- Aug 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm #3667902lisa rBPL Member
This year I got a new pack and finally made the switch from using pack cover to pack liner. I’m just back from a 6-day trip using a trash compactor bag for liner. It’s already got some holes in it from a week of use (and I was trying to be gentle with it). I’m wondering if there are similarly light but more durable options out there? I hate to go through plastic bags like that. Thanks!Aug 1, 2020 at 12:17 pm #3667910PedestrianBPL Member
That’s surprising! I’ve used the same trash compactor bag in my pack for multiple trips over a couple of years at least.
Maybe you ought to look at what brand compactor bag you’re using? Or try getting the nylofume bags.
I got one of those Costco mega packs of compactor bags a decade or more ago and have used those myself and have given many to friends and family for similar use.Aug 1, 2020 at 5:49 pm #3667959A CBPL Member
@invictysAug 1, 2020 at 6:10 pm #3667968jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
+1 on the Exped Schnozzel. One of the brilliant innovations in light weight packing that will stand the test of time.***
It’s held up as a dry bag in serious cold downpours/sleet for me. However, I jsut put my most vulnerable items in it–sleeping bag in its own stuff sack, all down items, and other clothes that are essential in cold wet situations. In other words,I don’t line my whole interior pack with it, altho perhaps I could.
**actually the Schnozzle itself is pretty thin and needs to be treated with kid gloves.
Aug 1, 2020 at 6:12 pm #3667969David ThomasBPL Member
- This reply was modified 3 days, 5 hours ago by jscott.
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Anything sharp or rough get packing into that trash compactor bag? Pot supports on a stove? Tent Stakes? I’d expect to get more than one trip out of a trash-compactor bag, too.
Edited to mirror JScott’s thought: I only put clothes and quilt in a waterproof bag. Tent, sleeping pad, and kitchen stuff are waterproof. Then the plastic bag becomes, in part, an organizer bag.Aug 1, 2020 at 7:14 pm #3667984idesterBPL Member
@doug-iLocale: The Cascades
I use a cuben liner for my pack, been using it for a few years now. I either got it from MLD or zPacks, don’t remember which (actually, I might have one from both…)Aug 1, 2020 at 7:21 pm #3667986matthew kModerator
Lisa, are you sure it was a compactor bag? They are quite durable unless you had something very pokey in the pack.
That said, I prefer a nylofume bag. You can order them easily from Litesmith. They can be a little crinkly/noisy depending on how you pack them.
I have a ZPacks DCF liner too. I don’t think it’s worth the cost.Aug 1, 2020 at 7:45 pm #3667989MinerBPL Member
I’ve used regular white kitchen trash bags and they do tear easy in a trip or two. A trash compactor bag (will say Trash Compactor on the label) of a well known brand should last months on the trail as they are noticeable thicker in comparison and will stretch much further than a normal trash bag without tearing a hole unless you like packing pointy things loosely. The Glad brand one I thru-hiked the PCT with held up for another couple of years afterwards of long weekend type trips before I replaced it. Did you buy some unknown bulk brand off Amazon or stick with a brand name like Glad or Hefty?
Mountain Laruel designs sells a clear sack of 2 mm clear polyethylene and a cuben fiber one if you want to try one of those.Aug 2, 2020 at 4:52 am #3668094Geoff CaplanBPL Member
@geoffcaplanLocale: Lake District, Cumbria
I use clear bags in heavy-duty polythene.
One is for my down and overnight stuff that gets carefully sealed and goes in the bottom of the pack.
The other is for stuff I need to access during the day – like my windshirt, padded jacket etc. My ancient pack leaks like a sieve so I need this protection.
My cook pot, which might be sooty and dirty my clothing, doesn’t need protection and gets packed on its own outside the bags. Anything wet, like my rain gear or tarp, also gets packed outside the bags.
The polythene lasts pretty well, and has the advantage that you can see where stuff is so you can dig it out quickly.
Just google for “large heavy duty clear polythene bags”Aug 2, 2020 at 7:17 am #3668100John KBPL Member
I’m a fan of the Nylofume bags too.Aug 2, 2020 at 11:49 am #3668142Elliott WolinBPL Member
@ewolinLocale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
I’ve also had good luck with large, thick, clear plastic bags, they seem to hold up pretty well. I bought a bunch of them so I change them out before they develop leaks. When I run out in 2050 or so (if I live that long, I more likely will have to will them to my kids, as I’m 66 now) I’ll go with trash compactor bags.Aug 2, 2020 at 11:51 am #3668143Geoff CaplanBPL Member
@geoffcaplanLocale: Lake District, Cumbria
SectionHiker’s take on pack liners:Aug 4, 2020 at 5:25 am #3668764
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