May 30, 20189565 views

Interest Check: Outdoors & Ultralight Backpacks

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Hey guys,
We want to hear what Ultralight & Outdoors backpacks all of you are into. More specifically, what brands, types, and styles.
▶ What type of qualities do you look for in a backpack? ▶ Are there certain features that make most sense for you? ▶ What companies/brands do you think make the best products?
We’re always looking at posts and polls of suggestions, and we take this into account when we’re looking for products to put on the site. It doesn’t mean we can secure relationships with any brand of course, but it does mean we can try, and it gives us a better sense of the interests of the community. So let us know what you think and what suggestions you might have in the discussion.
Thanks!
See our other Interest Checks here:
· Jackets: www.massdrop.com/talk/7906/interest-check-outdoors-ultralight-jackets
· Shoes: www.massdrop.com/talk/8129/interest-check-outdoors-ultralight-shoes

We’ll be posting other Interest Checks for other categories so stay tuned. And feel free to share any polls you’ve created here so we can help more people see them.
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Thank for your feedback. I'll try to engage more rather then posting about jackets.
emmajason123
Appreciate it, Emma! 🙏
Want to look at the Kelty Zyp and Zyro
"went ultralight" destroyed everything I touched except the sleeping bag. There is a trade off and it's reliability and durability. I'd rather have the ladder.
Jenna87
“latter”
I use a Gregory Baltoro 75. I do not personally look for ultralight gear. I have spent the last 8 years in the military and my ruck is a min of 80lbs so on the civilian side I say learn to carry more weight well. The baltoro is incredibly comfortable and strong, the quality is outstanding and it will last for years. The pocket design makes accessibility and organization excellent. What I look for in gear is not crazy weight savings but simply space savings. I am also hard on my equipment and it is used much more frequently than your average joe, so durability is key.
I currently own an Osprey Atmos 65 AG which is a great pack but not lightweight for sure. I have been doing a ton of research on packs in my desire to lighten up a bit. There are so many great options out there. The packs I am strongly considering include HMG 3400 Southwest and ULA Circuit. There are a number of others that have piqued my interest as well including the Waymark Thru 40. I think for me the main things are lightweight and streamlined. I am not interested in a lot of bells and whistles. Waterproof material is a big bonus.
Let's get a sweet deal on a thru hiker sized hyperlite back pack!!!!
I’m a big fan of utilizing every space in my backpack. One main selling point is having easy access at getting to that piece of equipment you need at the moments notice without having to unpack more than I need to get that item example: I just got a Kelty Redwing 32 that has a gear pocket large enough to keep my rain poncho right within easy access to get me out of a sudden downpour. Now i’m Sure many packs have that feature but I was sold on the Kelty because of all the easy access pockets along the sides and some gear storage for my telescopic fishing rod.
Superior Wilderness Designs. I'm waiting on my new long haul 50 right now. Fully customized, including materials and color. Staff is great and will answer every question. Comperable in price to others, but being able to design the bag how you want it makes SWD unique in my mind. Give them a look.
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Received it a few weeks ago and have a shakedown this weekend. Pack is perfect. Stitching is solid and the pack fully loaded with bear can in top sits just right. For it being a fully customizable pack the price is in the ballpark for mass produced packs. 2.4 pounds total weight for mine that has yons of extras. Can handle 40 lbs easy if I needed it to with the mid weight cloth. I wanted it to Last and it will. Can't go wrong with SWD. Once I try it out and to on some trips will leave a review on SWD.
Logistical_Jedi
I bought my first SWD pack last year. I loved it. Gave it to my brother and I am ordering another SWD this year. They are great packs, well made and outstanding performance.
I like hikers--they're tasty!
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RayF
