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Apr 7, 2021 at 9:22 am #3708059
Dave – does the X50 seem super burly? I have never used it, but I have used X42 which I like a lot. I was a little surprised that it makes this pack a full 10oz heavier than the DCF version. But I guess that gives us an idea of the Big Wild weight range right there. 40oz for DCF, then a little more for VX21, a little more for X42, and then 50oz for X50.Mar 30, 2021 at 11:07 am #3707000
In theory the best thing about the floating belt is that it will match the angle of your pelvic tilt. If you have some anterior pelvic tilt (top of pelvis tilting forward) the belt will match that. It does wrap fully too.
I’m personally still on the fence about whether it’s that much better or not, but I’m intrigued because I do have some anterior pelvic tilt.
I’m sure others have plenty to say on the topic.Mar 29, 2021 at 11:18 am #3706805
The pack has undergone some changes and is on its way back to me. The hip belt has changed and is now even lighter. Likely the pack will come in closer to 38oz but we’ll see. I’ll give it another try and post an update.Mar 18, 2021 at 8:49 am #3705180
Michael B – The rest of that paragraph explains that I was referring to the “most permeable route”, the “route that expends the least amount of energy”, etc. I’d agree that “best” is subjective, and those phrases were the sort of subjective claims I was making.
As for agency… I’m really just trying to decenter the human in this piece. By making a case for the agency of the landscape (entire ecological systems of interdependent geology, weather, climate, plants, animals, temperature, bacteria, and so on) I’m hoping to remove the human as arbiter of trail-making. In so doing, I’m trying to make human actions appear equal to the actions of supposedly nonsentient systems like an ecosystem. I really am saying that my agency is no different from that of weather patterns or bacteria. I can’t say I wholeheartedly believe this way of looking at the world every single day (because I think we do need to act as if we have free will), but I believe it wholeheartedly in this piece at minimum for the sake of conversation and also in order to move us toward a less anthropocentric world.
Thanks for reading!Mar 1, 2021 at 8:38 am #3702000
Any chance the Flight 2 will have a sewn-in belt? I’d really dig that.Feb 25, 2021 at 12:46 pm #3701416
Nothing noteworthy on the load lifter end. It works and is solid.
I can’t feel the hardware through the belt.
BTW the whole thing is seam taped and fully waterproof in this DCF version. Other fabrics might be different obviously, but this is a cool option.Feb 24, 2021 at 11:00 am #3701245
obxer – yeah all that’s left of the movie set are the foundations. Also, what a place to try and make a town. Floods kept wiping it out, so I hear.
all – Enjoying the talk of lower Paria too. Also a nice area. No contentious politics down there, though. Plenty of piñon jays too, I’m sureFeb 23, 2021 at 10:25 am #3701093
@bradmacmt – the stays actually insert from the bottom on the outside of the package. This is a great idea because it allows the inside to be more easily seam taped.Feb 22, 2021 at 9:10 am #3700880
Big Wild testing updates from the Utah desert: http://benkilbourne.com/blog/2021/2/7/superior-wilderness-designs-big-wild-70-prototype-first-thoughtsFeb 13, 2021 at 8:22 am #3699188
Bradmacmt – I’ll post those photos very soon. Currently just building the anticipation hahaFeb 11, 2021 at 12:26 pm #3698784
Nunatak – Great suggestion! I haven’t floated that lower section since 2011.Feb 10, 2021 at 7:22 pm #3698683
Nunatak – Yeah I will post pics of the belt to pack interface soon. Would like to do a section of the Dirty this weekend and get some photos then. You probably noticed it’s flowing right now, getting up to 150 here and there.
BV500 can go inside horizontal or vertical. Outside on top or underneath the bottom. There’s removable straps underneath.Feb 10, 2021 at 12:13 pm #3698563
Dave – yeah I’ll probably just leave the Divide as-is. It is what it is, a big load hauler.
Agreed on the floating hipbelt comments. Very glad SO popularized it. Looking forward to seeing how it works on the Big Wild.Feb 9, 2021 at 10:46 am #3698302
The Big Wild is very much a better HMG 4400.
I’d like to know how to drop weight on my divide. It is X42 body, cordura pockets, medium hipbelt. Do you use the horizontal stay? how many straps do you use at 48oz? I don’t know why mine is so heavy. Ok, I just removed the horizontal stay and some straps and it’s 53oz. I suppose I could hack off the front pocket, but other than that I don’t see a way to drop more weight.Feb 8, 2021 at 5:23 pm #3698168
Gotcha. Yeah, the pack you have makes perfect sense for those applications.
I emailed SWD and they said making the whole thing out of X42 would add roughly 4oz. So maybe 45oz total or 12oz lighter than my Divide. Still just guesses.Feb 8, 2021 at 11:44 am #3698109
Are you referring to the Divide? My Divide is about 57oz and this is 41oz. If the whole thing was X42 that would add what 3oz? So about 44oz, making it still 13oz lighter than my Divide. Some speculation here, I’ll email SWD about it.
Also, I have realized I need the 2″ frame extensions on my Divide to fairly compare these two packs, so I just ordered those. Now both will have a 26″ frame.Feb 8, 2021 at 11:28 am #3698106
This one has a 150D DCF body and Xpac X42 bottom and pockets. Plenty durable for this application.Feb 7, 2021 at 9:07 am #3697870
I sucked at every sport ever, so I really relate. Maybe this has something to do with why I ended up hiking too. Something to think about.Jan 24, 2021 at 8:15 am #3695305
Kattt – Writing this was actually pretty easy because it’s what’s going on. It’s the stuff on all our minds. I just gotta look at it instead of avoiding it.
Thanks for sharing your challenging year, which sounds much more challenging than mine! Hang in there. Better times are on the horizon.Jan 21, 2021 at 11:37 am #3694904
Ben C – I love this. Different personalities require different coping tools. Keep it up!Jan 20, 2021 at 8:32 am #3694675
Nick, I really appreciate this perspective. Thanks for sharing.Dec 24, 2020 at 8:06 am #3690685
It’s pretty clear that the cow-dodging narrative was distracting and took away from the whole point of the piece. It was supposed to be entertaining, but it didn’t really end up working that way. Critique heard loud and clear! Should be easy to remedy this issue in upcoming articles. Thanks folks.Dec 13, 2020 at 10:57 am #3688734
I always have a book, sometimes two, and a journal, which I assume is less cool than the absence thereof.Dec 5, 2020 at 10:26 am #3687379
The wilderness as a safe or anchoring place. Love this theme.Dec 3, 2020 at 6:49 pm #3687165