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View Poll Results: What pack volume do you use the most for your backpacking trips?
Under 1000 cu. in. 0 0%
1000-2000 cu. in. 4 3.67%
2000-3000 cu. in. 34 31.19%
3000-4000 cu. in. 53 48.62%
4000 up 18 16.51%
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Old 07-01-2006, 07:45 AM
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Perkolady Perkolady is offline
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Most used pack volume / size

What volume pack do you find you use the most for your backpacking trips?
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Old 07-01-2006, 10:41 AM
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I'm at about 2900 cu for most trips. My first pack was 4500 cu, and I still use one that big now and then.
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Old 07-01-2006, 10:55 AM
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Perkolady Perkolady is offline
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Quote:
Originally Posted by big_load
I'm at about 2900 cu for most trips.

Me too big_load.

During warmer weather, I take my 1800 cu. in., but I really don't go during warmer weather very often ! lol

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Old 07-01-2006, 10:57 AM
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I'd have to say between 2,000 and 3,000 for most trips - especially those that have no need for resupply (i.e. pack holds enough for time I'm out) and for those longer trips with adequate resupply points.

If I have to carry more water, food, ..., then I'll have to break out bigger brother (Catalyst).

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Old 07-01-2006, 12:24 PM
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I've taken treks of up to 3 weeks with my 3100ci pack but I would resupply my food along the way. I use this pack even for weekend trips but I just cinch up any extra space with the compression straps. The extra space is often used for my dogs supplies. I don't like to have them wear their own packs in the thick brush I often encounter. For one nighters in warmer weather I often use my 1,000ci Summit Attack Sack from EMS.
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Old 07-01-2006, 05:28 PM
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Quote:
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If I have to carry more water, food, ..., then I'll have to break out bigger brother (Catalyst).
Reality

I seem to have a rather LARGE family myself...

At least the younger "generation" watches its' weight!

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Old 07-01-2006, 05:46 PM
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My Kelty x-frame 4800 has seen the most activity as most of my trips have been base-camping/fishing trips.
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Old 07-01-2006, 06:36 PM
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I think my Mountainsmith Phantom is around 3300, but I almost never fill it up anymore since I started cutting my pack weight. As soon as I have the rest of my gear in place I will buy a new pack, right now its not too big a priority though. Relative to the other stuff in the pack at least. I'd still much rather buy a new pack than anything else. I've been eyeing the Ghosts on Sierra Trading Post, they're only $90 or so, but I really don't need it right now, so tempting though...:(

Adam
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Old 07-02-2006, 06:06 AM
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I bought Golite's Trek pack so I didn't have to put anything in a compression bag, which just adds more weight...I usually don't even need to bring stuff sacks for my bag or tent...the additions I made to the hipbelt have made it my pack of choice even if it's not full...I just winch it down...mine is a size small so it weighed less than 2 pounds originally...
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Old 07-02-2006, 09:58 AM
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Why was the the volume of 4000-5000 cu. in. not accounted for in the survey? ...or just 4,000+ cu in instead of 5K+?
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