Packs

Packs:

Since a pack is going to be riding your back all day on a long hike, comfort and weight are critical metrics to use when evaluating  what pack works for you.   There are a few features that we have found can make a great pack:

  • minimal weight
  • external water reservoir compartment, preferably with its own access zipper
  • around a 20 liter capacity on average
  • hip belt storage for quick access items on the fly – mainly food
  • able to accommodate a 3 liter water bladder
  • a side pocket that can hold a bottle (for electrolyte drink)
  • ventilated back panel

Like with any gear choice, it is a matter of personal preference.   We have found that a combination of the bullet points above make the trek a little easier and less frustrating during the frustrating times.   Accessing your bladder via an outside compartment and not having to re-shuffle you pack contents is  a huge plus in addition to being able to access a ClifBar from your hip belt and not having to stop or ask someone to grab one for you.   Mountain Hardwear, Camelbak and Osprey make great packs that fit these criteria.

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Fluid%E2%84%A2-18/OU4525,default,pd.html

http://www.rei.com/gear/feature/search/Google/Osprey%20Manta?s_kwcid=TC|13029|osprey%20manta||S|e|11075713445&cm_mmc=ps_google_CH-_-Category%20-%20Backpacks-_-Backpacks_Brand_Osprey_Hydration_osprey-_-osprey%20manta%20sp2sp10&gclid=CNr9-Y6Uk64CFUff4AodyU3rHg

http://www.camelbak.com/

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