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hddan
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Lightweight Backpacks

Post by hddan »

Hi,

I'm looking to shave a few pounds off of my current internal frame pack. I'm looking to get a pack that I can use all year around so I need 3000-4000 c.i. capacity.

I'm looking at the following:

REI UL45 Large size
Golite Speed Pack
Gregory Z-Pack
Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone

If anyone has any suggestions as to which would be better, I would appreciate it. They are all within $60 of each other so price is really not a consideration. Thanks for your help.

Dan
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Re: Lightweight Backpacks

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Have to agree with you Liz, on the hammock thing. I'm more comfortable on the ground. Just need to find a lightweight ground cover. I heard fabric shower curtains work well. Seems a little short for me, I'm 6'1". Using a cheap tarp for now that works pretty good.
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lightweight ground cover?? i know nothing of this if you ask me... :sl:

http://gossamergear.com/shelters/shelte ... edium.html

http://zpacks.com/accessories/tyvek.shtml

http://zpacks.com/shelter/cuben_groundsheet.shtml

a large yard leaf hefty bag also works, but not gonna last a whole season.
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Ace Hdw. sells various thicknesses of plastic by the foot/yard.
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Sheets of plastic! :doh:
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kevinweitzel75 wrote:Sheets of plastic!
This is pretty funny, actually! I'm trying to find a high(er)-tech alternative to the blue 5x7 tarp I've been using and I'm seeing references to polyolefin sheet plastic... That will shrink in hot weather!! I was thinking some of the new sil-nylon would be perfect but I'm not so sure...
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PLC92084 wrote:I've been using and I'm seeing references to polyolefin sheet plastic... That will shrink in hot weather!!
How hot are they considering hot, is my question. I think I am going to try the leaf bag that Te-Wa suggested. I have been using a cheap tarp also. Mine is alittle big...8x10. (I think) Figure if need be, can make a shelter with it. But, lighter the better. I bought an Osprey Atmos 65 pack the other day. Found it on Craigs List, brand new and only paid $150 for it. Not really what I was looking for, but I have wanted one for awhile now, and couldn't beat the price. At just over 3 pounds, need to drop as much weight as possible on my gear. Time to look at my gear again for the 10th time. :D
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Re: Lightweight Backpacks

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tyvek "house wrap" is the best choice. silnylon will do you no good, its like a greased dance floor and you in banana peel shoes.

go to lowes or the home depot for tyvek. or, you can buy it from a vendor. ebay has it cheap too.
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ended, must've gone quick.
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i have had many packs. probably about 10 of them, starting with an old arc'teryx bora 65 before i started the journey to lighter gear. i finally settled on the ONE. gossamer gear gorilla. just checked the site, and it looks like my 9 year old son is getting a new gift for the upcoming holidays. Trishness might find this pack a good fit (for little ppl and leprechauns, too!). http://gossamergear.com/kids-mariposa-u ... kpack.html
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Re: Lightweight Backpacks

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Hyperlite is working on an Ultralight Backpack that shows Promise. I saw a Prototype in Ouray. There are currently 3 Prototypes in use at this Moment for three people that are doing a Two,Month long Thru-hike of the Entire Length of the Grand Canyon.
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