but get one with a waist belt if you can and try to adjust the pack so most of the weight is carried through the belt on your hips. Your shoulders will thank you for it.