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I am a bit curious if anyone else out there hates setting down their expensive packs in the dirt and mud when they remove it? I have been tempted to carry a piece of tarp just large enough for my pack to sit on when I stop to eat or camp. Is this anything to be concerned about?
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First off, welcome to the forums!

I bought my expensive pack because I wanted a pack that can handle all the abuse I could throw at it. I try and keep the portion that is against my back dry (and spray it with DWR every year) but I don't go out of my way to protect my pack. It's supposed to be tough. That said, there is a range of expense. I know of a couple guys who have packs that are worth twice what mine is worth and mine isn't exactly cheap. If I paid $1,500 for a pack, I'd be babying it for a few months before I started tossing it in the mud.


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PostIcon Posted on: Feb. 22 2013, 1:26 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I always lay down my pack slowly and carefully -- away from sharp surfaces.  But dirt is fine.  It's easy enough to wipe away at the end of a trip.

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I used to take extra care with an old-school ultralight pack, but most "regular" packs and modern UL packs don't wear much with typical handling.  The things that I've seen shorten a pack's life are abrasion against rocks while still mounted up, and being overstuffed to a degree that's hard to accomplish.

I've never had much accumulation of dirt, either.  I'm not utterly careless about where I set my pack down, but don't baby it, either.
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Thanks for the info. I thought I might be worrying about nothing, but having just bought a new pack I thought it might be a good time to double check my fears :)
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 I'm not utterly careless about where I set my pack down, but don't baby it, either.

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A UL pack, with the durability compromises inherent in that approach I'd be more careful with, but even then not all that much.

Main thing and more for the contents, is I don't drop a pack in a mud puddle. I do prefer rocks for their inherent cleanliness but that's about it.
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What they said.  Dirt doesn't bother me, and I couldn't care whether my pack is dirty or not.  I don't willfully treat it like crap, but it's not babied.

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Speaking of which the main pack damagers in my experience have been pack contents: sharp angled metal and such that by constant pressure on the very same place on the fabric wore or tore through. Even without snow or climbing gear there are potential threats: tent stakes etc.
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Main pack damagers in my experience (doing long off-trail traverses) is abrasion.  Rocks, sticks, rocks, branches, more rocks... dragging through all that stuff wears holes and pops stitches doing it for years.

But setting it down on the ground, I really don't sweat it.  If the pack can't take that, it's not gonna work for me anyway.

ETA: I have punched an ice-axe tip through a pack before though, from the outside, so I do see the point of "contents" being an issue.  Can easily happen with a crampon too if one isn't careful.


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The big thing is to keep it away from the fire. I learned this with a French Musset bag I used to hike in my woods. Thank goodness it is one purchased for little money from a surpluss store. It was a useful lesson. Also, a fire can pop and hot coals can reach out to a bag (or tent) several feet away.
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I suppose, I am anal about this too because I have thought about. Good to hear that it is not a big deal.

A couple of thoughts that I had were use some rope and tie it around a tree and hang the pack from that. Or if you use a rain cover take it off and set the pack on that. The rain cover could also double as a place to sit as well.  Just some random new guy thoughts.
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A couple of thoughts that I had were use some rope and tie it around a tree and hang the pack from that. Or if you use a rain cover take it off and set the pack on that. The rain cover could also double as a place to sit as well.  Just some random new guy thoughts.

I hang my pack from a tree fairly often, usually just by the haul loop on the back.  Watch out for sap on conifers.

I wouldn't use the rain cover as a mat, since I'd worry more about putting a hole in the rain cover than anything that might happen to the pack.
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I wouldn't worry about it getting too dirty. If it does get too dirty for your liking though give it  a wash by hand with a soft brush and some good old plain water. No soap. Do this after your trip. Also clean the inside of your pack regularly to get out any food crumbs and dirt. I just vac mine out after each trip.
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