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Ideal pack size and weight for weekend backpack?
by FiferStu » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:37 pm
Looking for others' thoughts and opinions on this topic.
In the distant past I backpacked weekends - sleeping out one or at most two nights - using a 65-litre pack.
However that was 15 years and more ago. Ideally I want to get down to using my larger daypack (35 litres). With a tent, sleeping back and cooking equipment, etc, is this feasible? I'd also need to carry all food, as I won't be passing through any "resupply points".
Very interested to hear your views/experiences - what capacity to you use, and indeed what pack? The 35 litre I have is a good one, a Macpac Torlesse. (The only thing I dislike about it is the straps that pull the lid down - they're designed in such a way that you can't use them to strap anything on the back. I've never understood the logic of this design). That aside, I like everything else about it.
Any replies appreciated...
by Gythral » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:50 pm
Stove is a meths "shampoo lid" & mug for rehydrated meals, a 4 season down sleeping bag + mat & the only spare clothes are a few changes of socks...
by weaselmaster » Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:34 pm
by Skyelines » Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:11 pm
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by Arthurs Eat » Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:39 pm
by Skyelines » Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:58 pm
Arthurs Eat wrote:Oh you left the carpet out!
Who'd want to take that carpet?
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by WalkWithWallace » Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:09 pm
by Wandererssolo » Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:46 am
Dog carrying own food in a dog back pack. Trying for 10 kilos max. If it was summer, I could easily get under that
If it wasn’t for the dog I would have bought an Exos 38 when I bought my new pack. Previously using a very heavy berghaus 65l which killed me because the back never stayed adjusted when loaded up. Looked at Lowe Alpine 35-45 with adjustable back but didn’t fancy the faff after the Berghaus.
by Mal Grey » Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:48 am
I recently added a new pack to my collection specifically for this reason. Whilst looking, I spent most time around the 50 litre mark, and nearly bought a 48. However, trying lots of things on, I realised that things have moved on so much since my last larger pack (my '96 Karrimor) that going a little larger was going to add little difference to the weight. I ended up with a Gregory Paragon 58, and its unbelievable how comfortable it is compared with what I've used before. The extra space is useful on occasion, and means this pack would also do longer trips too, I just have to be disciplined not to fill it up automatically with other essentials like spare wine It also means that when I'm walking in areas where finding water is not so simple, I can carry a bit extra without having to tie stuff to the outside, and the pack can handle the extra weight. And on the odd single night on the South Down, I can choose to lump a Helinox chair and a frying pan in to give me a comfortable night's sitting out under the stars eating a nice bit of sirloin. You can tell my priorities are not in travelling too light!
For me then, something 50-60L with a lightish construction adds a bit of versatility without weighing too much. Most of the time 50 would be more than enough. It is a bit big for normal day walking though.
by Holly » Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:08 pm
by FiferStu » Wed Nov 04, 2020 8:27 pm
Mal Grey wrote: realised that things have moved on so much since my last larger pack (my '96 Karrimor) that going a little larger was going to add little difference to the weight.
Mal Grey, is that the Karrimor Jaguar GR 65 by any chance? I bought one in 1997 and still have it. It's a heavy beast (about 2.2kg when empty). That's what I want to move on from.
by FiferStu » Wed Nov 04, 2020 8:31 pm
Although on paper, 35l should be enough for one or two nights, the pack I've got, coupled with the tent, sleeping bag and mat volume, might not cut it. So it's either stick with the old 65 litre Karrimor, or invest in newer sleeping equipment. It's a no brainer really.
by shinenotburn » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:06 pm
WalkWithWallace wrote:35-40l for a night or two away, if you've got the bulk of your sleep system and shelter down.
Agree. Just be ruthless with the spare stuff.
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