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How many backpacks do you have?

Postby andreoz » Mon 13 Feb, 2017 3:50 pm

Hello everyone

I am trying to figure out how many different sizes of backpacks I need. I am actually thinking of getting a 40 and a 50 litre ones. I already have a 20.

And you guys? How many do you have? When do you use them?

I saw there is a brand called Quecha from a website decathlon.com.au have you ever heard that brand before?

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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby taipan821 » Mon 13 Feb, 2017 3:57 pm

18L Day pack...Used in conjunction with a harness rig for SES searches
45L pack...spare pack, long day hikes, quick overnights
50L pack...my go to hiking pack
110L Large Alice Pack...when I have to hump stuff in (amateur radio, large first aid kits, team gear, ropes etc)
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby eggs » Mon 13 Feb, 2017 4:24 pm

My wife says too many..[but she has another 2]
a Macpac 30L used for regular training walks and day walks,
a Macpac 40L only used so far for Overseas travel,
a new 60L Klymit which is a tight squeeze for me at the moment - but a work in progress [Used for a 3 day hike in the Vic Alps when combined with my detachable Karijini lid for a little extra space];
and my "go-to" bag - a 95L Karijini weighing in at 3.2kg.
I also have a really old basic canvas pack that was frameless and made for rock climbers, probably around the 65L mark. Great weight and basically indestructible, but really needs a chest strap added so I can perch a camera bag in front.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby whitefang » Mon 13 Feb, 2017 5:48 pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Core 22L for day hikes
Osprey Talon 33 for travelling, but not hiking
Osprey Exos 48 for overnight and multi-day hikes.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Suz » Mon 13 Feb, 2017 6:32 pm

2 x 20ltr S2S dry day packs
1 x 30ltr osprey tempest
1 x 60ltr gossamer gear mariposa
1 x 70ltr ye olde Kathmandu interloper gluon
1 x 70-80ltr osprey pack maybe in the near future?? Waitin for a good deal on an Ariel or xena.

Kinda scary when you think about it ---and I actually always tend to think that I do not have enough packs!
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Suz » Mon 13 Feb, 2017 6:35 pm

Btw yes I have heard of Quechua...I'm sure I've seen people with them...can't quite remember where.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Walk_fat boy_walk » Mon 13 Feb, 2017 7:25 pm

3 that I use regularly: an osprey day pack, ULA ohm for up to a few days and OP WBA for longer or rougher trips. Like most people also have s2s ultra sil daypacks for side trips. Also have an old Cascade 75L that I don't use anymore and will probably give away

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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby wayno » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 5:26 am

Litres
5 - salewa bumb bag, short walks cool weather
7 macpac 24hr Amp. summer half day walks
14 - lowe alpine eclipse - longer day walks, cooler weather
18 - black diamond, (discontinued) holiday, flying, travel pack
22 - black diamond, nitro bad weather, half day walks
30 - waterproof, vaude, heavy rain day walks
35 - lowe alpine eclipse bad weather long day walks
45 - black diamond (discontinued)- long day walk, winter / overnight summer
60 - black diamond infinity (discontinued). overnight, warmer weather multi day
75 - black diamond mercury - multi day cooler weather
90 - macpac, cascade, multi day winter
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby norts » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 11:06 am

6 overnight packs
Karrimor External Frame- model name has faded
Katmandu Vanguard
Wilderness Equipment Expedition 2 - when I am the pack horse
Macpac Ravine -got to pack for Tassie
Exped Lightning 60 - training pack - falling apart
ULA Catalyst - thru hiking pack
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 5:21 pm

To the OP. Getting one of 40 and 50L packs is probably unnecessary. There's not much difference in them. For many, the multiple packs often related to the particular style and design than the capacity, one that particularly suited certain intended use. So suggest you think about your applications before thinking about the number of packs. The 50L pack can easily be used for 40L purpose.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Neo » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 6:16 pm

Good point there on the 40+50L similarity GPS.

Its hard to determine the volume if you lay out all your gear and look at it, with big variables depending on what you've got so pick a 50?

In my limited experience I can fit my 2 night mild weather gear in a 34L with the tent strapped on the bottom of the pack.


I have an Osprey Meridian 60L (40+20) for traveling. Wheels and handle and backpack harness (thought that might be handy but usually take it out to fit more in). Also the 40L part alone can count as carry-on if they are not checking weight.

Osprey Stratos 34L for long day walk or 2 nighters.

