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These are our work-horse packs that fit the needs of most of our customers - those going on casual weekend or longer backpacking trips. We carry several makes and models within this line, mostly models from Osprey and Deuter - top-quality brands that are durable and fit well as you rack up miles on the trail.
The packs in this series are designed for around 40 pounds of gear, but if packed carefully with a balanced load, can satisfactorily carry 50 or more pounds without stressing out too much. But, 40 pounds should be way more than enough to get you thru any common multi-day trip, especially in moderate weather when you don't have to carry so much in the way of extra clothes. I've been out for 8-day trips with these backpacks, and that included a space-eating bear canister. Most of our renters won't need anything bigger. This size pack is also our recommendation for international trips - for example, bouncing around Europe for a month or so.
Typical packs in this series are the Volt 60 from Osprey and the ActLite 65 from Deuter, if you want to check them out elsewhere online. These packs have a lot of comfortable padding, weigh in under 4 pounds or so and have a capacity of around 3500 -4000 cubic inches (mostly 60-70 liter range). What does that mean? These are all big enough for most multi-day adventures. Exceptions could include trips where you need to pack real heavy gear, a really big sleeping bag and additional warm clothing, or when one person is packing gear for several people. In those cases, consider renting a high-capacity pack instead. We also rent expedition packs when you need to take the kitchen sink. If you're not sure what specific items of gear will be best to take, check out our preset gear packages for easy one-selection shopping for different types of wilderness trips.
Most packs in this line have an adjustable shoulder harness, so the packs can be adjusted to most "torso lengths" unless you're really super tall or a child. What's a torso to a backpack? It's the length along your spine, starting at the top at your C7 vertebrae - that bone at the base of your neck that sticks out when you bend your head forward. Measure down your spine to a point on your lower back even with those hip bones that stick out and support your spare tire - the iliac crest is what that's called. It's tricky to measure yourself, so get a friend with a measuring tape to help you figure it out. For a picture/diagram of how to measure your torso, see here. As long as you're between 15 - 21 inches (most adults are)these packs should fit fine.
We also have a few packs available that are designed for women, although nearly all packs are reasonably unisex in comfort, form and function. We have some that will fit kids as well - call for details.
Learn more about backpacks, including the pros and cons of externals vs internals; info on fitting; how to load up with your gear and how to select the best pack for you. We also have a series of videos about backpacks. Or just give us a call at 480-348-8917 to ask any questions about the best backpack for your needs.
Note - this item has a high volume-to-weight ratio - that is, it may be light, but it eats up a lot of box space. Shipments including this item often require a bigger box and is subject to a rate surcharge by UPS, so the effective shipping weight calculated at checkout is higher than the actual weight. For some third-party user reviews of this and other gear we rent and sell, visit our backpacking and camping user gear review page.