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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-22-2010, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Default Best lightweight weekend (40-50L) backpack?

The wife and I are starting to trim some weight off of our backs. Our last loads were 21 and 28lbs. (including pack)

We're looking for a light yet comfortable pack. How light is too light? Right now we use older Outbound packs that are super heavy and the suspension system leaves a lot to be desired.

I think we want to find a pack in the 40-50L range.
From MEC, how about the Spirit 40 or Genie 45?
Anybody have any recommendations on packs or anything from experience?

Thanks, Canoeheadted.
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If it were me, I would be looking for something under 2 kg for that range. I have an Osprey Exposure 50 that I love but it is discontinued. I've also had a Gregory Z-Pack in a similar class, but it too is discontinued. The Arcteryx Bora 50 didn't fit me well, and neither did the MEC Alpinelite.

But really it's all about personal fit, so you need to try out some packs...
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I love my Osprey Variant 52, its got everything I need and light enough that I sometimes grab it for day trips, i just find it so comfy and fits whatever I need to bring. It also expands enough that I can stuff it to the gills for a 4 or 5 days trip when needed, still just as robust and comfy. I seriously don't know what I did without it. Fit is a big deal with any pack, almost any osprey pack comes in small. medium and large (as opposed to 1 or 2 sizes) so it may be easier to get a good fit.

They aren't the cheapest but in my opinion worth it. Valhalla Pure carries a decent selection. And if you're looking for a steal of a deal ebay is always an option (once you've fitted yourself in store).
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Like the two previous replies, I'm a big fan of Osprey packs as well. I have an Exos 34-liter for three-day+ trips. Nice pack with a ventilated back panel. Really comfortable even after quite long days, although I don't carry much more than 20lbs in it (all-in with food and water). I also have an Osprey Atmos 65, which I've really never come close to filling up.

I guess it depends on fit and personal preference. It also really helps to get a sales person who knows how to size, fit and adjust a pack properly. Try on a few different makes and models. You should be able to tell the ones that are good for you right away.
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I highly recommend Granite Gear packs for what you have described.

I *love* my Meridian Vapor Ki.
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2kg is pretty heavy for a 40-50L pack.

I would be looking under 1.5kg.

I have the (discontinued?) Arcteryx Khamski. It's 47L and 1.4kg. Extremely comfortable with any size load. Don't be put off by the thin non-padded waist belt...I find it more comfortable than any amount of padding.

The arcteryx Axios (50L 1.5kg) looks like it might be the replacement.
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I loves me some Osprey. Your back may differ.
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It's all about fit!

I love Arcteryx packs but they never really fit my back.

Thankfully, Osprey Packs seem to work for me and as a result, all of my packs are Osprey. Which isn't a bad thing of course.
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Thanks everyone.

We'll have to start trying some on when we can make it to some stores.
I'll be making a wish list so I know it when I see it.

Any of these recommendations come from someone with a long back? Mine is 23-24".

Canoeheadted

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The Osprey Variant 37 works well,and can be extended to be more like a 40 liter or 45 liter.

Have a look at the Osprey Talon 44,a lightweight pack out of the box.
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Mchale LBP36 (www.mchale.com)
Definintely X2 on the McHale packs but the URL is http://www.mchalepacks.com/ and also Cilogear worksacks (http://www.cilogear.com/packs.html). They are pricey but are of superb quali-tay.

Also X2 on the Osprey -- fits me oh so well. Had an Atmos 50 but wished I had a Variant 52.

The pack one needs all depends on the kind of activity. If mountaineering, serious bushwacking/route finding or anything where one's life depends on the packs, go with a pack that is very light and robust. If thru-hiking, trail hiking, etc. robustness isn't so necessary. In any event, stay away from anything where a zipper failure could prove disastrous (no full side zips -- good luck trying to close a fully blown side-zip in a precarious position).
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Have a look at the Osprey Talon 44,a lightweight pack out of the box.
This is mine, with which I have fallen madly in love. I use it only for daytrips though. I hope to upgrade to using it as an overnight pack in the future as some of my other gear shrinks.
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