Jan 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm #1283703
I usually use a GG G4 backpack for long-distance trips and I am very happy with it. But when I tried to pack it for my first long winter camping trip in years I had to realise that it is just too small for my winter gear. Weight is not the issue here as my winter base weight ist only about 1,5 kg higher than my normal 3 season base weight of 6 kg. The problem is volume: My winter sleeping bag alone, a WM Puma, is so bulky that it almost completely fills up the GG G4. Add a thicker sleeping pad and some more winter clothes and the G4 turned out way too small.
Instead I had to use an old Golite Gust that has unfortunately been discontinued. The Golite Gust has a capacity of 4,600 c.i. (75 l) and is just about big enough. As this old Golite Gust is almost falling apart I will soon need a replacement, but all the UL backpacks that come to my mind are far less voluminous than that.
Any suggestions for UL backpacks with a volume of at least 4,600 c.i. or 75 l?
ChristineJan 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm #1819832
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
MLD Ark has the volume your looking for;
ULA Catalyst is a 2nd option;
http://ula-equipment.com/catalyst.aspJan 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm #1819833
drowning in spamMember
Please clarify. The G4 is 4000 c.i. and you want a pack that's only 600 c.i. bigger?
In any case, this might be a good place to use a pack like the ULA Epic that lets you choose how big the pack is.Jan 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm #1819845
The G4 has only 3,200 c.i. in the main body – the other 800 c.i. come with the mesh pockets. But I cannot store much of my winter stuff in those mesh pockets which renders them almost useless for winter trips. The mesh pockets are too small for any substantial bulky loads and also it is difficult to waterproof stuff stowed in the mesh pockets.
The Gust has all its 4,600 c.i. in the main body because it does not have any mesh pockets at all. Therefore I am really comparing 3,200 c.i. (G4) with 4,600 c.i. (Gust).
Unfortunately the same applies to the suggestions of the MLD Ark and the Catalyst where a lot of the volume is also located in the mesh pockets whereas I need almost all the volume in the main body.
Sorry for the confusion! I hope this clarifies my question.
ChristineJan 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm #1819879
@traumaheadLocale: Cen Cal
Check out HMG's Expedition pack. 4400 cu/in for 27 oz. IIRC that's not counting the stays though.Jan 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm #1819954
Art TyszkaBPL Member
Six Moon Designs has some pretty large packs, pretty sure the Swift is only 15oz w/o the stay and a few people have actually found it too large.
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