Jul 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm #1291674
I've got a question to throw out there…does anyone have any advice on expedition size backpacks? Ive recently (about 8mths ago) got my first CiloGear pack, and i really like it due to its lightness and its lack of bells in whistles…i think too many packs out there have too much stuff added to them that arent really neccessary. However, i'm not sure its the best pack out there for my trip to alaska next year. I also think that the denali pro is way too heavy…anyways, any advice on expeditions packs would be great….thanksJul 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm #1892318
Hyperlite Mountain Gear. I love my Porter.Jul 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm #1892321
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McHaleJul 5, 2012 at 8:16 am #1892366
having some idea of what you are going to be doing with the pack will help in getting pointed in the right direction. as mentioned above, if money is no object dan mchale can/will pretty-much build whatever you could dream of. i've got a cilogear 60l and it's pretty-much as big as i'd ever need. if i was going to alaska to climb denali (west butt) i'd be trying to borrower or would buy cilo's 75l. as far as well designed, big volume load haulers at a competitive price, the cilo 75l is hard to beat. i'd have very few opportunities to use a pack that big again. some of my climbing partners, who can own pretty much any pack they want, still use their old dana terraplane or gregory denali as their "expedition" packs that they've modified and cut things off of over the years. they are not light packs by any stretch of the imagination, but as mchale will tell you, when you start hauling a lot of weight, the pack weight as a percentage of total weight (i know, heresy on backpackinglight.com) becomes less important when compared to its ability to carry a lot of weight comfortably. most important in your pack selection is how it fits you, no matter which manufacturer/pack you choose.Jul 5, 2012 at 8:41 am #1892370
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
The pack you need is Mystery Ranch Trance XXX it is a 69 liter no frills pack made out of Xpac cordura and Mx 25 Kevlar impregnated cordura bottom and only weighs 4 pounds 2 ounces. A all Xpac bag make it pretty water proof.
It has the famous Mystery Ranch hauling system with a X frame that Dana Gleason pioneered back in the old Dana Designs days can haul 30 to 50 lbs and the X frame has been tested to carry 70 lbs if needed.
Or if you need a more recent version of Dana Designs Terra plane the Mystery Ranch G5000 is 82 liters pack hauls 50 to 80 lbs.
TerryJul 5, 2012 at 9:50 am #1892382
@mrmuddyLocale: No Cal
I love my Osprey Aether 85 !
I've owned a bunch including a Dana Desing Terraplane . and this is my favorite .. Super comfortableJul 5, 2012 at 10:18 am #1892385
Another vote for McHale, it's a custom pack so it's not cheap or quick.Jul 5, 2012 at 10:23 am #1892387
Plus 1 on the Porter and the MR Trance. The Trance is very large and the suspension is good to 50 plus lbs easily. Good pricing as well and the quality is second to none.Jul 5, 2012 at 10:29 am #1892390
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@hikerduaneLocale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
How long of a trip and activity?
I used my Six Moons Design 4200 ci pack three years ago for a six day trip, worked fine.
DuaneJul 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm #1892444
> Another vote for McHale, it's a custom pack so it's not cheap or quick.
Especially if you order it in Dyneema, which I did with mine. It's quite a bit lighter than you'd expect for a similarly sized pack in a conventional fabric, but yes… they are pricey.
That said, they're also precisely what you want, since they're custom made. Plus, Dan doesn't mind answering questions about the packs and features so that you can make educated decisions about what you're getting.Jul 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm #1892460
@nzbazzaLocale: New Zealand
The prototype was Ed Staffords's pack for his 800+ day expedition walking the Amazon from source to sea.
Ed talking about the pack:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvXL7SeetPgJul 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm #1892474
@todd1960Locale: Coastal Southern California
+1. No comparison for carrying comfort and quality.Jul 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm #1892475
Except Mystery Ranch that are equal in quality and carrying ability. Heck, their external designs are for carrying well over 100 lbs ( yuck!).
