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Most backpackers carrying a standard load will want somewhere from 4000-5000 cubic inches. If you tend to travel alone and go light weight you can probably get by with 3000-3500. One thing that's been recommended is to take all your gear with you to the store when you buy the pack. Its the only way you'll know for sure what size will work for you. Alternatively, you could try renting packs of different sizes before you buy one.1) What is a comfortable size pack for 2-3 day hikes. I want to get something big enought for the gear yet not a monster. I see sizes ranging from <2000 thru 6000+ cubic inches.
Please read this thread:2) I am leaning toward an internal frame. What are the pros/ cons to Internal vs. External?
I consider hydration systems too gimmicky and superfluous (sp?). The more complex a pack is, the more possible points of failure there are, and the heavier the pack is. But, if this is something you must have, it would probably not be too difficult to rig something up with your current bladder. Its not neccessary to shell out extra $$ for a built-in hydration system, IMO.3) Is there a consensus on an integrated hydration system? I have a small pack I carry on day trips, and like the convienience. Are the multi-day packs with built-in hydration worth the extra $$? Should I jsut take the baldder from my current system and put it in antother pack?
Those brand names are all good starter packs. If you are positive that you will enjoy backpacking and will put your equipment to good use, then you may want to invest a bit more in one of the high-end packs made by companies like Gregory, Dana Design or Osprey. They cost more but they will last a lot longer as well.4) I have been looking at Kelty/ North Face/ REI - are there some other names to consider. I'm not affraid to spend some money if there is value there.
I'd definitely say that ArcTeryx is the best fitting pack I have owned..Very comfortable harness and fairly good ventilation (for an Internal Frame!)Randy wrote: I'd probably add ArcTeryx to his list and thats about it...-R
pfredricks and the others above have given quite a "short course" on packs. Man, it'd be hard to do better anywhere! Especially on the spur of the moment! Great job!pfredricks wrote:
-Even consider color- let me just say BLACK is bad in the desert.