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HIKING.....What's the best backpack?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Copzilla55, Oct 3, 2010.


  1. Copzilla55

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    I recently purchased a Condor brand tactical backpack which has a place to put the Camelback water pouch in it. I plan to use it for hiking so that I may carry other stuff in there that I may need while hiking.

    Anyone have any other suggestions of good back packs?
     

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  2. snakeman

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    My Camelbak Motherload and BFM served me well in Iraq. I still have both bags and they are about 5 years old and have been used hard. I still use them hunting and for the Army.


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  3. Dexters

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    What volume are you needing?
    How much do you want to spend?
    How will you be using it? Day hike/overnight?/winter/summber
     
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  4. USMC Medic

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    I use the Camelbak Talon when I'm out in the field with the Corps or over seas, but I also use it while I'm backpacking. The biggest complaint is that there is not a belly strap (true, only if you are moving QUICKLY) so, I had one sewn on it for me which cost me a whopping extra $9.

    You get a hydration system that has more room than you know what to do with in a pack. Plus Camelbak really knows how to incorporate a water bag with a pack. Usually when you carry a hydration bag, it is stupidly uncomfortable when it is full, but there is a stiff bored that separates your back from the hydration bag. You never know that you are wearing it (except for the added weight) The best pack.... period.
     
  5. duncan

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    No such thing as the best backpack.

    For camping with the Boy Scouts for up to seven days, I like this backpack - expandable and comfortable. Carried up to 60 lbs in there too.

    Gregory Shasta:

    http://www.trailspace.com/gear/gregory/shasta/

    Bought mine for $75 like new off of a Craigslist guy!

    You have to go to REI or a sporting good store and try them on to see how they fit your back.
     
  6. Kegs

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    Duncan is absolutely right, of course.

    Condor is a typical mil/contractor pack. Built heavy and primarily for a purpose. Lots of those packs are overpriced.

    I have paid hundreds of dollars for packs in the past. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't spend more than $100 on one - and $50 is more than enough to score a bomb "resistant" one. :supergrin:

    Good pack makers:

    Old (80-90s) Lowe Alpine
    Osprey
    Gregory
    Kifaru

    Etc.
    Etc.
    Etc.

    Tons of them out there.