And yes, I have owned both.Jul 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm #1892488
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Sure, it makes sense to go with Mystery Ranch if you were going to make a custom McHale pack that was the same as a Mystery Ranch. There's much more to a pack than quality and its suspension.Jul 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm #1892490
I just wanted to be clear that one not need to buy a full dyneema pack that costs $1200 to have high quality load hauler. The benefit of a Mchale is that you get the fabrics and options that YOU want. It is definitely appealing. But the OP did not mention such a need.Jul 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm #1892506
thanks for all the responses! yes, i am shopping around for a pack for denali (w.butt) I'm gonna check out all the advice that you guys gave me and hopefully come to a conclusion! once again, thanks for the advice!!Jul 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm #1892507
Another vote for the Osprey Aether line. They come in 60, 70 and 85 liters.
I have the 60 and use it more than other packs because it is so comfy.Jul 6, 2012 at 6:18 am #1892578
@johng10Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
My lowe carries the best of all the packs I've tried when I need to carry 40+ pounds and negotiate rough terrain. I think it's because the pack is a tall narrow & shallow shape, and the back curves forward quite a bit more than packs made for walking upright on smooth trails.Jul 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm #1892645
C'mon David, you don't really believe that!
The guy is looking for an expedition pack, you know that McHale would be be a good choice for him.
I own three of them, and have owned two Mystery Ranch packs myself. Frankly, I was disappointed in the MR Trances load carrying ability on my trip to the Tetons one summer. Loved my G5000…up to 40 lbs.Jul 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm #1892655
Charlie, I don't believe what?
What I said was, and I quote, "Except Mystery Ranch that are equal in quality and carrying ability. Heck, their external designs are for carrying well over 100 lbs ( yuck!)."
There is nothing in this statement that is incorrect. I felt the quality was equal, both excellent, and better than off the rack packs currently available. The MR NICE frame, an external design, was developed for hauling over 100 lb loads.
Then I said, "I just wanted to be clear that one not need to buy a full dyneema pack that costs $1200 to have high quality load hauler. The benefit of a Mchale is that you get the fabrics and options that YOU want. It is definitely appealing. "Jul 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm #1892670
if this pack work/fits you this is a pretty good deal:
i know a couple of guys who've used this pack and liked it alot.
standard no-shill disclaimer: i'm not the seller and don't know the seller, just passing along what appears to be a good deal.Jul 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm #1892728
McHale.Jul 7, 2012 at 8:23 am #1892807
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
I have seen video at I think it a SHOT show were the MR sales reps and customers were carrying around full grow men hanging on the frame. That how heavy duty the NICE frame is. The primary use is the military needed a pack frame that would carry heavy combat gear or a wounded solider if needed out of harms way . Back country hunters use NICE frame also MR also has adapted it for expedition backpacking. So if you plan on doing some hunting and carrying a hunting rifle plus ammo the NICE frame system is your choice.
The nice Frame/Shoulder straps/hipbelt alone weighs 4lbs, 4oz.,
The packs I suggested are internal lighter weight framed packs that will get the job done for any thru hike with less weight .
I was also talking to a MR sales rep about how to adapted Street Fighter pack in to light weight weekend pack with a roll top and larger width sides for extra volume. Using X pac through out the pack instead of cordura 500d. He told me the frame sheet/shoulder straps/ hip belt alone weighs 1 lbs.
He said their company will leave the ultra light weight stuff to the specialty cottage manufactures.
TerryJul 7, 2012 at 8:31 am #1892809
"Hyperlite Mountain Gear. I love my Porter."
… and my Expedition. 4400 cu in, with daisy chains to strap on more gear if required. Light, but carries well.Jul 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm #1893250
> Rakish mentions to look at a full dyneema Mchale, which isn't necessary to get the inherent goodness of the pack.
You made the same mistake he did…
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