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Smallest Day or Tech Backpack for overnighter ??

Tenkara is a great type of fishing for backpacking and securing a meal when out in the woods. This forum discusses backpacking in general and how it relates ot tenkara: fish recipes, favorite spots, ultra-light backpacking

Re: Smallest Day or Tech Backpack for overnighter ??

Postby dwalker » Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:32 am


Here is a short video, starring fast talking Steve, that in 3 minutes will give you some quick tips on choosing a backpack.

I have a ULA Conduit pack, now renamed the CDT, it weights 21 oz and has a volume of 3.370 ci ( 3370/61 = 55 L) It is the pack I use most often when I want to make a day hike to try out a camping setup before doing an over night or weekend camp. I have no problem fitting in sleeping bag, camping hammock, tarp, cook kit and food, foam pad or under quilt for insulation below the hammock, and extra clothing and I have room to spare so you would likely do fine with a lower volume pack. And it's $135.

I also have an Osprey Exos 58, and I like it a lot. I forget what Osprey calls it, AirSpeed or something like that, it has a frame covered with mesh and it really helps keep your back cooler when it is warm out. Some people complain that the air vent puts the weight of the pack to far from your back and that the foam padding in the shoulder straps can become to soft on hot days allowing the straps to not perform as they should but I have no complaint about either thus far. The Exos 58 is a 58 L pack , so just a little more volume than my ULA Conduit, which is larger than what you will likely need.

You'd probably do fine with the Exos 34 ( x 61 = 2074 ci) recommended earlier for a day/over night pack. The other advantage it would have over the ULA is the Osprey packs have lots of little zippered pockets to put stuff in if you like that sort of thing over just a main compartment of top loading pack, plus the outside mesh pockets. I think there are two zippered pockets on the front of the pack and two in the top lid. Sometimes I like the zippered pockets, other times I find I waste a lot of time trying to remember which pocket I squirreled away stuff in. The Exos 34 M weights 2#2oz .

What size you need will depend upon 2 things: how much weight you're willing to carry and what type ( volume) of gear you buy. A down bag compresses much more than a synthetic bag. You can get a huge foam pad or air mattress, on the other hand a Neo Air mattress rolls up pretty small, weights about 1 # and is 2 inches thick when inflated.

I also have a gossamer gear Mariposa plus pack, great pack, great folks to deal with. The Mariposa pack is much larger than what you will need. I have no experience with the Gorilla pack. I'm sure it would prove to be a good pack too. 3000 ci = 46 L , it should be a good size.

Get your gear first so you will know what size pack you might need. Throw it in a sack and take it to the outfitter store and see what size pack it will fit in. The big 3 in back packing for keeping your weight down are the weight of the pack, the sleeping system ( bag and pad) and the shelter ( tent or tarp or in my case most often a hammock and tarp if I know I will have suitable trees.

Keep the weight of those 3 items to a reasonable weight and the rest of what you need should not be to much of a problem.

If you are new to backpacking, one single source that I have recently found that provides a lot of information is the hikelight web page. They have about 70 articles and 82 videos about the basics of light weight backpacking which are pretty helpful. Now some of the articles and videos are just reviews of the stuff they sell so those will perhaps not be generic information pieces. That being said, they sell a lot of the SMD products. I've never owned any of the SMD stuff but I have seen it at Trail Days and it looks like well made gear and is very popular with a lot of people. Give the HL articles and videos a look to see if any of the information is helpful to you.

You will have to find what fits you. A backpack or camping hammock or even a type of shoe that is very comfortable for one person may be very uncomfortable for another person.

good luck in your choices.

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Re: Smallest Day or Tech Backpack for overnighter ??

Postby kkortemeier » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:13 pm

I will keep this reply short as others have posted some great information. Check out Kifaru packs. They are expensive, but they are very well made. They have a line of ultra light packs that are hard to beat. I have the KU3700. It is one of the best ul packs I have had. The stuff is expensive, but it is made in Colorado and it is bombproof.

Good luck. Fishing and backpacking go hand in hand. One more thing: spend money on a good bag and pad. A good nights sleep will help you catch more fish!
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