Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Search For a New Backpack

So if you had the chance to read my Reavis Ranch via 109 South Loop post then you know I am in need of a new pack, if you have not...long story short is my Gregory Baltoro 65 pack was the wrong size and caused issues on our trip. So here are the packs that I have narrowed my decision to.

Here is the Gregory Baltoro 65 and some information on the bag.

Even after the fit issues I had with this bag, I still wanted to own it...granted in a smaller size. I headed in to REI, loaded the medium sized version with around 30 pounds of weight, and was disappointed that even the medium just did not fit my body comfortably. I wanted very much to love this bag as it offers some things that I truly like, for example, the day pack. What a great idea, make the water bladder sleeve removable and allow it to be used to hike a way from camp without needing to take the entire pack. In addition, Gregory now includes the rain fly with the Baltoro Packs which is nice.

Few Specs (Medium)
  • Volume: 65L
  • Weight: 5 lbs 1 oz
  • Torso: 18-20 in
  • Price: $299.00
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Next up is the Osprey Atmos 65 AG, this is actually the pack I had originally passed on to get the Baltoro. As I did with the Baltoro, I loaded it up with right around 30 pounds and meandered through REI, This pack was very comfortable, The AG (Anti-Gravity) system I really like, though this bag is a fixed hip and shoulder system which means the bag moves along with your body, unlike the Baltoro which moves independently. Not counting this bag out as I really like it.

Few Specs (Medium)
  • Volume: 65L
  • Weight: 4.37 lbs
  • Torso: 18-21 in
  • Price: $260.00
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Staying with the Osprey brand I tried the Osprey Aether 70, again another very comfortable pack, however, I need to make time to load this one up and try it out. One thing I like about this pack is that the hydration bladder sleeve is on the outside of the pack, this allows you to remove it without unpacking your main compartment. Great for filling from a stream while on the go.

Few Specs (Medium)
  • Volume: 70L
  • Weight: 4.92 lbs
  • Torso: 18-21 in
  • Price: $290.00
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And finally the Arc'teryx Altra 65, I have not had a chance to try on the bag, I have ordered it to have it delivered to REI so I can load it up and check it out. People rave about these bags so it will be interesting to see if they are worth the additional money. One complaint is the lack of axe/trekking pole loops, I have no idea why they left these off, however, it would appear to me that these would be a no-brainer to have on a pack.

Few Specs (Short/Regular)
  • Volume: 65L
  • Weight: 4.94 lbs
  • Torso: 16.5-20 in
  • Price: $449.00
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