Presentation on theme: "Backpacks & How to Pack Them"— Presentation transcript:
1 Backpacks & How to Pack Them AMC Boston ChapterSpring Hiking ProgramBackpacks & How to Pack ThemMay 13, 2014Joan Wu ChambersMany thanks to my fellow H/B leaders for helping the Demo and providing advices!
2 How to Choose Backpacks _Length_1-2 nights3-5 nights6+ nights*Volume20-50 L55+ L65+ L__Variation _Factors__Body Type (Torso)Trip Length & Type3-Season or WinterComfort StyleUL Packing Techniques2
4 Get Organized | Try | Fine-tune How to Pack BackpacksGet Organized | Try | Fine-tunePack softer and more bulky objects near the bottom of the pack. (Compress all things such as sleeping bag and clothes.)Pack "middle/heavy weight" objects around the middle of the pack.Lighter objects that may need to be accessed quickly should be near the top of the backpack or outside pockets.
5 Always backpack with adequate clothing, shelter, food, and water Mountains Create Their Own WeatherAlways backpack with adequate clothing, shelter, food, and water(Tour du Mont Blanc)5
6 Kelty Trekker External Frame Bob Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org> 21 InchTorso
7 Robert Knudsen <email@example.com> REI Mars 85 Pack - LargeRobert Knudsen20 InchTorsoThis pack like some others is available in more than one size.The large fits a inch torso and has a larger belt with a bonus of 3 liters volume.If a pack style appeals to you and the display model does not fit, ask if the pack is available in another size.Sizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistM5187856/02.718-2031-37L5370886/62.919-2134-4060-80 lbs
8 Carl Gustenhoven <firstname.lastname@example.org> REI Mars (2005) Pack - LargeCarl Gustenhoven20¼ InchTorsoLikes: Comfort, price, outside water-bottle netsDislike: Lack of outside attachment points. I also don't like the color, this is not a silly as it may sound: it gets hot in the sun and it is hard to see. I want to be visible when I'm in the mountains.Sizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistM4822805/122.6118-2031-37L5200855/142.6619-2134-4060-80 lbs
9 Osprey Aether 70 Pack - Large Alex Nedzel <email@example.com> 19.5 InchTorsocu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistS4089674/082.0416-1927-31M4272704/122.1418-2030-34L4455734/152.2420-2333-37XL4638765/32.3422-2536+The Aether lightweight (not ultra-light) backpack series is recognized everywhere you go. Great balance of comfort/capacity/ruggedness vs. weight. This pack can be cinched down to less than half its size when not full, and lid can be formed into a fanny pack. Has interchangeable heat-moldable belt.60-80 lbs
11 Black Diamond Innova 60 Pack - M Pam Wilmot <firstname.lastname@example.org> 17.5 InchTorsoMy torso is 17.5 I picked the medium even though I was at the bottom of the scale. This is a women's specific 60 LITER pack-- 3 LB 13 OZ. The specs are here at REI;Sizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistS3487573/121.7015-1930-35M3660603/131.7417-2134-3960-80 lbs
13 Osprey Atmos 65 Pack - Medium Kellie Connelly18 InchTorsoSizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistS3783623/061.53<1825-35M3967653/091.5918-2128-38L4150683/101.6420+33+I love this pack because it is light, but has good volume for multi day trips and it fits my frame perfectly.It is interesting to note that I have to use a Men's pack because the Women's pack would not fit my torso and shoulders correctly as it was too narrow.The picture is me in my full pack on the Rockwall, BC trip with the gang. The pack is set up with a weeks worth of gear and food.60-80 lbs
14 Gossamer Gear Mariposa Ultralight Julie LePage18 InchTorsoSizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistS1/090.7213-1625-32M424469.51/110.7616-1932-38L1/130.8119-2238-44XL1/140.8522-2544-60The Gossamer Gear hip belt and pack can be bought in different sizes to customize your fit.So you can buy a Medium pack and a Small hip belt together, or whatever combo that fits best for you. This is not a feature with most backpacks (except Granite Gear, that I’m aware of anyways). – Judy LePage60-80 lbs
15 Gossamer Gear Mariposa Ultralight Robert Freed19 InchTorsoSizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistS1/090.7213-1625-32M424469.51/110.7616-1932-38L1/130.8119-2238-44XL1/140.8522-2544-60The Gossamer Gear hip belt and pack can be bought in different sizes to customize your fit.So you can buy a Medium pack and a Small hip belt together, or whatever combo that fits best for you. This is not a feature with most backpacks (except Granite Gear, that I’m aware of anyways). – Judy LePage60-80 lbs
16 Osprey Exos 58 Pack - Medium Joan Wu Chambers18 InchTorsoSizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistS3356552/071.11<18.5<31M3539582/081.1418-2030-34L3722612/101.1820+33+Lightweight, lots of pockets, and comfortable!60-80 lbs
17 Kathmandu Gluon Interloper - Lg Chris McCarron19.5 InchTorsoGear can get expensive and I’m all about reusing and recycling equipment from other people and that you bought for other uses but this pack illustrates why that’s not always a good idea. The pack is too long for my torso so it’s difficult to get it properly adjusted. Also the frame comes up so high that I can’t move my head back, making it difficult and potentially dangerous in certain terrain.
18 Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Pack George Papayannis19 InchTorsoI considered the Deuter ACT Lite and Gregory Baltoro packs – the ACT Lite because of its weight and the Baltoro because of hiker recommendations. I chose the Aircontact because it had better shoulder padding that the ACT Lite and was less expensive than the Baltoro.Sizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistOne Size6 / 02.7116-21 in30-50 in60-80 lbs
19 Melissa O. Litts <email@example.com> Lowe Alpine Vega ND 45 - WMelissa O. LittsSizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistOne2745454/102.1015-215060-80 lbs
20 Osprey Aether 70 Pack - Medium 19.5 InchTorsoSizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistS4089674/082.04<18.5<31M4272704/122.1418-2030-34L4455734/152.2420+33+The Aether series is recognized everywhere you go. This pack can be cinched down to less than half it’s size when not full or the lid can be formed into a fanny pack. The Aether backpacker is less conscious of weight and more concerned with comfort and the ability to carry whatever is thrown inside. He or she is less of a hiker and more of a camper, choosing to hike 5-10 miles/day and spend afternoons at the site smelling the flowers and fishing.60-80 lbs
21 Granite Gear Crown 60 - Medium 21 InchTorsoSizecu inliterslb/ozkgTorsoWaistReg3660602/020.918-2130-34Tall4000652/041.021-2534-38Granite Gear does light right. Hikers, rather than campers, are accessing their pack only a couple times during the day, emptying it in the evening when they arrive at their destination. Packing those items that aren’t needed until camp at the bottom of the pack makes room for the essentials to stay close or go in the outside pockets. Durability isn’t sacrificed and comfortable carrying up to 30 lbs make for a light but fully featured kit.60-80 lbs