STS ultrasil 20L have used as carry-on and take as a spare.

Camelbak MULE about 11L plus 3L bladder for day walks and also used as carry-on.

On my wishlist before winter is an Exped Lightning 45L which should give me an extra 11L of space for winter gear and/or more food. Id only go bigger if i was looking at 1 week plus no resupply.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby nq111 » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 7:50 pm

Black Diamond Mercury 75 (big trips)
Osprey Kestrel 38 (day trips, some overnights, family gear for urban daytrips on holiday and kid's swimming lessons :D )

Not sure I need anything else?
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby That_Asian_Bloke » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 9:01 pm

Me:
Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre 65:85
Osprey Atmos AG50
Osprey Manta AG36
Arc'teryx Miura S15
Camelbak MULE

The Missus:
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Boreas Tsum Trek
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Osprey Raptor
Camelbak MULE
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Moondog55 » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 9:08 pm

Didn't we do this last year too?
Anyway I can't answer as Cecile sometimes reads these threads and I seem to have accumulated a couple more museum pieces since last year
Does the number include retired packs and repairs in progress? Because I also have quite a few of those also
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby wallwombat » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 9:51 pm

Black Diamond Bullet 16L
Lowepro Photosport 25L
Osprey Exposure 36L
Osprey Exos 48L
Golite Quest 70L
Wilderness Equipment Mountain Expedition 110L

I think that pretty much covers any amount of stuff that I would ever carry.

If I had to pick a favourite, it would probably be the Golite.

I have forbidden myself from buying any more packs.


And I still have my old Lowe Alpine Troilet 80L that I saved up for and bought in 1982, when I was 13. I haven't had the heart to get rid of it. It cost me $148.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 10:08 am

I wish I still had my own old Triolet, but it wore out and I sold it in a garage sale.
To answer the original query
20 litres is a good around town and good weather day pack size.
30 to 35 for cold weather day trips
Mountain walking or skiing I always recommend something around 35 to 45 litres for the white season
Overnite/weekends that 35 to 45 litres is doable; especially if you have add-on pockets/pouches as I do.
Long good weather touring with room for all the needed stuff 60 to 75
Winter I use a 110 litre pack [ WE Alpine Expedition Large] and sometimes add all the external pockets [1* 8litres + 3 * 5litres] and the throat extension bumping it right up to about 155 litres at which weight and volume it is very hard for me to carry let alone ski with, but doable for short distances to set up a base camp
Ultralighters can knock 20% off those volumes for short trips; especially if the weather is kind and stable but at a higher cost in new UL gear

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Just remember you can carry a small amount of gear in a big pack [ with discipline of course] but it is difficult to carry a large amount of gear in a small pack :mrgreen:
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby johnw » Thu 16 Feb, 2017 9:14 pm

Too many, probably exacerbated because I rarely seem to get rid of anything.
72 litre GoLite Pinnacle for anything overnight or longer.
42 litre WE Contour largish daypack, my go to pack for many things. Currently travelling with me in NZ.
32 litre Aarn Natural Exhilaration that currently doesn't get a lot of use.
Camelbak MULE mainly for MTB rides now and then.
Older 30 litre Berghaus Dart 30, well worn but still gets occasional use.
20 litre Deuter Speedlite 20 day pack becoming my go to for fast and light day trips.
Carribee compact expandable daypack, sometimes quite useful.
15 litre small Black Wolf day pack now semi retired.
4 different portable pocket packs for travel and other uses.
2 large bum bags, each big enough for minimalist day walks.
1 large White Mountain bum bag that converts to a 20 litre daypack.
3 smaller bum bags.

Not mentioning the High Sierra pack I commute to the office with and the spare one of those.

My thoughts - Look for something 65 litres plus, robust but reasonably lightweight, for anything overnight or longer. If you are planning big snow trips you probably need a bigger pack. A larger daypack, 30 litres plus, is useful for day walks where more gear needs to be carried - alpine, really cold, wet etc. You might also be able to judiciously use it for lightweight overnight trips. Something light around 20 litres is usually good for a wide range of other day trips.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby andrewa » Thu 16 Feb, 2017 11:00 pm

Ha! Lots. I make them myself for specific purposes - eg ski touring/ packrafting/ ultralight overnight/daypack etc. and we have 4 kids who variously want to come bushwalking , so there are many in our household.

Moondog, I have an old Triolet - they were good in their time, but the padding in the lumbar area, and the shoulder straps can be much better.

