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Old 03-31-2014, 10:37 AM
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Buying pack first or last?

Question regarding the purchase of a backpack, when building a first/new gear list? The only "real" piece of gear I have is a tent (Ledge Scorpion 2p (~5lbs; I know, pretty hefty...).

Should I plan on purchasing a large, comfortable pack first, and then build my gear list, making adjustments that will fit in? or gather the rest of my gear (sleeping bag, pad, cook set, etc) first, determine the volume I'm at, and then find a large enough pack to hold it all?

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Old 03-31-2014, 11:14 AM
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The general thinking on this is to gather your gear, then get a pack that best suits the load that y NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:21 PM
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Conventional wisdom (not so wise?): You don't have to succumb the adage that if you buy a big NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:30 PM
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:40 PM
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I also agree that it's better not overfill a pack...but that said, most beginners tend to look at a NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:30 PM
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...and if you find an awesome deal on a pack that fits your probable criteria for size, weight, and NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:02 PM
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Well, if you're like most beginners, what your preferences are a few years from now will be differen NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:07 PM
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Thanks for the insight. Sound like the general idea is to gather most of the gear first, then plan NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:04 PM
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i bought both cheap and over-sized. it was a killer price on a pack that's turned out to be a fantas NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:50 PM
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I guess I can offer an alternative viewpoint...not an argument opposed to what has already been offe NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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