Jan 29, 2012 at 9:05 am #1284860
So, thanks for all the replies on the first thread. I was trying to see what there is out there these days,. in a market, that seems to be passed over quite a bit.
Short of old design travel packs from Mei and the like, or 800 dollar custom packs by Mchale, or make your own, there really isn't much out there, specially, if you wear a size large. I couldn't find length dimensions for things like a large Osprey talon 44 or HMG wind rider, so I don't know if what people suggested was for sm, med, or large. It looked like the GG Gorilla size sm and med are 22" or shorter, but the large appears to be 24" tall.
The other thing that might be an important consideration, for people wanting a world travel pack, that is capable of hauling a couple of gallons of water and gear, is going through customs. Personally, I would prefer a panel loader, so I didn't have to have a yard sale every time I went through customs.
It seems to me that with everything getting smaller and lighter these days, that someone would come up with a really well designed carry on sized, panel loading pack, with an internal frame, that is made from durable lightweight fabric and didn't set you back 800 bucks.Jan 29, 2012 at 9:32 am #1831220
Dan McHale's packs are not $800. The SARC series starts below $500 with some VERY capable packs.Jan 29, 2012 at 9:51 am #1831228
@whiskeyLocale: Middle Tennessee
The Osprey Talon series has an adjustable harness, so if you are under 19" torso, then go s/m, if over 19" go m/l. There are only two sizes.Jan 29, 2012 at 10:01 am #1831233
I agree with you about panel loaders. That's one reason I have a Mountainsmith ghost .I think you should then search for panel loaders like this one , now unavailable but a common sort of type.
http://www.rei.com/product/726060/rei-vagabond-20-travel-packJan 29, 2012 at 10:04 am #1831234
who in the world can only have one pack?Jan 29, 2012 at 10:08 am #1831239
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
McHale LBP 34 +1
Here is a picture of mine;
This brown/grey full dyneema LBP 34 weighs just 2 lbs, 5 oz stripped of it's accessories but still with the kangaroo pocket, twin 7075-T6 stays, and comfortable back pad/vent . It has a volume of 3,000+ cuin. including the kangaroo pocket and carries 30 lbs easily off the shoulders.
Accessories include; two bottle pockets (not shown), two belt packets, one shoulder strap pocket and the summit lid.Jan 29, 2012 at 10:44 am #1831248
"…someone would come up with a really well designed carry on sized, panel loading pack, with an internal frame, that is made from durable lightweight fabric and didn't set you back 800 bucks."
Sounds like you're describing the SMD Traveler with the optional internal hoop.
http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/packs/Traveler.htmlJan 29, 2012 at 10:47 am #1831250
And as usual many have searched for this before you .
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=29760Jan 29, 2012 at 10:58 am #1831252
new recipe soon.Jan 29, 2012 at 11:13 am #1831254
In regards to these $800 packs….um why? Is it made of helium that helps an 80lb pack feel like a balloon on your back? Does it stop bullets? I don't see why anyone in their right mind would spend $800 on a backpack.
Oh and for $800, the customer service and warranty better be no questions asked.Jan 29, 2012 at 11:16 am #1831255
@benwoodLocale: flatlands of MO
i respect your packs and i'm sure they are nice. but… I find your website very hard to navigate or understand and i seriously doubt i could get a clear price in just 2 clicks.Jan 29, 2012 at 11:52 am #1831267Jan 29, 2012 at 11:59 am #1831270
Wow. Not exactly something I thought I would read from someone who owns a company. Very unprofessional.Jan 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm #1831272Jan 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm #1831282
I might have to navigate my a** to your pot roast. Lighten up big guy. All someone did was give an opinion of your site and you pretty much bashed the person. Opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one.Jan 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm #1831289
@cwayman1Locale: East Tennessee, USJan 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm #1831291Jan 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm #1831296
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Relax Paul.. geez you've only been posting for four days here. Are you not familiar with Dan's ways? And I must say you started the hostilities right out of the gate here.Jan 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm #1831303
This is fun.Jan 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm #1831306
Clint, that custom zimmerbuilt pack is sweet looking. I'd probably buy it but my waist is at least a 36. Maybe good incentive to lose some weight!Jan 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm #1831310
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
High quality workmanship and materials are often a reflection of higher cost.
A full dyneema Mchale pack will cost more then a identical pack made using a less expensive material. This is true with numerous UL backpacking products, a 10.5 oz MLD cuben Trailstar will cost you $335.00 as compared to $170.00 for the 17 oz pro silnylon version.
Many may not be willing to pay the higher cost associated with having gear made using more expensive materials, having the option is a good thing.Jan 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm #1831315Jan 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm #1831316
My apologies if I offended you Dan. And I apologize for starting c**p. Foot is in mouth.Jan 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm #1831317
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Haven't zeroed in on any model in particular, but for my mostly 3-season type trips, it would likely be a medium size pack made with dyneema, boasting two easily removable stays, "compactible" for day use, with a front pocket and two hipbelt pockets. Simple and time tested solution.Jan 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm #1831320
You did not offend me Paul. It's cool. I understand this stuff like the ground we walk on. I think people should have fun while they beat on each other too. Too often, people are way too serious, and want to stop a good fight! Have an awesome trip out there.
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