Which lightweight pack ?

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by stonemonkey, May 12, 2019.

  1. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    One other thing that might be worth a mention with all the good advise above.
    If you're like me you may find the change from tougher built packs with no back or side stretch mesh pockets to lighter built ones with these included a total change in how you handle & place your pack on the ground. I know it was & still kinda is a learning curve for me to get round, but I guess it depends on the person.
    I know am now glad I bought cheaper & it's more or less in my mind now that the pack sits on its base & be more careful of ground surroundings of where I place it than I ever was before. :angelic:
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  2. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    I use an mld Cuben Exodus which works well for me 430g. 57L. The Atom packs look very nice too . See if anyone’s left cal to you from this page or maybe attend one of the few meets then you can see some packs in the flesh so to speak
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  3. Patrick

    Patrick Trail Blazer

    Another vote for the Osprey Exos. 48l comes in at about 1kg, it still has a (extremely comfortable) frame, and its about £100 new. Seems to me a good midpoint between old-fashioned heavy packs and expensive ultralight affairs which begin to require significant compromises somewhere along the line.
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  4. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Second hand is a great option. There are loads of packs coming up on Facebook groups and ebay all the time.

    The Osprey Packs are superb, well built and carry very well. I had a Montane Grand Tour for quite a while and although that was not 'lightweight' out of the box, it could be trimmed down and about 300g saved easy enough. It also carried weight very well.
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  5. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    It is amazing how much will fit in an Exos 38. :D
  6. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Agreed, I have one (the previous version, which is better IMO) but someone just transitioning to lighter backpacking might want a bit more space, I was thinking.
    In fact, there's a previous version Exos 38 on ebay at the moment.
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  7. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

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  8. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Ultralighter

    wow, thanks guys, so much good advice from you all.
    not sure how i reply to everyone lol

    kit wise.... the usual basics really, but i do like the odd comforts haha.....

    there are some really good suggestions there... i thought fo about 100 quid i could shave a kilo at a push... maybe?....

    i see alot of people using osprey and they seem to get snapped up asap so that says something.....

    another good suggestion from someone about a used and display site but cant seem to find one?

    i think i will mostly be doing one nighters fo a while

    i have had neck/shoulder and back aches and problems for years and its not getting any better so this is another reason why i would like to go lighter.

    someone local would be good or do you have meets?

    think i would need a 50liter pack at least for now.......

    i will check out the suggestions and links you guys listed when i get a min... thanks again

    this is a minefield....... almost wish i hadnt started haha...........
    another hobbie.......................another money pit:roflmao::yuck:
  9. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

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  10. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Ultralighter

    I think that a 50 litre pack is a good starting point. If you haven't got lightweight gear right now, it will force you to think about what you really need because non lightweight kit will easily fill it.
    If you decide that replacing your current equipment with lightweight alternatives is for you, then you'll find that it will still be useful for longer trips and winter camping where more food and bulkier kit is required.
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  11. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

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  12. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Osprey Secondlife
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  13. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    "neck, shoulder and backaches"
    Light is good
    But I wouldn't advise to go frameless. Unless you are consistently carrying under 8kg.
    Been there. (I live with varying levels of chronic back pain due to a condition).

    And I'd also be very careful about the pack fitting well. Try them on with a load.

    Osprey are good, but if looking at the trampoline back type like the Exos, Atmos models, I'd try before you buy. I (like some others) find that they feel like they try to pull me back due to the distance of the load from my back. Can't get on with them. Sold mine.

    Much prefer closer fitting packs.

    Personally found the Gossamer Gear Gorilla very comfortable. And the ULA Circuit.
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  14. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Ultralighter

    That looks pretty good for the money
    It's 900g before you strip it back, which I don't think I will bother doing yet...
  15. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Ultralighter

  16. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Ultralighter

    Ahh yes I have seem the gossamer gear packs.. not cheap tho.

    Like you say I could do to try some on with a load.

