I am selling back to REI my Granite Gear Crown 2 backpack after 250-300 miles. I could never get to fit right. I am currently looking at Gregory packs as my day pack (Gregory 30L) is fab, and I love their suspension system.
Any better recommendations to keep my cost <$250?
A typical hike = ~20m/day on PCT doing 4-5, 5-day sections / year.
@mdf59 I recently discovered KS Ultralight gear from a few youtube videos I've been watching. They provide a 50L pack weighing in at less than a pound, and also providing some structured "poles" to the frame similar to what the Zpacks arcblast provides. It is ~$185....super cheap compared to the Zpacks arc blast at $350. Might want to check them out....
Here is the gear review video I found the KS 50 on:
@mdf59 I thought I had a pick for my pack after my initial research. Then I went into a REI and got fitted, and my "researched" pack didn't fit me at all! I eventually picked the Osprey Atmos AG. Not the lightest weight pack, but it rides super well & very comfortable for me. I love the ventilated suspension system too. And you can find them for the price point you're looking for. Good luck!
@JeffPPeters thanks million - c-19 has made 'trying on in store' complicated 😞 ... I am going to order a couple different packs, load 'em up, and walk around the house (send back the rejects). I appreciate your experience w/ research not matching the 'facts' on the back - I tried so hard to like my granite gear after the research, but the miles on my back said differently.
I also appreciate your feedback on Osprey ... I have similar attraction to Gregory packs as I love their suspension system (but heavy).
Really appreciate your help!
@mdf59 A few notes to add on to some of things comments.....Although I do use an ultralight pack, and I stay below ~23 lbs, there have been times where the pack doesn't ride well on me. Meaning that it doesn't distribute the load very well. On several occasions, I have put on my buddie's Osprey with more weight in it, and it's actually a more comfortable carry due to the heavy duty shoulder straps, load lifters, and thick hip belt. When my ultralight pack wears out, I am going to be hard pressed to purchase it again vs. an Osprey type pack that distributes the load better.
I went to local REI and tried on a couple packs - Osprey has some interesting tech and it fits - but really heavy; Arc'teyx does not fit me (ultralight). I'm leaning back to either a lighter Osprey or Gregory (42-50 L) ... I also tried to use my 30 L Gregory but WOW! ... I'd have to forgo tent, jet boiler, and ... 40L is smallest for multi-day for me - too old to leave comforts behind 😞
Recommend you review CTUG at https://chickentrampergear.com/collections/ultralight-backpacks/products/ctug-45-liter-ultralight-ba...
They make the backpack to your specifications. Small US based Cottage Industry site and you have to be willing to wait for it ....but worth it 🙂
I've been very happy with my Gossamer Gear Kumo
My total skin-out weight for 3 season weekend trips is under 25lbs, so this works well for me. Gossamer Gear offers several other packs with more capacity but still ultralight.