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Kiwakwe
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14 hours ago, wiiawiwb said:

I just got a Seek Outside Gila pack that weighs 2lbs 15oz. It can comfortably carry whatever weight I want to put in it. Carrying 100lbs? No problem at all.  It will be used for day trips and overnighters when I can remove the metal cross stay and get the weight down to 2lbs 10z.

 

https://seekoutside.com/gila-ultralight-backpack-gray/

 

You have some good taste in gear Wii!

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wiiawiwb
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Having dinner at an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, going to a ski resort in Aspen for the weekend, or jet setting to Europe for a long weekend are things that would bring me no pleasure. I see them as fleeting moments and a waste of money. Mind you, if they are the things that your dreams are made from, all the more power to you. I judge not.

 

Spending a little more on a backpack that will last for years is an investment from my perspective.  If I use it 80+ days a year over a 5-year period the marginal cost is peanuts per use and it brings me unbridled joy.

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12 minutes ago, wiiawiwb said:

Having dinner at an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, going to a ski resort in Aspen for the weekend, or jet setting to Europe for a long weekend are things that would bring me no pleasure. I see them as fleeting moments and a waste of money. Mind you, if they are the things that your dreams are made from, all the more power to you. I judge not.

 

Spending a little more on a backpack that will last for years is an investment from my perspective.  If I use it 80+ days a year over a 5-year period the marginal cost is peanuts per use and it brings me unbridled joy.

A man with his priorities straight.

 

Of course, I just went the opposite route price wise and picked up an LAPG 3 day bag super cheap because I wanted a molle pack for brief day outings.  I think that I paid 40 bucks for it.

 

I sold off my three London Bridge Trading molle packs last year because I didn't think that I would use them anymore and I was overrun with packs.  

 

I had a LAPG bag that I used daily for 3 or 4 years that held up ok.  The quality in the new version is much much better.  

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Thanks for the kind words.  Last year, I bought a molle chest rig to allow me to mount my smartphone and see the GAIA/CalTopo map while I bushwhack. It was inexpensive and if I continue use it with the frequency I expect, then I'll upgrade. Until then, it works just fine and I'm happy with it. It's not something that is will make or break an outing.

 

A few years ago, two buddies joined me on an overnight to do a little sasquatching. One hadn't backpacked in a very long time.  He grabbed whatever pack he had. It was smaller than he needed so a sleeping bag and other bags were tied to the outside of his pack. The would swing left and right with every step as he walked.  He kept swatting at the attached bags moving about and looked like the Cowardly Lion on the Wizard of Oz marching into the castle reaching back to swat its tail.  I ended up putting those items in my pack so he could walk normally. When we returned he went out and bought an appropriately-sized Osprey pack which he loves.

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Kiwakwe
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"Cry once" as I've heard it expressed--when you pay for it, not every time you use it. I try to buy the best I can afford, and if I can't afford new I'll find a good used version. I have so little tolerance for crap and we're inundated with it nowadays. So much nicer to use a quality piece of kit.

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The SO Gila pack I ordered just arrived.  It is remarkably light (2lbs 10oz) yet can still haul 100+lbs.  Today, Seek Outside just announced their new Flight Two which is designed to be a through pack...2lbs 5oz.  The Flight Two can carry up to 50lbs. Most through hikers would never carry that kind of weight. Grams counters would never consider the Gila. Surprisingly, for an additional 6oz (for the Gila) you can haul as much weight as your legs can carry.

 

I would recommend the SO packs to anyone looking to buy a pack. For example, with my small Gila, I can add a monsterous pack bag and can use/rotate it into my SO frame/suspension system and be able to backpack in the winter. How many companies offer that?

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3 hours ago, wiiawiwb said:

The SO Gila pack I ordered just arrived.  It is remarkably light (2lbs 10oz) yet can still haul 100+lbs.  Today, Seek Outside just announced their new Flight Two which is designed to be a through pack...2lbs 5oz.  The Flight Two can carry up to 50lbs. Most through hikers would never carry that kind of weight. Grams counters would never consider the Gila. Surprisingly, for an additional 6oz (for the Gila) you can haul as much weight as your legs can carry.

 

I would recommend the SO packs to anyone looking to buy a pack. For example, with my small Gila, I can add a monsterous pack bag and can use/rotate it into my SO frame/suspension system and be able to backpack in the winter. How many companies offer that?


what’s a through hiker?

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I think technically it is referred to as "thru hiker" but I just use through.  They are people who do long-distance hikes such as the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail.  The AT being the most well known.

 

If you're backpacking for 6+ months straight, every ounce counts. You count everything, weight everything, then see what you can eliminate or reduce.  Most people try to have the "Big Four" (backpack, tent, mat, sleeping bag) weigh in at 10lbs or less. Not easy especially when you're likely to hit winter conditions (cold maybe even snow) at some point during that time period.

 

I would do the same if I were out for 6+ months at a time.

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