I am starting my thru hike attempt of the AT on 3/26/14.
I am currently using a Golite Jam 50, and just received my HG 20 Phoenix and HG 20 burrow. I am very impressed with the quality of these quilts and the fast turn around time (9 business days to my door), but not so much on the customer service aspect. Adam is a great guy... when you can actually get a hold of him ... end rant!
Anyways my pack was working great with a different sleeping bag that I had. But with the added bulk of the new TQ and UQ, with 4 days of food the pack is stretched to its limits.
Here is my load out. What other pack options should I be looking at, What works for you with a similar load?
Loaded Pack (NO FOOD)- Base weight 16.4 lbs
Hammock - DIY 1.1 w/ Whoopie Slings & DIY Fronkey Bug Net, Tarp = HG standard w/ doors, Shepard Hook & D-VAC stakes. Dutch clips & buckles.
Clothing Carried- Zpacks Cuben Rain Jacket, Patagonia Down Sweater, Patagonia Houdini, Smartwool top & bottoms base layer, Nike Running shorts, Columbia T-Shirt, Darn Tough Socks x 2, Wool IQ socks, Under Armor Beanie, Buff, Sunglasses
Cook Kit (all stows in 1400)- Snowpeak 1400 (Handles Removed, Bail Added) , MLD 475 Mug, Trail Designs 12-10 stove, Ti pot stand
Ditty Bag - Repair, First Aid, Spare Water Bladder, Bug Net, ACE wrap, Mirror, Fire Start, Ear Plugs
Ditty Bag 2 - Headlamp, Marker, Gerber Multi-tool, Compass, Towel, Spoon, Cuben Pack cover, Sawyer Squeeze, Body Glide, Deet, Zinc Oxide
Bear Bag- Zpacks food bag, 50 ft Dynalglide, Hygene kit
Various- Electronics, TP, AT Guide, Hand Sanitzer
Other - Neo Air Short (Shelters,Smokies,Whites), Sit pad/foot pad, Polycro groundsheet
......and thats everything!! What do you think?
When summer comes and I switch out my 20 burrow for 50 burrow, and send some clothing home, I think the Jam would work wonderfully. But for winter, its packed FULL, and I'd like to have a little room to spare.