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I'm pretty happy with my current pack, a Deuter Aircontact 55 + 10, so I don't HAVE to get a new pack, and I have plenty of time to look around.  It's well designed and constructed and can carry big loads. The reasons I'm considering a new pack?  The Deuter is on the heavy side - 6#, but it easily carries 45# comfortably and could carry more.  The hip belt will slip on me at times.

I need a pack around 65L for up to 9 days on the trail.  The 55+10 was packed full on my 7 day Winds trip and I could squeeze 9 days out of it with the + 10.   I want to shed a couple pounds so the new pack should come in at or under 4lbs.  It  needs to comfortably carry 50#.  I won't carry 50 but I don't want to push the packs limits.

Any suggestions for a pack that fits these parameters?  I'm in SW Florida so I can't just pop into REI to try on packs.  We have Sports Authority, Bass Pro, and Dicks.. No decent backpacking gear at all..  Let me know what you'd recommend..


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I hate (not really) to say it but...

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The ULA Catalysts would be close, however, the listed max load is 40 lbs. Although, some say it does good with more weight. Here is a review in which the reviewer states:

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When I have packed it carefully the Catalyst does a very good job of weight distribution.  The forty-pound (18 kg) rating is if anything conservative, as I've packed with as much as 50 lb (23 kg) on a ten-mile (16 km) hike with no particular problems.


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http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews....%20Lyon


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McHalepacks.com

plus one. Look at the LBP maybe in a 37 or 38. Full Dyneema.

I have the 37. It will fit a bear canister (bearikade weekender) in it plus my sleep system, Rainbow tent, and all the other stuff I have to carry. I have the kangaroo pouch on the outside for rain gear and other odd ball stuff like water filter and various items.

The belt pouches offer a nice amount of space. One for a camera and I use the other for my trail snakes.

My three liter bladder sits on top but inside the pack


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The belt pouches offer a nice amount of space. One for a camera and I use the other for my trail snakes.

How many trail snakes do you carry? Pythons, Pit Vipers or a combination?

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I'm pretty happy with my current pack, a Deuter Aircontact 55 + 10, so I don't HAVE to get a new pack, and I have plenty of time to look around.  It's well designed and constructed and can carry big loads. The reasons I'm considering a new pack?  The Deuter is on the heavy side - 6#, but it easily carries 45# comfortably and could carry more.  The hip belt will slip on me at times.

I need a pack around 65L for up to 9 days on the trail.  The 55+10 was packed full on my 7 day Winds trip and I could squeeze 9 days out of it with the + 10.   I want to shed a couple pounds so the new pack should come in at or under 4lbs.  It  needs to comfortably carry 50#.  I won't carry 50 but I don't want to push the packs limits.

Any suggestions for a pack that fits these parameters?  I'm in SW Florida so I can't just pop into REI to try on packs.  We have Sports Authority, Bass Pro, and Dicks.. No decent backpacking gear at all..  Let me know what you'd recommend..

http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Packs#Over_60L

I bought the Altra 65 last April. Simply the best packs available.
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The belt pouches offer a nice amount of space. One for a camera and I use the other for my trail snakes.

How many trail snakes do you carry? Pythons, Pit Vipers or a combination?

Just the one snake which is not in my pack pouches  :cool:

Guess that should have been snacks  :;):


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70 lbs in this McHale demo from Dan.
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70 lbs in this McHale demo from Dan.


That just might have made me a convert ! Dana/Dan...Dana/Dan



Tarpon, you're not going to find a lighter pack than the one you're carrying now, that can carry a heaver load for a longer trip comfortably. Your just going to have to get a heavier pack.

It is addicting , isn't it ? The need to stay out longer and longer. You're walking a slippery slope now.

I rarely make the short 4-6 hr drive to the Wind's, when I can't stay out for 14-17 days.


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Wish Astralplanes were still made, seriously.  A work of art.  Their suspension was the best on the market, in the realm of production packs. Or a Terraplane.  I always salivate whenever I see used ones for sale.
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Yes SWT it's pretty bad..  I find myself daydreaming about getting back out west.  Had a dream two nights ago that I'd just cleared Photographers Point and was picking up steam heading towards Pole Creek.  Was pretty disappointed when I woke up.

The McHale packs look great, but hard to spend that much on a pack when I have to fly out West, and I get one longger trip a year at most..

I found this Lowe Alpine Pack- the TFX Kongur.  Couldn't find any reviews on it.  Reminds me a little of my Deuter pack, but 2# lighter.


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They are on ebay every so often.
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Mines not for sale, but here's a few photo's of it.
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Trying it on for the first time at home after getting fitted at the shop, 1993.





Somewhere in the "Middle of Nowhere" off trail in the Winds, 1997.




Final morning of 14 days of rock climbing in the southern Winds. Trail Head weight was close to 100lbs with 40 lbs of just ropes, gear, shoes, helmet, etc......, weight that never goes away...... 2003.






Fully loaded in the morning, Day 2 of 28 days in the Beartooth's, 2007.





Lunch Break, Day 14 of 28 days in the Beartooth's. 2007



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The 1997 pic - I think the pack is larger than you!



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