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Recommendation - a travel pack you can hike with?

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1. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Hi travellers -

Hope this is not a redundant pack question but after many searches I've come up blank.

I will be touring Asia, Europe and S. America in the Spring '07. Most of my destinations are cities and towns but hiking the Circuit de Montblanc (~100 miles/12 days) and Machu Pichu/Inca Trail (5-7 days) are part of the plan. I'd like to travel light and am hoping to pack simple enough for Carry-on. Most of the travel packs I've seen at REI and Adventure 16 are fine for city-strolling but I'm not sure they're sufficiently comfortable for high altitude trails where a day's hike might be 10-12 miles with steep elevation gain/loss. Since I will be hiking with a trekking outfit, I'm not required to carry heavy gears like tent, food... but even a light pack of 20 pounds at 9000 feet can be a pain if it doesn't ride comfortably.

If you've done such a trip where it involved city travel and long treks in the wilderness, how did you manage your pack? What pack did you use or recommend?

Hope you guys can help me out.

Niki

2. Posted by mikeym (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

I went at it from the other direction. I use a large hiking daypack for travel, the REI Lookout. I've been very happy with it.

3. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

I stopped by REI and tried on the Lookout. It's actually a very good size daypack. I didn't browse through the others but I think it's the only one that has a panel-zip access. Just wish it was around 3500ci but I'll see if I can fit everything in. So do you use a separate, smaller daypack or do you always carry the your Lookout?

Thanks for the input.

4. Posted by mikeym (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Yes, I take a separate daypack for walking around during the day. It's also nice to have when I end up with too much food or water and temporarily have too much stuff for the Lookout.

I was originally looking for a slightly larger pack, but the Lookout turns out to be a nice size. Mine is the 2700 cubic inch size, and it fits much more than I originally expected.

You might also want to look at the Kelty Redwing packs, which are panel-loading and a little larger than the Lookout. I found the shoulder straps to be very uncomfortable when it was weighted down, but they might be OK for you. REI has beanbag weights you can use to test out the packs.

Mike

5. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeym

Yes, I take a separate daypack for walking around during the day. It's also nice to have when I end up with too much food or water and temporarily have too much stuff for the Lookout.

I was originally looking for a slightly larger pack, but the Lookout turns out to be a nice size. Mine is the 2700 cubic inch size, and it fits much more than I originally expected.

You might also want to look at the Kelty Redwing packs, which are panel-loading and a little larger than the Lookout. I found the shoulder straps to be very uncomfortable when it was weighted down, but they might be OK for you. REI has beanbag weights you can use to test out the packs.

Mike

I was just at REI again and spent more time browsing and testing various packs. I A/B tested the Redwing and the Lookout and liked the latter more as it felt more comfortable with a 20 pound load. I also have a lightweight 1000 ci daypack (REI UL Flash) that weighs 10 oz. Together they may turn out to be a good combo.

Thanks for your input.

6. Posted by mikeym (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Quoting Dezafinado

I also have a lightweight 1000 ci daypack (REI UL Flash) that weighs 10 oz. Together they may turn out to be a good combo.

Hey, I've got that daypack too! :)