naw that one looks like she would run away. unless she looking at lilbear behind you. then you worry. I got caught between momma and lilbear up in NH once saw lilbear FLY through a swamp to get to momma and they both took off but the cub moved so fast through the swampy area that I thought It was a low flying turkey since they liked this swampy pond. anyhoow while i watched it scatter away I saw momma circle around the cub and take off right in the direction I needed to go in order to get home. I saw the tracks smoked a ciggarette cut down a 2''-3" stick tied my knife securly and went fishing. I didnt want to stay into the dark that night and I also didnt want to double back over my tracks and end up between them again. I did know these bears though. they liked to steal from our blueberry bushes. I love how simple netting can thwart them! one day they saw me tending to them and I started back towards the barn where there was a 308 then they were pissed when they looked at the nets. took them weeks before the figured out to just rip them up. they would however smack them light lightly and get the berrys to drop and lick them off the ground. bears are weird. that same bear might have been one a game warden told us to be on the look out for and to not leave out food because she was injured in the area and might eat ANYTHING so be cautious. my idiot cousin didnt live there ans thought it would be cool to cook his dinner on the camp fire. 10 mins in and there was rumbling through the woods that he claimed to sound like and elepant. them we all watch the bear eat his dinner and 2 more live fish this idiot was keepiing in a bucket for later.
nawhomie
Interesting!
z packs arc haul.
I've been buying camping equipment lately and I'm a total noob. Things I'm looking for: UItralight 100% waterproof - As in fall in a river and everything inside is dry Colours which won't give me epilepsy or autism. Please some camo/black packs. Pockets/things where I can reach around when it is on my back and take stuff out with ease.
zPacks Arc Haul.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear and Gossamer Gear!
Due to the waterproof construction, I would care to see some product from Velo Transit.
Dyneema with four side and one large front pockets and a lid. 200 Denier Nylon bathtub on bottom. Well padded shoulder pads and hip belt. Attachment points for snow shoes. This would be my choice for winter camping. Roll top Dyneema bag for canoeing. Portage comfort design for summer use.
ULA Circuit has served me extremely well. I plan to by a Catalyst as well for larger load. My Circuit does need a bit of repair, but that is after years and hundreds of trail miles. Most comfortable pack I have ever worn (as long as you don't overload).
I've done quite a bit of research, and it seems that the Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60, and the Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40 consistently came out as some of the best all around lightweight backpacks! When considering durability, comfort, capacity to weight ratio,and all other factors, these backpacks are right at the top of the list. I especially like the 100 and 200 Denier Robic Nylon versus the Dyneema that some manufacturers like ZPacks are using. Next on my list would be the ULA backpacks like the Ohm, Circuit, or CDT. Also very high quality and highly ranked in all categories, and very well liked by the users that I have spoken to who use their packs.
Waymark Thru 40 looks so clean and functional! Warning, it is frameless. Also, Osprey everything.
Something that weighs around 2 - 2.5 lbs, around 60L capacity, and 30 lb max load. Something like the ULA circuit or Granite Gear Crown. PLEASE include short torso sizing and women’s specific options!!!
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Molh
Yes please also smaller hip belt sizes, I'm trying to keep it to around 50L capacity to rein in the weight I carry.
Mountainsmith p
I’ve been using a morphed version of Gregory’s Baltoro 85, with the 75 Goal Zero hood. Loved it on the JMT, Dolly Sods Wilderness and the Rockies. I like and own Kelty and Deuter Air-contact packs too. Does the Osprey Kids Pogo packs too!
Lightweight to ultralight packs in the 45-60L range (good for weeklong or weekend trips). Hyper light mountain gear makes some great packs, especially the southwest 2400. Granite gear is also releasing a new pack that would be perfect for a release called the blaze 60 (coming out this spring) https://sgbonline.com/granite-gear-blaze-60-trail-thru-hiker-conversation-with-david-eisenberg-creative-director-behind-the-pack/
Looking at weekender bags in the 40-50L range. Really liking the look of the updated mystery ranch coulee 40
Expedition type 100 L+ Backpacks with floating-suspension + Quick-Draw multi-adjustable Torso and Hip-Belt with Multi-pockets and Main Compartment/Chute Access from the middle also. space for External Bladder (( e.g. Gregory, Aether )) in Bright colors Red, Orange, Green,Blue. Detachable Top with zippered compartments.
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Thule Covert DSLR or Timbuk2 Aviator
UD Fastpack 25. Missed the last drop
Dakine constructor back pack. Would be a poplar choice as usually sold out every where.
One specific item from me, based on mid-volume, reachability of side water bottle pockets, hipbelt adjustability, and pull-forward-from-the-side hipbelt adjustment: A Granite Gear Crown2 38L just like the Massdrop GG C2 60L.