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How disappointing!WilliamnWendi wrote:and no we didn't look at the Whipsnake .
We tried the Gregory Deva (I had pre-screened that on-line) but she has got some back issues that packs that rigid in the way they try to manipulate the back hits her wrong and these did just that, along with 3 others in the women's category. A Deuter at "Hiking Shack" was the best fit last time but she couldn't pull the trigger because she wanted to make sure she actually liked backpacking. For our Aravaipa overnighter (Our first camping/backpacking ever together) we rented from the Shack. She enjoyed the trip but hated the rentals(unisex/men's with a woman in it). The Hiking Shack has of course moved now, and their return policy was bit more limited compared to REI'sOutdoor Lover wrote:What all did she try on? And did you take some stuff with you to pack it with? So she could get a "feel" for how the pack feels loaded? I got a Gregory Z40 and I have to say, it's been extremely comfortable. The only thing that I wish it had is more compartments so I can carry the plumbing along with the sink... But I'm 5'7" with medium torso....I'm not sure you're going to find anything comfortable in a "Unisex" type, with her height and small torso....
I actually emailed her a link to that when you first posted that under a guise that it was a review of a pack that I was considering for her. Later I used it as a threat if she didn't come along to do a dreaded "Fit". Luckily I am getting to the point where I know enough about pack fitting without needing to get too many others involved.Outdoor Lover wrote:How disappointing!WilliamnWendi wrote:and no we didn't look at the Whipsnake .
I wonder if maybe she is under a 15 and that is why there are so many no fits. I'll look for the Kelty Shadow, I don't think we have seen that yet. We have been loading the packs with the weights that REI provides and packing just as you would for the real deal: heavy towards the small of the back and lighter stuff around it.Trishness wrote: (Kelty Shadow 4500) that is adjustable from 13-16 inches that isn't a kiddie back or an external frame adjustable
I guess the joke was on you!WilliamnWendi wrote:Guys, careful using the video trick, she didn't watch till later in the day. I forgot all about it even after I got a text from her, "Whipsnake! Really?". I was driving home and thought there was a snake in the yard. I raced home trying to figure our why a "Whipsnake" would be in my side yard and how Wendi remembered what one looked like.
azbackpackr wrote: True, the gear may cost more, especially the sleeping bag
The tent and both sleeping bags are in my pack, hers will have clothes, sleeping pad, some food, her water. I've read through the threads and looked and the prices seemed far out of our budget at the time, probably still. I will check out the packs you and Trish suggested for sure though, thanks a bunch... I think another problem was with many of those places being mail order and given Wendi's circumstances that seems like a crap shoot with loaded dice, it's been awhile since I've looked at that market for her so I will check again.azbackpackr wrote:REI isn't in the business of selling SUL gear. Look on the threads on HAZ for discussions about which companies make that gear. They are small companies--cottage industries. Threads such as this one: viewtopic.php?f=36&t=2158&start=0
That's when you go to the stores, find the one you like, and then go mail order...WilliamnWendi wrote: I think another problem was with many of those places being mail order and given Wendi's circumstances that seems like a crap shoot with loaded dice, it's been awhile since I've looked at that market for her so I will check again.