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Old 05-16-2019, 12:18 AM   #1
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Day Pack Size

I am wondering which you prefer, a lightweight but full size backpack for a long day hike with elevation, or a smaller day pack. Each carrying the same amount of stuff.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:54 AM   #2
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I like a larger pack for day hikes - people use one like mine for 3 day trips. It is a Kelty Redwing (2900 volume?) but I am a big guy rain gear etc. takes up space and on longer hikes i will bring over a gallon of water. Plus, my wife is smaller so I end up playing pack mule.

Only time it bugs me is when I am tired and have to climb under those horizontal trees that block the trail. But with my 46 behind me and only a few that I want to climb one more time, I have switched to a Mountainsmith fanny pack. It's the cat's ass for shorter hikes. Love it.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:35 AM   #3
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I use the same 32L pack for both winter & summer. In the summer, I carry all my water - should you decide to filter your own water a much smaller pack would make sense. Also, like the previous poster, I sometimes end up carrying my wife's stuff.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:16 PM   #4
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i use a 20l backpack for most of my outings
for all my day trips and even for some quick overnighters with hammock/tarp
features i like in my 20l pack, waist/chest straps , helps tighten/secure it when fully loaded
also underbag and side straps for jacket/sweater/ground cloth, etc..
as a daily bag, good top handle is nice for grabbing and tossing it about especially in/out of the car and such

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Old 05-16-2019, 12:42 PM   #5
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I have an old external frame pack for camping or carrying the canoe, but last year when I was planning a day trip from Indian Lake over Watch hill, up Snowy and back I bought a very small backpack that was quite cheap, and it worked great. The little pack only weighs a few ounces empty, and since all I needed to carry was some food, warmer clothes, emergency blankets, a map and a water filter bottle it was plenty big enough. My frame pack weighs a lot more empty and is more constricting to wear, with the hip belt and all.
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:54 PM   #6
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Summer: 24-28 liters.
Winter: 40. I like a big pack in winter because in the cold it's easier to stuff bulky clothes into with mittened hands.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:51 PM   #7
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Winter 32L Osprey Kamber
Otherwise 22L Osprey Talon
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:34 PM   #8
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The last several years, an Osprey 32L Escapist.
But it's like shoes -- different times, different brands. Though I do seem to have had more Osprey packs in the last decade.
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