Mar 12, 2020 at 9:38 am #3635422Jarek ZBPL Member
<p style=”text-align: left;”>I’m really wanting to get a fastpack style ultralight pack for overnighters with running, trail running, some dayhikes, and maybe some light 4 days run/hikes. Just curious if anyone knows how secure while running these packs are with maybe an upper load of 15 pounds. I’ve done some research and sorta narrowed it down to these two. However, while being my top choice, Joeys are not very accessible. It looks like Joeys more vest style straps might be better but just curious if anyone could give me an idea if I should wait around for the Joey or if picking up a used Little River 30 would serve me well. I really enjoy running so the stability of the pack for that is fairly important. And I like that they are lighter than say an Ultimate Direction Fastpack 25l.</p>Mar 12, 2020 at 10:44 am #3635439Mike MBPL Member
Not familiar w/ Joey’s, but I use a Fastpack 35 (when they first came out) for 2-3 day overnight run/hikes. My loads w/ water/food are in the 12-15 lb range and I find the carry to be very tolerable- no sprinting involved in these endeavors however! :)
I find the 35 just about perfect for volume for these outings. I have a Fastpack 15 that I use for long day runs in the mountains- if push came to shove, I might be able to squeeze a single night w/ it.Mar 12, 2020 at 11:13 am #3635447Paul SumnerBPL Member
I have all 3 (Joey, Little River and UD 25L). I’ve carried up to about 18 lbs in each. I find all better with under 15. The UD is definitely the most supportive. The heavier fabric and foam panel help. None of them fit like a Salomon running vest. In terms of volume, one man’s 25L or 30L is not another’s ;-) I think I would rank them as far as space: Little River, UD 25, then Joey. They all jog/ultra shuffle pretty well, but if you’re “Running” though they will bounce. I prefer the top closure on the Little River. I slightly prefer the fit on the Joey, it seems slightly closer to my back and rides a bit higher in relation to my shoulders. I slightly prefer the “Front” pocket on the Joey; the Little River combines the side and front pockets. My trips max out at 4-5 days w/ these packs. This is stoveless at that # of days w/ a compact kit. Of the Joey and Little River, I tend to think the Little River might be a bit more durable as far as bush wacking, etc.
I wish I could combine all 3. Straps and fit of Joey, materials of Little River and stiffness stability of UD… and I’d be willing to have it an ounce heavier to have a dry-bag-ish main compartment (liners are a pain).
I apologize for the long answer w/o a “Buy this one.”Mar 12, 2020 at 12:02 pm #3635460Jarek ZBPL Member
Thanks! That helps me out to know what someone with all three thinks. I wasn’t planning on anyone having all three;)
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