Gear dialed in, time for a backpack
May 13, 2021 at 2:32 pm #3712455
I can use some wisdom here. Looking for a pack and prefer a framed one. A pack with a rather sturdy material and padded belt to better carry the load. Not sure about size. Water bottle pockets must be large and with a low profile to easily put the water bottle back – no exceptions here. I like simplicity. Base weight is around 9.5lb including my current pack (800g) without food and water.
Attached below are photos of everything that is going in the main compartment – stacked.
Dimensions are roughly 24 x 11 x 7.
Green – sleeping bag on the bottom
Black/blue – is roughly 4 days of food
Grey – sleeping pad
Grey – clothing
The sleeping bag in the photos is not compressed much but that is how I like it to extend its life. The grey bag on the very top is clothes and not compressed much at all.
I would expect the total height to go down to 22″ easily once it is in the pack.
Do you think I can safely get a pack with a 30″ collar from bottom to top fully extended? Short collar would be great – again, simplicity is king. I wouldn’t mind getting it shortened by a professional. So there are options.
Suggestions and wisdom are greatly appreciated.
Thanks!May 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm #3712472Kevin BabioneBPL Member
I think you’re the first person I’ve ever seen (including myself) to dial in your gear and then buy the correct backpack! Congratulations.
It might just be me, but I couldn’t see the photos…May 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm #3712484May 13, 2021 at 9:38 pm #3712485
Thanks for the heads up, Kevin! I hope it works this time.May 13, 2021 at 10:28 pm #3712497Michael BBPL Member
I’ve not owned one but the Seek Outside stuff is appealing to me from a fabric selection, business ethics, and design standpoint, and they get a lot of love here at BPL. The Flight packs look nice and as I said I am a fan of their Specta grid fabric, how it looks.May 13, 2021 at 10:38 pm #3712498matthew kModerator
I think the Ohm would be a great pack given the dimensions and weights you mention. I think their side pockets are the best in the business. I’m less of a fan of their shoulder straps with the bound edge. Also their hipbelt is more structured than I like but it sounds like you want that. The frame is just perfect for the weights you’ve described. I wish I could make my son’s Ohm work for me…
I have a 35L LiteAF Multiday Pack. Their pockets are 97% as good as ULA. I can’t speak to the frame or the hipbelt in the Curve. I do really like the removable Minimalist hipbelt on my Multiday pack, it’s very similar to MLD’s padded hipbeltsMay 14, 2021 at 3:17 pm #3712565
Thank you so much for the suggestions and all the wisdom! I decided to go with the LiteAF because of the color. Just kidding.May 14, 2021 at 5:37 pm #3712605jscottBPL Member
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I don’t see any hip belt on the Lite Af…Maybe I missed it?May 14, 2021 at 5:49 pm #3712607Link .BPL Member
I don’t think he linked the one he is interested in because he said he wanted a frame and hip belt and 40L the one he linked to is 35L and has no frame or hip belt so I assume he is referring to this one CURVE X40L FULL SUSPENSION .May 14, 2021 at 7:17 pm #3712616
Sorry guys! Curve X40L full suspension it is.
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