Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by fluffkitten, Oct 28, 2016.
More Pa'lante developments
Now that's interesting, running pack influence? Stretchy side pockets?
I really need a new running vest though...
Dyneema X version out soon
On the back of NickWentHiking. He had that from Beldin north on the PCT and loved it. First thing he mentions in his post hike gear video.
The pack looks sweet, but that shirt!
The pack does look good and I know there is only so much variation in pack design but I think I already have one of those (they just forgot the stretchy bottom pocket)... it's a Golite Breeze from 1999 ?
The Pa'lante packs are lovely but pricey and very similar to lots of other UL packs. The stretch pockets on the shoulder straps and bottom are good but do they justify the packs "must have" status ?
Ducks and runs for cover from @fluffkitten
Me too......I think (I'll not confirm) that I am done with packs with mesh pockets; too fragile (or I am too clumsy)...
...I like a frame or stiffened back of some sort too.
I curious to try the bottom pocket thing, but I'm sure I've had packs with stretchy pockets on the shoulder straps before, Osprey maybe?
The Exos had small stretchy pockets, they could be a lot larger.
Maybe clumsy, but it depends on the mesh too. The stretch stuff is nowhere near as durable as similar weight non stretch. It does look neater though.
The stretch mesh on my GG Gorilla has partially lost it's stretch - the lycra has 'died'
Similar to the way lycra fabric fails (my old Speedos for instance). And it holes quite easily.
Got to agree with Murpheroo.
It's funny, this 'new wave' of young ULers
Are only doing the same stuff that Ray Jardine advocated 20+years ago ( Golite breeze type packs, no hipbelt; tarps; quilt; cut down ccf; walk long distances over long days).
Jardine seemed to fall out of favour on BPL etc, ( probably cos of his odd attitude and some weird ideas), but these folk now seem to be replicating his ideas about kit and travel/MYOG.
Always liked Jardine's packs, probably why I like so many of the things that are basically the same idea.
Make no mistake...money notwithstanding I'd have multiples of these in various 'mood' colours
I like the idea of a stretch pocket underneath the pack; to store bits and pieces (grub etc. ) for the day
- But ……... the first thing I would do is forget it's there, and put my pack down in a muddy puddle/bog - wetting and squishing everything in it.
I'm not likely put the pack down on it's sides or top as I'll probably want to access the other pockets too "shrugs shoulders".
Is this a pack for dry climates only ?
Not quite sure what you mean mole, any pics of you in the failing speedos to help me understand?
Or maybe not...
I'm completely sold on the bottom pocket, some care needed in use but it's holding up fine so far
I need to ask you MYOGers. Wouldn't it be possible to make the bottom pocket in a stronger material. And just use som kind of elastic band in the openings?
I've started making one with a dyneema-x bottom pocket, pretty sure it'll work fine
Keep me posted on this
If your not using a hipbelt with pockets I think the bottom pocket is great.
Re using a more durable material perhaps you could and use elastic between pleats to keep it taught?
My next pack is closer to my ks50 but with some differences. Trying to work out a way to fit a pair of carbon struts like ks50 does without them being uncomfortable without a mat between you and the pack
I'm quite into the minimalist approach which these guys are advocating at the moment, it's completely alien to anything else I do in life, trying to adopt that mentality for hiking is quite a challenge for me, I find throwing money at the problem usually helps There's a bunch I follow online, mostly twenty somethings, with a great approach to life it seems, hike when you're young and worry about the rest later I suppose it works in a country like the US, the options are so vast, I don't think I could wonder these shores for five or six months in one hit without getting a bit bored.
I've tried to get as near as I can to these 6lb pack loads, but for 3 or 4 days in the northern UK I just can't quite get there without a level of discomfort and misery, I just can't bring myself to ditch the sleeping pad and cook set. But with kit rationolised it's quite refreshing to head into the hills for a few days with a small light pack on the back, I don't think I could pull it off on any LDP though, certainly not 2600 miles, that's where these guys earn their kudos for me.
But yeah it's nothing new, I suppose the tech is improving though
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