Jan 28, 2018 at 7:06 pm #3514977TJ WBPL Member
<p style=”padding-left: 30px;”>Currently using a custom pack from ZimmerBuilt packs but liking to make a change since it’s getting too worn. Interested to hear others’ ideas!</p>Jan 28, 2018 at 7:32 pm #3514988Serge GiachettiBPL Member
@giachettLocale: boulder, co
The gossamer gear kumo is an excellent 3 day pack. The shoulder straps are very comfortable and disperse the weight well. The sitpad also offers a nice amount of protection from gear while still conforming to your back. The mod burn is also nice for it’s slimmer profile, but not as comfortable.Jan 28, 2018 at 9:57 pm #3515069Lester MooreBPL Member
@satoriLocale: Olympic Peninsula, WA
Do you want a frame or frameless? What’s your target base weight and base volume? Will you have a bear canister? Is this for on-trail only or some off trail too? What features are important to you (hip belt, side pockets for water, or water on the shoulder straps, front pocket, roll top, etc).
+1 on the MLD Burn – it is a good traditional choice for a moderately small frameless backpack. It has good features and the best shoulder strap shape IMHO. At 13 ounces, the Burn’s a good general purpose UL pack, but it’s a bit heavy for SUL if that’s your thing. The Burn’s big enough for a Bear Vault BV450 and easily fits a Bear Boxer 101. The 210d Dyneema X fabric is strong enough for one-trail and most off-trail use IMHO, though I’d want thicker fabric for crawling through gritty Utah slot canyons.Jan 29, 2018 at 6:34 am #3515362Nathan WattsBPL Member
I use a Super Burn from MLD for 3-day trips.Jan 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm #3515631Greg FBPL Member
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
Assuming 8-10lb base weight and small volume.
The ultimate direction Fastpack 20. Perfect size to put gear and 3 days of food.
once you use vest style straps I don’t think you go back to regular shoulder straps for 15lb loads. So convenient to have all you snacks and water on your chest so you don’t need to go into your pack until at least lunch.Jan 30, 2018 at 6:55 pm #3515678Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
The one that fits best that carries your stuff and matches you hiking style is best. Your question is too vague to get an intelligent answer, just random choices.
I like my ULA Ohm v1.0Jan 31, 2018 at 3:01 am #3515771Dean F.BPL Member
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
I was going to say MLD Burn, too, for a two-night trip.Jan 31, 2018 at 4:43 am #3515783HkNewmanBPL Member
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Burn for 4 days.Jan 31, 2018 at 8:37 pm #3515890Barry PBPL Member
@barrypLocale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
I am a backpacker that struggles with a sweaty back. I always try to take my Murmer first if I can keep everything under 15 lbs. It’s light and comfortable. The Murmer has that back sleeve for a sit pad but I can also stick a towel in there that pulls the sweat off my back. When I stop for a rest, I take off the pack and let the towel dry in the sun. Also when I travel by plane, I only take the Murmer.
For colder or longer trips I take the zpack Arc Blast. I like how I can adjst the torso for my fit AND it allows air to go across my back.
The mountains were made for TevasFeb 17, 2018 at 6:37 am #3518835Francis DeRoosBPL Member
2-3 summer nights = Burn, baby, BurnFeb 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm #3518881Richard CullipBPL Member
@richardcullipLocale: San Diego County
ULA CDT for my short trips. I love the water bottle holders on the should straps. It’s a very convenient way/place to carry water bottles.Feb 18, 2018 at 3:33 am #3519004Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
+1 to MLD BurnFeb 18, 2018 at 10:51 am #3519029James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Murmur.Feb 18, 2018 at 3:34 pm #3519044Feb 19, 2018 at 6:44 pm #3519256Ryan SmithBPL Member
@violentgreenLocale: East TN
Zpacks Zero, which isn’t exactly made anymore, but a Nero is fairly close. Zimmerbuilt could also build something very similar. Mine is 8oz.Feb 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm #3519926Alex WallaceBPL Member
@feetfirstLocale: Sierra Nevada North
What’s the volume of your current custom Zimmerbuilt? Also, do you need to schlep a bear canister?
I use the same pack for 3 days that I would for 10, summer-fall. Currently a Hanchor Marl. Prior to that it was an HMG Porter 3400.Feb 22, 2018 at 9:05 pm #3519952James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Actually, the Murmur will fit a Bear Vault…
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