Choosing A Lightweight Backpack | Lightweight Backpacking Series

Choosing A Lightweight Backpack | Lightweight Backpacking Series

25 thoughts on “Choosing A Lightweight Backpack | Lightweight Backpacking Series

  1. I’m definitely not ready to go frameless… and honestly I know there are so many more lightweight backpacking options out there, but one of the downsides I often read in reviews is the lighter you go the less longevity. My packs take a beating, I want something I know I can count on years down the road. Although, I’m super interested in the levity, or even the exos!
    What was your first backpacking backpack 🎒?

  2. I’m super tempted to try a frameless pack! I can get my base weight down to about 8 pounds if leave the Helinox Zero home. I need a company to let me try before I buy!

  3. My first pack was a Osprey 65 and I filled it up, so I made the mistake of getting an 80 liter pack. Huge rookie mistake!!!!! I am looking for a new framed lightweight pack ad you have some great advice. Thank you again.

  4. I have the Granite Gear Crown 2 60. It has a load capacity of 35 lbs. Even though it’s 60 liter, I consider it a lightweight pack

  5. I literally JUST bought my Zulu 55 for the purpose of getting a "smaller" volume, lighter pack 🙁 In my defense, it's the 55L…but in all seriousness, my goal is to have a base weight of 20-25 lbs. With the gear ive bought so far, I should have no problem accomplishing that and I'll have to simply exercise self-control and then eventually upgrade to a small pack. The deal I got on the back was too good to pass up and I'm also still trying to get comfortable in the backcountry without sacrificing too much. I've got a 2 lb sleeping bag (Marmot Lamina Z 34 degree), S2S ultralight SI pad, BA windy point 2 (for 2 person camping) and my eno (when I go by myself), as well as my cook kit coming in at just under 1 lb. All of that combined so far weighs in at about 13 lbs. Am I on the right track as long as I can refrain from stuffing a bunch of useless crap in my back?

  6. Good Video Devin! It's hard for me to get my weight down I have a heavy weight pack as I carry my kids stuff along with all my creature comforts.

  7. I've had a Gossamer Gear G4 for years now and its been a great frame less UL pack. But…. since i'm planning on the JMT this year which requires a bear can as well as I'll be carrying over 30 lbs during a stretch I needed a different pack. Picked up the ZPacks Arc Haul.

  8. Definitely still on the fence about a frameless… I've been looking at that Osprey! It's probably the route I'll go.

  9. Base weight with current pack is ~11.5 right now. I want a pack that can handle long water carries, 7+ days out between resupplying and most importantly durability and what I'm guessing is 1 lightweight pack won't fit those requirements comfortably.

    Proper load transfer from shoulders to hips is what I'm after. I can't have it crush my spine and I don't want to buy a $300 pack every year because they fall apart.

  10. I would disagree with your evaluation that if you have a 65 liter pack you have more room so you’ll carry more gear than if you have a 40 liter pack. One point you didn’t touch on is hiking where your required to use a bear canister. That’s where you may want to consider a 65 liter pack. It’s possible to lash a BV500 to the outside of a smaller pack, but it’s a pain and from my experience not a great option. On top of the volume of space it takes it also adds 2 pounds to your base weight on longer trips that could add tens pounds to your load between the canister and your food weight. Which should be considered when deciding between a frame or frameless pack. Hell anything is lightweight nowadays from when I started backpacking in 1979, my total pack weight back then was 50 to 60 pounds! Now that was a load to carry

  11. In the past all my packs were large and with frames. Now I have a smaller pack ( Zpacks Nero 38 liter ,10.5 oz ) which is frame less. If you don't count the foam pad attached to it which is against my back. The basic pack weigh right now is 7.55 pounds for the cooler weather. Fortunately winter in Florida is not very long. It would of been nice if I could of had that pack weight back in the late 50's and early 70's. Can't go back to those times , just forward with different and lighter gear.

  12. For me the Osprey Atmos AG 50 is the perfect size for either short overnights or week long outings. I would even take it on a thru-hike. Sure it weights a little more than the ultra light packs, but it is so comfortable and in the long run will hold up better.

  13. Washington state……Bear canisters are required almost everywhere on the peninsula and in Olympic National park…frameless packs carrying a 2.9 lb. 700 cubic inch BV 500?

  14. I personally use the outdoor products arrowhead 8.0 46 L backpack from Walmart that is very competitive very strong very reliable and very sturdy. I had to customize it though. As is, it doesn’t meet the conference or today’s standard in most double the lying name brands backpacks out there. After customizing it, it is on really comfortable and it meets all my demands as a weekend backpacker. I have three of these and have customized two of them and I’ve been using them for years and years. I know some people have a tendency of trashing anything that comes from Walmart but I don’t agree with them. This is a 1 lb. 14 oz. out of the shell backpack but after customizing it, it is a 1 lbs. 9 oz. now. I am in really happy with that. From the list that you are describing in this video, may choice of preference would be the osprey levity 45 L backpack. It has a very competitive and hard to beat suspension system. It is a 1 lbs. 14 oz. backpack. It is a dream backpack. But you must keep in mind, that if you’re using A light backpack is because you are using a much lighter backpack load. It’s not cheap though. But I much rather you sing this bag backpack then any other made out of die Nemah. Just because is more abrasion resistant. Would you consider testing this backpack I use? Very good video. Very good subject. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  15. Things i have found over the years .
    The off the shelf packs are normally heavy since the manufacture wants to have bomb proofed merchandise. They are the take it as we made it packs.
    The cottage industry packs can be lighter and more or less ( depending on which cottage industry ) Basic to fully custom made.
    Frame less packs can have a improvised frame by using your mattress inside it as a temp frame. Or you can even use a partial foam pad as a temp frame and in camp as a sit pad.
    I line my frame less pack with my deflated air mattress , usually in a circle around the inside of the pack with all my stuff inside it. It does require a little more thought on how you pack everything to have a comfortable pack.
    I also found ( for myself ) that one night or a month the basic items stay the same ( with Florida being semi-tropical) ) with the consumables being the variable.

  16. Currently using a atmos 65 but I’m going the ultralight direction ,, switching to tarp camping ,, I can’t decide what pack to get ???

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