Daysack recommendations for less money, lightweight, etc.

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Paul_B

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I've got rucksacks of many types but I'm not happy with any of them for several reasons. I'm thinking of buying a new one but have no idea any more. I've no idea if what I need and I've got too many other expenses since moving house this year to spend much money. I'm 6'5" tall, I'm looking for a lightweight sack that I can use and my 5'5" tall partner can use. About 25-30 daysack sized. Family, local walks. Ideally less than £100 and a lot less of possible. I like good chest strap as I find shoulder straps move out if there's no chest strap.

My menagerie of rucksacks consist of:-

  • Innov8 32litre running pack- broken chest strap and no frame plus it's fit holes in mesh pockets. Used in the past as my point weekend pack and my current day pack.
  • Alpkit Gourdon used as pack for work
  • Aiguille Alpine custom pack made longer for my back length for backpacking. Used very little as frame bar was put in wrong way around and hurt. I found that out after I no longer needed it. Volume of base sack was similar to a 45 litre alpine sack but back length probably increased it to 60/65 litres.
  • Berghaus extrem alpine 50 litres +15 litre overpack. Amazing backpacking sack in alpine style that's 1100g empty but carries up to 28 kg as comfortably as it can be but I've got down to 4-5kg base load kit with it. Very, very stable fully loaded. I've scrambled grade 2 or 3 star with full camping kit with it.
  • Berghaus day sack in the old style side pockets and squat shape,
  • 10 or 15 litre running pack.
Out of those i only really like the berghaus extrem alpine but it's too big. The AA sack is like new but too big and very basic. I like side pockets accessible on the move for water bottles. I like mesh pockets on the back to stuff things in.

Anyone know of a good 25 to 30 litre daysack that's got the pockets, good hip belt, good chest strap, light and stable carry? Anything available in the UK and not too expensive. There's some good ones but you're talking best part of £200!!!
 

Billy-o

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Mystery Ranch In and Out :) I got a couple. One for here, one for there.

(Eeek! I just saw the UK price).
 

Erbswurst

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Mar 5, 2018
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I doubt that somebody makes so small packs with hip belt that would fit both of you perfectly. The market for such solutions is too small in my opinion.

The easiest would be to look for a taller partner. But the most options you get if you shrink a bit.
 
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Broch

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Do you mean 'hip belt' - i.e. to take the weight on your hip; or do you mean 'waist belt' that just stops the bag moving around too much. If the former, I have to agree with Erbswurst. If the latter see the discussion here:

 

Paul_B

Bushcrafter through and through
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Latter. I call them all hipbelts despite not many packs reaching my hips anyway. Even my old backpacking sack made by karrimor back when they were still good. A good 65 litres capacity and I could never get it to support the weight on the hips as is advised.

You should see my custom sack. I wasn't their tallest customer by 4" I believe but you'll probably not see a fixed hippest sack quite as long in the back.

Some get close enough even in lower volume sacks. My innov8 sack is long and thin so almost hits the spot despite being only 32 litres. Used to call such taller and thinner sack alpine sacks back in the day. Clean lines and one void accessed from the top. Never got on with the upper and lower section bags. The feature was wasted on me and I prefer the sleeping bag to be compressed at least in part by everything above it.
 

JonathanD

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Have a look at the 5.11 Rush 12

 
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nigelp

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You could look for a second hand Osprey Talon. They have adjustable back sizes but only within the parameters of the actual pack size. I’m 165cm and use a small/medium. You would likely need a large. The small/medium on its largest/longest setting would be too small for you. The back length adjusts to position the hip belt correctly.
 

Erbswurst

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For your wife a Essl RU 502 could be interesting. It's made of polyester, that's why it's so cheap. But it's allowed to use in the Austrian army although not issued.

I suggest to call Essl directly and ask about the body size, for you the slightly taller and larger RU5026 might be an option.

RU 502 has 34 litres
RU 5026 has more than 40 litres

But that's including the side pouches etc.
The main compartments are smaller, and empty pockets do not matter.

;)



At the Essl homepage you can see the other colours. But it's only in German.
 

SaraR

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Mar 25, 2017
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I've got rucksacks of many types but I'm not happy with any of them for several reasons. I'm thinking of buying a new one but have no idea any more. I've no idea if what I need and I've got too many other expenses since moving house this year to spend much money. I'm 6'5" tall, I'm looking for a lightweight sack that I can use and my 5'5" tall partner can use. About 25-30 daysack sized. Family, local walks. Ideally less than £100 and a lot less of possible. I like good chest strap as I find shoulder straps move out if there's no chest strap.

My menagerie of rucksacks consist of:-

  • Innov8 32litre running pack- broken chest strap and no frame plus it's fit holes in mesh pockets. Used in the past as my point weekend pack and my current day pack.
  • Alpkit Gourdon used as pack for work
  • Aiguille Alpine custom pack made longer for my back length for backpacking. Used very little as frame bar was put in wrong way around and hurt. I found that out after I no longer needed it. Volume of base sack was similar to a 45 litre alpine sack but back length probably increased it to 60/65 litres.
  • Berghaus extrem alpine 50 litres +15 litre overpack. Amazing backpacking sack in alpine style that's 1100g empty but carries up to 28 kg as comfortably as it can be but I've got down to 4-5kg base load kit with it. Very, very stable fully loaded. I've scrambled grade 2 or 3 star with full camping kit with it.
  • Berghaus day sack in the old style side pockets and squat shape,
  • 10 or 15 litre running pack.
Out of those i only really like the berghaus extrem alpine but it's too big. The AA sack is like new but too big and very basic. I like side pockets accessible on the move for water bottles. I like mesh pockets on the back to stuff things in.

Anyone know of a good 25 to 30 litre daysack that's got the pockets, good hip belt, good chest strap, light and stable carry? Anything available in the UK and not too expensive. There's some good ones but you're talking best part of £200!!!
I think it would be a lot easier for you if you got one backpack each, seeing as you are so different in size.
 

Erbswurst

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Mar 5, 2018
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The Ortlieb Gear - Pack is adjustable in the back length. I have no idea where are the limits. But that's a relatively new construction and also Germans can become tall.

Very long lasting, made in Germany.

There is a different design, the Ortlieb Atrack.
I have no idea how practical that is.

Both are waterproof. Really waterproof.
 

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