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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Orion » Fri 17 Feb, 2017 8:08 am

I've got just three, not counting smaller packs for day walks. Sometimes a large daypack works fine for an 1-2 night trip though. I've got a pack dedicated for rock climbing gear and also a haulbag, but neither of those are really appropriate for walks.

For bushwalking I have a 40-45L lightweight pack (600g) for most summer trips.
And then I have two really old 65 liter packs which I use for longer trips and in the winter.

Both of the 65L packs are old. One is twenty years old and has been falling apart for years. It is patched and duct taped and repaired on top of repairs. Recently it ripped in a new and very disturbing way and I had to retire it. The other pack is made of tougher fabric but is thirty years old. It's also in bad shape.

I can afford to buy a new pack but in the last fifteen years of looking I have not been able to find one that I like. Now I'm forced to buy one -- or make my own. I still can't find one that I like so I will be starting down the rabbit hole of pack making soon. Alternatively I may choose to utilize parts of the twenty year old pack that are still okay (the back and frame section) and replace all of the badly UV damaged fabric and straps. That's still a lot of work but probably easier than making a pack from scratch.

Anyway, practically speaking I really only need two multi-day sized packs: roughly 45L and 65L.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby cajun » Fri 17 Feb, 2017 10:53 am

Gotta love equipment sports :-)

Aarn Marathon Magic 22l - My go to day pack for bushwalking - I love the accessibility of the front pockets.
Osprey 10l - Mainly for my wife for bushwalks, but I take it on longish urban walks 10ks + (wet weather gear and water for both of us).
Deuter Giga Bike 23l - Take to work / travel pack.

We are yet to get into overnight trips, so the whole 60l+ pack thing is yet to be explored.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby benjabimon » Fri 17 Feb, 2017 1:10 pm

Too many! Oh the shame!! :( :( :(
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby andreoz » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 10:06 am

Well, I'm glad you guys posted your ideas! Thank you all. So I understood I should probably get a 45-50 and it should be good enough. Also guys, forgive me, I forgot to mention I have a 70+10 already. I'm sorry :) my bad!
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Fozzie67 » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 10:23 am

2
My goto long hike pack Osprey Aether 70
And short hikes Osprey Kestrel 38
Both great packs


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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 11:01 am

If you already have a 70+ pack them I would go smaller rather than larger, so something in the 35 to 45 range
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby GregR » Thu 23 Feb, 2017 10:15 am

benjabimon wrote:Too many! Oh the shame!! :( :( :(
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby ofuros » Thu 23 Feb, 2017 11:36 am

3x Camelbaks or similar, 1 used for work & the other2 for
early morning/night fitness walks around my local streets
& forests/reserves.
3x 50 litre packs for day, overnighters & multi-day walks.
I like hip belted packs for my day walks.
1x large Polar pack from One planet for extended walks
or bulky items.

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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby South_Aussie_Hiker » Fri 24 Feb, 2017 10:22 am

Have just two
- ULA Circuit
- Sea to Summit waterproof daypack

Used to own a Deuter Air Contact 55+10. Was a great pack, had bottom opening and very well built. But just too heavy at 2.5kg.

My wife has a ULA Circuit and a Deuter Air Contact 60+10. She just tried the ULA for the first time last week (7 day trip) and said she'll never go back to the heavy, traditional type pack.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby loganator » Sun 26 Feb, 2017 9:05 am

Everki laptop pack for day trips.
Cheap eBay 100ltr pack when I started out and for training purposes.
Karrimor sf 60-100 for its heavy duty properties and size. It's my go to pack.
Ula epic for when I travelled to Alaska and when I'm concerned about weight.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby Mark F » Mon 27 Feb, 2017 9:20 pm

Decathlon is a large french chain and Quecha is their house brand. I had not realised they had started a au branch. They are a bit like Anaconda/Kathmandu without the super ridiculous retail prices, reasonable gear for occasional use but not top end.
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Re: How many backpacks do you have?

Postby rurik » Tue 28 Feb, 2017 3:12 pm

I have two camelbaks, one 25l one which is my day pack/goto bag for getting about. The other is 42 litres which I use for a daypack at the snow and 1-2nigh bag during summer. I have a 48l pack for summer use but I got that cheap when a camping shop was closing and it will probably get more use from my daughters. I have a 60l seatek warhorse pack for multi day walking and my old Alice pack from being in the army which doesn't see use these days but probly will when I get into multi day BC XC skiing.


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