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Old 02-14-2014, 05:57 PM
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Best Volume / Size Pack for Thruhike / Long Hikes

Please share, as best as you can (as at least a generalization) what size (volume) pack you (would) prefer for a thruhike or long backpacking trip. [For example: 3700 cubic inches, 60L,...]

It's understood that pack size has much to do with individual preference, gear carried, resupply points, and other factors. Simply share the size/volume (or range) that you'd prefer, based on your own personal preference.

If you'd like, feel free to share the brand and model too.


P.S. There's another thread and poll that has to do with most used pack volume that may be of some interest too.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:38 PM
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Backpack: Granite Gear Leopard 58 AC KI or Deuter Aircontact 50L
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I much prefer a large pack that isn't stuffed to the gills to a small pack that's overflowing. I don't like the feeling of an overstuffed pack and I don't like anything outside of my pack (i.e. sleeping pad inside).

So I use a 70L for 4+ days (yes, there's room left over) and a 50L for shorter or summer trips.

I understand some ultralight packs support weight better if they are full. My Deuters don't care!
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