Yeah i do think the weight is a bit on the high end for a 35ltr day pack - but then its unlikely i will be carrying heavy weight in it - say 10kgs max so its never going to be a problem - I prefer bomb proof over light weight if i have to make a choice between the two.
I've come across a Jack wolfskin 35ltr daypack in one of the local stores - not the cheapest but not the most expensive. Had a nice feature which was a pull out water bottle pouch, as well as lots of other fancy bits that not caring so much about the weight i quite liked.
No one i know has used a Jack Wolfskin rucksack so i'm wondering if anyone on the forum has any feedback on them.
Great stuff! i had never hear of Aarn packs before - i like the idea - it makes sense to balnace the load more - but imagine if you dont get the balance right it can feel awkward - but ease of accessing suff in the front pockets looks good.
Thats my biggest problem with bottles is that i tend to stop and gulp rather than sip constantly. This isnt a problem when hiking by myself but in a group it can cause a bit of a problem.
WHen hiking i use a Osprey NATO bottle which fits snugly into a side pouch and i can get it in and out with out taking the pack off completly and then use a spererate bladde to fill up if i think it will be a while before getting to another water source or the last fill before a camp.
Hose systems i really like in hot places and when keeping a good pace is important - but on long journeys and expeditions i have had issues of mould growing in the tubes , and crud getting in the mouth piece if I'm not careful where i put my pack. If in i suspect long intervals between
If i suspect long intervals between refils and the water needs treating i like a system of two 1 ltr bottles and 2 - 3 ltr bladder in my pack - One bottle is used for dipping in streams and treating water - this then gets put into the clean bottle or in the bladder depending - i can also use the clean bottle for treating water but its one i never put into the stream if i can help it. It then allows me if i stop and fill everything (5lts) to realistically go a max 48hrs without a refill sensibly depending on the climate.
Thanks Trevor! I think i have to resign my self to the fact that i will end up getting bitten and pestered by bugs apleanty but still - if i can tip the scales in my favour even just a bit - then all the better!