    Now to try and find somewhere that has them in stock to try on....
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  17. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    The review I read said load transfer is not very good. The back is too floppy. fWIW. I liked the look of it too.
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  18. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Something to consider-do you mean you are after a 50L internal cavity?
    Many makers call their packs by the total capacity, which can include the water bottle pockets and the large external pocket.
    Something like this which I have owned and found very comfy -https://www.webtogs.com/en-UK/Osprey-Talon-44-Mens-Backpack/43705wmp.htm--So this is a true 44 Litre -add the other pockets and some makers (mainly US) will call this 55 Litres.
    All Osprey packs will give you the internal volume. Same with the Exos 48 Litre-people say it's huge but it is the true volume, but minus again the external pockets, when you include those external pockets it must be close to 60Litres. The Talon 44 may be worth trying on.
    Have you considered the Granite Gear Crown 2 on Massdrop?
    Neither of the links I provided are referrals or affiliate links.
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  19. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    One advantage of Osprey packs is that they are carried by Gooutdoors Cotswolds etc, so it's relatively easy to get to try one on.
    The Talon that @Lamont-Cranston mentions doesn't have the same trampoline back that the Exos has, if you find the Exos uncomfortable. Personally I find the Exos extremely comfortable but I do think the curve in the trampoline could be less.
    I haven't used the Gossamer Gear packs but I have used packs with CCF mats for the back and they too move the centre of gravity away from your back.
    Edit: Sorry @Lamont-Cranston, senior moment.
    Last edited: May 13, 2019
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  20. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Was that me? :whistling:
    I had the Exos 38 for a while for multi day trips and the breathabilty was just superb.
    Then tried the Talon 44-with adjustable torso length. What a great fit! Just slide and adjust -so easy!
    And the load is snug against your body.
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  21. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Coincidentally, I also have a Talon 44 but it has yet to be used. It will go out on our next trip. I'm interested in the way it will carry a water bladder between the pack and your back. If it works, this will be very useful for us. I suspect that the back won't be as cool as on the Exos, though.
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  22. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    @Fair Weather Camper has used a talon 44 (size m/l adjusted as long as possible) for some years. Then a year ago she tried my GG Gorilla(size L .2012version) when we swapped packs for an hour or 2. Turned out the GG Gorilla was much better for her comfort, and I was lucky enough to source another. A 16 day trip in the Pyrenees confirmed it was better for her - less fatigue and neck/shoulder pain ( than the Talon 44) even after long days with 12kg.

    I put this down mostly to the fact that the Gorilla has a longer torso. Similarly, the Osprey packs I've tried which are adjustable M/L (Talon44, Kestrel etc) even at full length still have shorter torsos than their fixed length packs, size L (like the Exos etc).

    Means now we are now carrying exact same packs as well as wearing similar shoes n trousers when hiking... :p
  23. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker


    Which reminds me.. I was going to try dyeing that pack.

    Just cos we've been sometime walking pardners for 24 + ?? Years, doesn't mean we have to start down the 'matchy matchy' route.

    Elsewise, before you know it, it'll be elasticated beige slacks, and nasty polo shirts.. :arghh:

    I did revisit the Osprey this weekend however, for a little nostalgia fest on the coast path.

    Which confirmed that I will be taking the GG on the next trip.. Colour notwithstanding.

    I do have fairly broad shoulders, tho, which maybe makes a difference to its fitting?? .

    Edit... Having said all of above, the Osprey did me proud for weeks and weeks of backpacking, cumulatively.
    And has stood up to a fair amount of abuse.. You obv have to treat the lighter stuff more daintily..
    And like shoes, the fit will be very individual to you.

    I'm a bit on the taller side (for a woman) so 'man sized' packs fit OK..
    Last edited: May 13, 2019
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  24. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Just had this image of Howard and Hilda :smile:

  25. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Exactly :rolleyeses: too tragic ..

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