May 30, 20185728 views

Interest Check: Outdoors & Ultralight Backpacks

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Hey guys,
We want to hear what Ultralight & Outdoors backpacks all of you are into. More specifically, what brands, types, and styles.
▶ What type of qualities do you look for in a backpack? ▶ Are there certain features that make most sense for you? ▶ What companies/brands do you think make the best products?
We’re always looking at posts and polls of suggestions, and we take this into account when we’re looking for products to put on the site. It doesn’t mean we can secure relationships with any brand of course, but it does mean we can try, and it gives us a better sense of the interests of the community. So let us know what you think and what suggestions you might have in the discussion.
Thanks!
See our other Interest Checks here:
· Jackets: www.massdrop.com/talk/7906/interest-check-outdoors-ultralight-jackets
· Shoes: www.massdrop.com/talk/8129/interest-check-outdoors-ultralight-shoes

We’ll be posting other Interest Checks for other categories so stay tuned. And feel free to share any polls you’ve created here so we can help more people see them.
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Philip Newlin, xZ77777777Zx, and 39 others
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Light, modular, and airline compliant for carry on. Ideally, a 40+L backpack that fits in the overhead after removing the modular attached top or bottom pack and slinging it on your shoulder as the “personal item” with the one carry on item as the main pack. I have been searching the outdoor outlets for something that fits that description for less than high three figures. Waterproof would be nice, so I could strap it on the back of my motorbike for a weekend trip. Most Norte Americano airlines have a 22 x14 x 9” standard for carry on. So the main pack would have to be squishable into that. My $.02. edit: CactusPete and VerdeDragon we think alike. I’ve been looking at the Mountainsmith models on REI outlet but have not found one that fits all criteria.
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Kermudjin
Exactly what I have in mind. Why is it so hard to find a pack like that?
Zpacks Arc packs please
I have enough packs for 24-48 hours, but I am still interested in 10-21 days and looking at Kifaru Hill People gear along with others already mentioned
3 brands that made up of all my different backpacks systems. 1 Karrimor SF 80-130 Prediator 2 Mystery Ranch Urban Assult, Glacier70L, Scree & Marshall 105L 3 Granite Gear Blaze 60, Crown 2 , Nambis 80L 4 Sotech Go bags with different sizes for covert weapon (AR) transportation. I want my kits always ready for tough terrains & Long lasting ! So UL backpacks to me, they just can’t take the abuses that I will be getting through in the nature ! UL packs are just .......Absolutely waste of time n materials in my applications
Would love to see an ultralight pack made with a Waterproof X-PAC Fabric. (And really be waterproof, so no extra bag cover is needed. Waterproof zippers if needed too. I mean waterproof for heavy rain, and if sitting on wet ground). - Sub 3lb, - Comfortable with 30lb if possible, - 40+ liters in main pack, - Airline Carry-On sized, if possible, - Hip Belt and Some sort of internal frame
CactusPete
Have you looked at Mountainsmith packs? I just picked up Scream 50. Pretty comfortable and lightweight. I like the front access too.
I am a cyclist/hiker and I want something adaptable. It doesnt sound hard to come by, but it is hard to find something that does both jobs right. I want something Lightweight, hydration compatible, around 40L, removable belt for cycling light, extra stowage in a stuf pocket, along with extra straps for bedroll/modular pouches etc. For hiking and camping. I use a kelty riot (22l) and it's a great day pack, but it could use some straps or loops on the bottom. The closest I've come to what I want is the kelty redwing, but it doesnt have enough capability to carry other things. I'd like straps on the bottom and a crown on top, or else straps that I can tie a bedroll onto if i want to go hiking.
Women's xs/s, less than 1kg weight, 40-45l, with measurements that would allow carry- on if tightened. Detachable hip belt, good-sized easily reached belt pockets (Ospreys downfall), top pocket to be used as daypack, good stretch pockets and removable attachment loops.
I want something that's light and i could use it also as a carry-on baggage on air-plains too. So the frame shouldt be too big in it.
After humping 90+ pounds over mountains in a couple different countries with a gun, I got into UL and found KUIU...
I would love to see a deal for Gossamer Gear, Waymark, or Z-Packs bags or more from Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks. I couldn't see myself purchasing a bag over 50L. Unisex packs would be ideal so that I could purchase it for either of us depending on our needs at the time of the drop or so that we could switch packs as needed for different trips.
Pack weight less than 2.5lbs. With ventilation, hip belt pockets, volume of 50L plus or minus, and comfortable at 25. Very few UL have ventilation, those that do have tiny hip belt pockets. I find most UL cottage packs look the same. Basically An Arc blast at an Exos price. Seems reasonable given the 1 year vs lifetime warranty
Really wish you'd do a drop on either the ULA Catalyst or the SD Flex Capacitor. Something that will comfortably manage just that little bit more weight and volume than usual.
Gregory Baltoro 65, Osprey Atmos 65, Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor, Osprey Aether
Osprey and their lightweight options (+50 l) 🙌
Love Osprey packs.
A lot of people have mentioned this stuff but i will add. 1) Flex capacitor type internal frame. Maybe even a sierra design massdrop run? 2) smaller torso sizes 3) 35 # limit 4) side water bottle access without taking pack off. 5) 60 L with flexibility to lower volume via compression or “brain” concept. 6) $150 zone :)
Bring back the Kelty redwing! I'd also like to see something with molle compatibility
Smallchangerain
The Kelty Redwing is still here (in Europe at least)
Crown 2 38, with massdrop improvements. :)
subbarao
Long crown38
Restock the crown, also drop an ULA
Osprey Exos 48. Comfort. Durability. Being able to reach a water bottle in the side pocket. Wish the hip belt was beefier and the belt pockets bigger. Otherwise, love it!
I am interested in Gregory backpacks
The EXO mountain gear K5500 is the best pack I have ever owned.
Restock the crown2 in regular!
dlaw7
Please
Looking for a bigger pack, 50 to 60L. ULW. For women. Side pockets, raincover included
Any have a osprey porter that they use for long term traveling?
Trigama3
Have an osprey shuttle which replaced my old Osprey Meridian.
Personally I’m pining after the Kifaru 14’r as my 3-5 day pack...I’d love a smaller, lighter less bombproof-ish version as a day pack just with cleaner lines, lighter nylon, more everyday life friendly interior organization etc. Yeah, the “civilian” version of a small 14’r basically 😏
for day hikes, I don’t really care, any old bag will do. For backpacking I like my pack to be able to handle different types of scenarios I may be backpacking in. I am in California and I often have to carry extra water or a bear cannister which means many of the ultralight bags do not work well for me. I am also a tent camper and carry a little extra weight due to using a tent. Comfort is very important to me. Specifically comfort up to 40 lbs. I am looking at buying a zpacks arc haul or zip currently. I do not like packs which do not have a rigid suspension of some kind. I do not pack truly ultralight and will often bring my helinox chair zero. I like to buy ultralight gear to help offset any extra weight I might bring.
I’d love to see some quality external frame packs with 30-60L volume. Seems like they’re hard to find now. I also like lots of pockets and durable material.
Comfort with 35-pound load durable, with a good warranty fairly lightweight, preferably under 4 lb. adjustable (or multiple sizes available) for range of waist size and frame length We love our Ospreys. I would also be interested in My Trail Co or a cottage brand that uses Dyneema fabric (Cuben fiber).
Osprey, Mystery Ranch 30-40L Water bottle pocket(s), hip belt pockets, trekking pole attachment Worry free durability