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    For those ultralight backpackers . . .

    Which packs do you use?

    As many may know, I ordered a warbonnet blackbird 1.7 double = 30 oz.

    Which means the big 3 (hammock, tarp, and quilts) are going to put me between 4-5 pounds. Trying to keep my base weight under 13lbs.

    So my questions are:

    What packs do you use for day hikes? Over-nighter? Weekend? and weeklong?

    I have the original jam but it has zero suspension and can become uncomfortable - hence the question and desire for suggestions.

    Cheers - C

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    I love my ULA packs! I've got a Catalyst and a Conduit. The former for multi-day hikes and the latter for one or two nights out in the woods.

    For day hikes, I've been using an el cheapo pack from REI. I can't find it on their site to give you the name, but it's similar to the Stoke 9 and was only about $25. It's small and looks pretty funny on a fella my size, but it is comfortable, carries what I need, and seems to be quite durable. Oh, and it collapses down into a built in stuff sack. Useless, but cool none the less.
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    Depending on the gear you have, in addition to your big three, you could use packs from any of these vendors for day to multi-day trips. I really like the ULA packs, but do have to admit my next multiday pack may be the MLD 2009 Prophet.

    http://www.ula-equipment.com/

    http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/shop/index.php

    http://www.gossamergear.com/cgi-bin/...ck_matrix.html

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    My needs are pretty basic when i backpack.

    Most of the time I don't even carry a stove. Also, keep in mind i'm in south Texas so I don't carry much if any cold weather clothes.

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    I don't consider myself an ultralighter, but I do carry about 15lbs with food and water for a 3 day trip. I have a Fanatic Fringe Thompson Peak pack. I think it is great.

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    Cannibal maybe talking about the "Flash" pack
    Counselor, what if anything are you using as a pack frame (ie: folded pad, rolled pad, nothing at all..)

    I have a Jam, a Jam2, a cuben Blast, and an ION. They all find a way to pack my gear.
    I have also used: Miniposa, Starlight, Amp, Comet, ActLite 45, and a Bora 65 (back in the day)
    my winter pack is <8lbs usually, my summer can be as low as 3lbs.
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    I agree with the ULA crowd. I have a Catalyst and love it. You could go with the smaller Conduit. Light, roomy and American made by a cottage industry guy. Terrific service as well!
    you cannot go wrong. And they are affordable.
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    with the jam previously it was my rolled pad. Now with the switch to a hammock i'm pad less.

    this is my concern i'm frameless with the jam and it sucks when the weight gets high.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinfhaz View Post
    Cannibal maybe talking about the "Flash" pack
    Counselor, what if anything are you using as a pack frame (ie: folded pad, rolled pad, nothing at all..)

    I have a Jam, a Jam2, a cuben Blast, and an ION. They all find a way to pack my gear.
    I have also used: Miniposa, Starlight, Amp, Comet, ActLite 45, and a Bora 65 (back in the day)
    my winter pack is <8lbs usually, my summer can be as low as 3lbs.

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    It may be premature to expect to be padless. Most people use a pad in warmer weather wherean underquilt would simply be too much.
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    perhaps - I was planning on going with a neat sheet as an UQ.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    It may be premature to expect to be padless. Most people use a pad in warmer weather wherean underquilt would simply be too much.
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