Author Topic: Right Size Rucksack  (Read 596 times)

hoffman

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #15 on: 08:48:00, 13/01/20 »
What rucksacks do other forum members recommend. Most shops generally have a limited variety to choose from and can be quite time consuming going from shop toshop

Owen

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #16 on: 09:22:11, 13/01/20 »
Lightwave, exped, osprey, ULA expensive, Atompack, very expensive.

MudMagnet

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #17 on: 10:18:28, 13/01/20 »
I use the Osprey Exos 48L for most of the year but if I need to pack extra I have the Montane Grand Tour 70L which is a really nice pack and has some excellent features.  Montane are worth a look. 
Most importantly enjoy your trip and I look forward to hearing how it went with whatever pack you choose.  As many have said, try them on, it's not a one size fits all decision, a bit like shoes.

sussamb

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #18 on: 10:22:54, 13/01/20 »
Don't forget Lowe Alpine.  Like Osprey they give a guarantee for life, which I know works as a minor strap broke on my older pack and they sent me a new pack having returned the old one.
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gunwharfman

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #19 on: 12:03:10, 13/01/20 »
I too use the Osprey 48L Exos. I find the carry system is very comfortable indeed. I was carrying a lot of weight (water) recently, more than my usual 8kg or so and my shoulders did start to feel a bit raw after a few hours. I solved the problem by just folding a sock under each shoulder strap for a while. I find the hip belt is a good one as well and by tightening and tweaking this, shoulder straps and chest strap I can get them to work very effectively and in harmony with each other.

I also have a Lightwave 50L but tweaking for comfort is not so easy to achieve, after a couple of days my shoulders do become sore and the sock trick with this rucksack is not so effective at all. I normally have to place and keep the socks in place for the whole walking day. I've no idea why one rucksack works in one way and the other one works so differently?

jimbob

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #20 on: 12:12:06, 13/01/20 »
Another vote for the Exos. As a day bag I use a Lidl backpack. It is comfortable enough, I use car seat belt pads (dirt cheap on ebay) on the waist straps cos they used to dig in a bit over the hip area.
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hoffman

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #21 on: 16:17:54, 13/01/20 »
I will look at Exos 48 and also if the 48 is a little restricted I will try the the Exos 58 there is not much difference in size and weight. I will keep an open mind until I have tried a few.


 In the past I have often taken too much stuff I do not use and have found what appears  ok for a few miles starts to feel tiring after a few miles more. I think taking clothing I never really use is the problem I have had

gunwharfman

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #22 on: 20:03:13, 13/01/20 »
If I was thinking about buying a new rucksack I personally would only consider an ultralightweight one, there is a good selection of ideas/reviews on www.outdoorgearlab.com. Although its a USA site I do find it a useful site, on their ultralight rucksacks section they do identify the Exos 48L as their 'best buy,' worth a read I think.

For me, too many of the rucksacks (in Cotswold and similar shops) are just too heavy to start with and often (as I see it) seem to be advertised for people who want to be looked at as 'macho men/women' or 'in style' which I don't to be and couldn't be anyway.

Lee R

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #23 on: 20:48:59, 13/01/20 »
I have an Osprey Kamber 42 - Pretty comfortable in all honesty & as already mentioned, lifetime guarantee.


On the other end of the scale, I bought my boy a Hi-Gear Nepal 65 mainly just to keep his telescope stuff in at home. But, last year he brought it on holiday with his clothes etc in & we used it for carrying to the beach with towels, clothes, food, bottles of drink etc Now, I appreciate going from the car park down to Durdle Door isn't like proper hiking but, it was very comfortable to wear in all honesty.....!


I guess I could be saying, just because something is a good make & expensive doesn't mean it's the best. But I am saying, try to go to a shop & try a bag out!

taxino8

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Re: Right Size Rucksack
« Reply #24 on: 21:40:51, 13/01/20 »
Iíve had a Lowe Alpine for about twenty years, I canít remember the name but it served me well but it was showing itís age so I went a bit mad last year and lashed out on these from Osprey.

Aether AG 70lt
Exos 58
Exos 38
They give me lots of options as well as allowing my wife to come with me now and again and carry a few bits and bobs.
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