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Old 05-12-2005, 09:47 AM   #1
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Kind of a hard question but I am looking for some input. I have researched extended trip packs for a while and narrowed it down to these two. They are pretty equal in a lot of ways. I am wondering if anyone can offer me insight as to which they know or have knowledge of being a better pack. (also, these are being bought my mail order since I dont have a good outdoor store near me, while I could ship one back I am hoping to avoid it)

REI Morning Star 75
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Pro...vcat=REI_SEARCH

Lowe Alpine Appalachian 65
http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/s...ductId=37105800

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maybe this will help

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oh and welcom to the boards... personally I like the lowe alpine one.
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Alright, thanks for fixing the links, forgot to but in the html for it and just cut and pasted.

See, I have run into 1 of 6-7 people who has even owned REI packs... so everyone says Lowe Alpine.

Like I said, it pretty much comes down to preference, the REI is 50 ci larger with an extra pocket, but, atleast in picture the Lowe Alpine has an extra lower back pad and thicker padding on the shoulders, and hip belt (though, this is in pictures and the REI pack looks like it has the same, just stuffed into the backpad instead of the exterior.

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Im not a big fun of packs that load from the top. But of the two I like the Appalachian.
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Yeah, I dont like the top load that much either, I had an army duffle bag in school for clothes and hated the single open load.... but since panel loading packs of this size are few and far between, or pricey, i opted for these, esspecially since the zip out divider makes it top or bottom loading, and with the 6-7 pockets all my small stuff should be easy to get to.
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If those are the choices then I'd go for the Lowe Alpine. If you're planning to do a lot of backpacking then definately gor for stuff with extra/thicker padding - your body will thank you in the end.

And I agree with Tadpole - top loading is a pain!
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Hi, i have a Low Alpine Appalacian 65 + 15 pack. I havent used it much yet, but i would recommend it, its a comfterble pack ( for me anyway) and has a excellent weight distribution system. It has a load of padding everywhere and a space between the pack and your lower, lumber back this is usefull as it allows your sweat to evapourate easier preventing the build up of moisture leading to rashes ect .
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I would suggest that you chek out this post!

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