What pack do you carry?
Dec 6, 2019 at 2:39 am #3621710Nate WardBPL Member
@tdawardLocale: The woods of the South
I’ve got a 2020 slot, it’ll be my 4th trip to the hill and curious of your pack selection….Ospry is probably the most common, along with Kelty….I carried those in 2010 and 2016. Not looking for one of the heavy internal frame packs out there, thinking about a Hyperlite Southwest 3400 or Maraposa 60. What have y’all carried?Dec 6, 2019 at 2:50 am #3621711TAG in AZBPL Member
@tagiamLocale: PHXDec 6, 2019 at 2:57 am #3621713John OBPL Member
This past year I carried a Zpacks Arc Haul Zip… with my Duplex… too light… too easy.Dec 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm #3621750KEVIN WBPL Member
what size Zip did you take? This is the pack I have been looking at and really debating the Zip vs. no-Zip.Dec 6, 2019 at 2:25 pm #3621757Brian WBPL Member
First generation exos 58. I know lighter options are available. But it feels great on my back when I have to carry a bear canister.Dec 6, 2019 at 5:09 pm #3621767John OBPL Member
I went with 64L and never thought twice about the Zip. Not that price was an issue when I got it, but ~$12/oz & l is worth the easy access for me.Dec 6, 2019 at 11:09 pm #3621839Nate WardBPL Member
@tdawardLocale: The woods of the South
The concern I have with the Arc Haul is the main body is 49 liters and the pockets make up the 15 liters. In ’16 we had a 5 day food carry, that was a stupid amount of food, especially since we walked past two other commissaries, I hope they changed the logistics of that trek and cut that in half. Hyperlite packs don’t count the pockets in the “size” of the pack, they are bonus inches. I found a Windrider 3400 that I think I’ll give a try.Dec 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm #3622568Tim PBPL Member
I saw a pack line where all the packs were ULA packs. It was cool.Dec 12, 2019 at 10:46 pm #3622569Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
GG Gorrila since 2008. No plans to change it, but Osprey Levity for hot summer trips continue to be tempting. I am surprised by the love of HMG packs one BPL. I tried one and it felt like a large bag hanging on my back. I like packs that feel like they become one with my body.Dec 12, 2019 at 11:10 pm #3622572Tom KBPL Member
ULA Ohm, 1.0 and 2.0. I still use the 1.0, modified to reduce sag for backpacking, and the 2.0 for day hikes to reduce unnecessary wear and tear on the 1.0. They’re both going strong after 10 plus years of use in all sorts of terrain and weather.Dec 13, 2019 at 12:24 am #3622580Russ WBPL Member
@gatome83Locale: Southeastern US
Gossamer Gear Murmur
A few Homemade contraptions
Yep… I have a pack problem.
Last 3 trips longer than 10 days with a bear can were courtesy of the Porter. A no frills hauling machine.
Depending on trip length and weight, I can recommend all of the above.Dec 13, 2019 at 2:34 am #3622588James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger LakesDec 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm #3622659Gerry HBPL Member
@geeteehLocale: USA Mid-Atlantic
The food issue was pretty wonky in 2019. Probably impacted by Ute Gulch being closed after the fire. It is certainly not optimized from the camper’s perspective.
We picked up food our SECOND day on the trail. So we had ONE day of food issued to us in Base Camp. Then we got 4.5 day issue and another 4.5 day issue. During that last batch, we had a chuck wagon dinner but were still issued the bagged dinner.Dec 20, 2019 at 3:29 pm #3623631Bruce KolkebeckBPL Member
@cjcanoeLocale: Uhwarrie National Forest
Old school Golite 70. Rockin’ the old stuff.
BKDec 21, 2019 at 10:36 pm #3623783Brad PBPL Member
I took an Arc Haul and it worked well. My son took an REI Flash 55. He had the lightest, most compact gear among the scouts and was definitely at the limit of the pack. His Duomid, CF sleeping pad and one other piece of gear were strapped on the outside.
The weight of Philmont gear/food isn’t as bad as the bulk.
My Arc Haul worked well for me.Jan 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm #3627425Dennis PSpectator
In 2019 I carried an Osprey Aether AG 70 and loved it. Plenty of room, very durable and above all others, very comfortable. I would highly recommend it.Jan 17, 2020 at 9:05 am #3627523Elliott WolinBPL Member
@ewolinLocale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Still carrying my old large Golite Trek when I need capacity (e.g. for bear canister) and Golite Speed otherwise. They both are in great shape, are reasonably light (34 oz w/brain and 26 oz, and I’m too cheap to buy new ones). My wife uses a Golite Pinnacle (24 oz I think).Jan 17, 2020 at 12:08 pm #3627567James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Yeah, I have an old Trek for use with large loads…think winter. It was on a thru with me on the NFCT. Good pack…Jan 17, 2020 at 1:40 pm #3627589Jamie BarnesBPL Member
I’ve used a zPacks Arc Haul all four times I’ve been to Philmont. I added a multipack that’s detachable from the top (handy to keep meds, etc. in and throw in the oops bag at night), two hip belt pouches and a shoulder strap pouch to it for some extra storage. The hip belt pouches are great for carrying things you need to get to quickly like snacks, knife, compass, etc. It’s served me well and holds everything I need plus up to four days of Philfood. With a four-day food drop it’s a bit tight on space but it works.
Hope that helps!
Jamie.Feb 1, 2020 at 11:48 am #3629480Jason TBPL Member
I’ve brought my Gregory Baltoro 75L on the last three treks to Philmont. If we had had a full contingent this last time, I probably could have gotten away with a smaller 60L pack. And lighter for that matter.Feb 15, 2020 at 11:49 am #3631410William KSpectator
Just swapped my son over to the REI Flash 55 so he’s taking that but I’m taking the Mountainsmith Zerk 40. We arent using any Philmont gear so we’re doing shakedown hikes with the whole crew with the gear we’re taking to dial in packing. And now that we have our itinerary we’re only looking at a 3 day max food carry so it shouldnt be too bad on bulk.Feb 15, 2020 at 5:19 pm #3631463David YBPL Member
@moonshineLocale: Mid Tenn
@williamkapes said, “We arent using any Philmont gear so we’re doing shakedown hikes with the whole crew with the gear we’re taking to dial in packing.”
Kudos to your approach and glad to see you are gearing up for your trek and practicing the techniques. Crews going to Philmont should train with gear like Philmont issues.Feb 15, 2020 at 7:47 pm #3631483Brad PBPL Member
@brawndoFeb 25, 2020 at 9:12 am #3633139James ABPL Member
I used a Gregory Baltoro 75L last year. Not light by any means, but it rides like a dream.
I am interested in a lighter pack, but haven’t found anything nearly as comfortable.Feb 25, 2020 at 9:49 am #3633142JCHBPL Member
Every Gregory pack I ever used felt like I could carry my car in it…super plush, but at the cost of being quite heavy. At almost 2lbs lighter and $50 cheaper you may find the Granite Gear Blaze 60 to work well for you. I find it can carry into the upper 30 lb range as well as the Gregorys.
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