I have a £100 Christmas money to spend.I want a new backpacking Rucksack.
I currently own a Osprey Atmos 50 but don't find it big enough.I want it for 3-4 days backpacking and lightweight.Any suggestions welcome.I am naturally untidy and find folding things neatly into sacks impossible so I would like something to swallow the load easily.
If you get on with Osprey, Jim Lloyd's got a Kestrel 68 in the classifieds.
No relation. You'd even have some spare out of the £100
The Berghaus Torridon 65 looks a really good sack at £75 or less and has got some very positive reviews. Not used it myself but a friend got one last year and rates it highly.
The other possibility is if you're in the Lake District at any time have a look in some of the discount shops for one of the Lowe Alpine sacks that are on offer at the moment -- many are half price. That way you can try them on, which is important because the fit of a sack is as important as the fit of boots imo.
For carrying that sort of volume and hence weight, please, please try sacs with weight in before buying.
Whatever rucksack you get will have to fit well to be of any use, and there's no guarantee at all that a 'random' rucksack, no matter how good on paper, will do that.
Well, yes and no. Ideally, you should try a number of bags with all the kit you intend to carry but not everyone is within range of a shop that stocks the stuff you might be interested in.
I've got 5 sacs here, none of which I'd clapped eyes on/tried on in a shop and they fit, and indeed carry, just fine. I did a lot of research beforehand and made sure I had measured the length of my back as accurately as possible. Worked for me but of course YMMV.
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My experience has been similar to Kev's. If I had the chance to get a good deal online, I'd take the risk of having to send it back if it didn't work out, partticularly if it is a pack with an adjustable back.
However, if you get the chance to try on the pack you want, it makes sense to do it. Even then it's not foolproof, though. I have a pack with adjustable back length that killed me when I first got it. It took me quite a while to get it set up how I need it. Now it's perfect, but if I'd been trying it in a shop, I would have rejected it.
Well at the very least, try a bunch of 'random' rucksacks on with weight in them, and see if most of them carry well, or if you're tricky
It'd obviously be a fair bit less important if it was a day sack or something, but we are looking a load hauler here, so it really does have to work well and the degree of comfort in terms of carry when loaded is pretty well the only thing that matters.
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Have a look at some of the Golite sacks. They are light and strong with dyneema fabric. I think the Pinnacle might be the one for you. I have a Jam (50 litres ) - apparently larger than the Atmos 50! I can use it for 2 days travel, could possibly do more daysdepending on your equipment. I can carry 10kg with it. I don't regret ever buying the Jam. Good luck.
Pinnacle is 72L-76L. UK dealer seems sold out on large. Most men of average height need large, above your budget.
Jam is 53L so not much more than your current size.
Footloose if you turn your messaging on I may be able to help you .I think you live in Newcastle area .I'm not far away at Stockton
Golite pinnacle available here in Large. I am 5'7" and I take a medium in the Jam.
At £110 is above budget, but maybe available elsewhere.
Sport Pursuit (which you have to join to see the offers) have the Haglofs Sec 65 at £91.80 from £170 at the moment.
Maybe a bit too big, but the Outdoors Warehouse have both the Golite Quest at £72 and Terrono for £120.
Happy new year John!
footloose : Goto google : search for 'golite pinnacle '. Click on Shopping.
Some offers under £100 , but for medium size only. Also,if going for a Golite bag, check you are buying the latest version (usually 2011) as better built.
The same to you Alastair!
Interested in your comments about build quality of golite 2011 models versus older... any idea what changed?
For comparison, my pack in this category is a crux ak57 which is excellent (my review is here) but hard to find for under £100...
If I remember correctly, and my memory is not the best so don't quote me on this, the weight was increased slightly (100g or less) from the 2010 version for the Jam sack to increase the padding on the hipbelt and the sholder straps to improve comfort. The rear pocket was made bigger for holding more. As the Jam is just a smaller version of the Pinnacle, I assume they made the same changes for that in 2011. When I bought my Jam I waited a few months to get the 2011 version, but I'm sure the 2010 owners won't notice a big difference.
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