I have no experience with the Ospreys. I dont like their compression strap system on the side and I always feel like the bag is quite flimsy, particularly the buckles. Having said that, lots of people swear by them and say they are robust. MY gear tends to get a hammering so I prefer sturdy packs like the Deuters. They are a bit heavy but they are very very comfortable and have good features. Also, I have never managed to break one which speak volumes
North Face used to make good packs but all my TNF packs are 10 years + so dont know if they are any good.
None of my shops around here carry the Arcteryx bags so I dont know what they are like.
What are you planning on using it for?
WEll, the size you need will depend on how long you are going for and how often you can resupply and get water. If you are stying in huts you can probaly get away with 45-50L pack. But you want something that is very comfortable to carry so make sure you try the bag on with some weight in it. It can look great but if you are not comfortable with it on then it is no good. If you buy online make sure you check the return policy and how long you have to return it.
€ 340 is A LOT for a pack! I would only spend that much money if you are likely to use the bag a log in the future and if it is the absolute most comfortable and perfect bag in the world!
Very few pack are REALLY water proof so you will need a raian cover. It looks like the Arrakis is waterproof but I would say save the money, by something cheaper and spend some extra money on some roll-top dry bags to keep the stuff in your bag dry
I am having Kata 45 pack. It is great!
Great quality, great comfort, great features.
But i am selling it (see buy&sell) because I will replace it with same model smaller size = Kata 37.
If you are interested please PM me.
I have to say I like the dead bird packs and most of their other stuff too, to be honest, if your after simple and light(ish) pack might be worth looking at Lowe Alpines Attack series, very no nonsense, and very comfy ... I was fortunate to get a peak attack (XL 45:55) at a big reduction and love it, they also do an Alpine Attack which might be just the ticket..
of course if youve bought the Kata already then fair play to you.
ive used Osprey and have to say they are by comfy with a load,
Are we there yet??
while not entirely illiterate, it seems that my typing ability is somewhat compromised by an apparent inability on my part to push the keys in the correct order, and the inbuilt auto correct facilities determination to confound me at every opportunity ..
Thanks for inputs. But I think i will stay with Kata. 45l is just to big for my needs so I will for sure take smaller brother/sister but first I need to sell Kata 45. As mention it is like new in perfect condition with no kind of damage at all. Also no sign of usuage.
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