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Old 07-19-2008, 10:02 PM   #1
 
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Im just trying to get an idea of the packs you guys and gals are useing. Im looking to downgrade in size from the pack I have now. I cant believe how stressed looking for pack is for me. Ive been looking for a new one now for about 2 months. But I cant find anything comfortable in the 75-80L packs.

I currently have a Kifaru military pack that is 123L with 2 1050L external pouches and a few other pouches. In other words this pack is HUGE... Ive used this on my last backpacking trip through Europe. It is very comfortable and very easy to carry 80-90LBS for very long periods of time. The problem I have is that its huge... and bothersome to deal with when not useing it. For me that enough to downgrade...

If anyone has any suggestions....

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My Eagle Creek bag is pretty comfy. It is now discontinued: the transcontinental journey. They have a Grand Voyage or something similar for a bit more and it is something like 90L instead of 85.

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Mine is a Deuter Aircontact 60+10 female fit. I find it comfortable and convenient, with its openings on both sides (top and bottom).

When I was looking for my backpack, I remember the salesclerk adjusted all the settings to everything I was trying. Did you have someone helping you with them ?
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The pack I used to travel Europe and South America is a 65L Black Wolf pack. I wouldn't recommend Black Wolf packs, they aren't the best quality or the most comfortable things, but 65L was a great size.
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Perhaps it is the method of packing you are using. Are you trying things like vacuum sealed bags (the type that you roll up to get the air out)? I see a lot of backpackers where I live in NYC, but they always seems to be carrying too much with them, to be honest.
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