View Full Version : What is YOUR ideal pack size?

03-11-2013, 16:52
Yeah, I understand it's subjective and depends on what you're doing. I'm just curious and like hearing people's opinions.

03-11-2013, 17:55
Pretty small.

03-11-2013, 18:08
I currently have a 75L bag. I don't fill it up, so probably a 65L bag would be just right.

03-11-2013, 18:14
62 seems like my current go to size

03-11-2013, 18:18
62 seems like my current go to size

Seems about right.


03-11-2013, 18:23
My ULA Ohm 2.0 is rated 3,900 ci/65l.

03-11-2013, 18:25
I was at 4600ci and recently went to 3700ci or about 62L the pack is sold as the Osprey Exos 58 but the specs say it is 62L...and this seems just about right for me, (though I've yet to putt it to a full blown field test) all my stuff is fitting thus far, I could probably go a bit smaller with my plans for some smaller gear selection that have yet to be bought ie; smaller bag (more compressible), smaller tent (tarp tent)....

03-11-2013, 18:35
Medium a 46oo ci.

03-11-2013, 18:46
One that holds all my gear and rides well. Last year it was an Aether 60 small with a medium hip belt. Good pack fit like a glove and nothing had to be strapped or hung on the outside. After last years shake down ( Springer to NOC) learned to dump the might need things and got light enough to switch to ZPacks Arc Blast. The Blast is 3200 ci the Ospry is 3500 ci but I saved almost 4# in pack weight. The ideal size means nothing if the pack doesn't ride well. Get all your gear first, go as light as you can. Then go to a good outfitters with every thing 4 days of food and water. All of your gear will ride differently in different packs so load up different packs and find the one that fits like a glove. After lots of packs you will know the one that's yours.

03-11-2013, 19:05
Does this pack make my butt look big?

03-11-2013, 20:49
MLD burn - 1500ci main compartment (25l)

Teacher & Snacktime
03-11-2013, 21:01
Does this pack make my butt look big?

Does this pack make my humpback look small?

03-11-2013, 23:20
5,000 ci's is just right.

03-11-2013, 23:27
50 liters in the summer and 65 liters during the winter

03-11-2013, 23:53
Sixty liter does the job and not too big or small.

03-12-2013, 00:21
Ideally it would fit into my cargo pant pocket.

More realistic is 1500 in^3 main compartment and side pockets big enough to hold 1.8L gatorade bottles. With the front pocket, it'd have a capacity around 2800 in^3. Maybe 3000 if it had hip pockets as big as I'd like, that is, big enough to hold a full quart size freezer bag.

03-12-2013, 10:16
4,200ci seems to be perfect for me.

Prime Time
03-12-2013, 11:03
60 liters works for me for a 3 season bag. Makes me more disciplined about what goes in it without having to jam it like a sausage.

03-12-2013, 11:47
I used a 70-75L 4 seasons for more than 15 years. Until I decided that, at 36 years old, I should invest some time and thinking into sliming down my gears. I did.

Now my 3 seasons setup never go over 25 pounds, food included. Usualy around 20 pounds.Far from UL but, to me, very confortable on any distance. My pack is a 50L with a lot of straps and daisy chains so I can hook extra pouchs outside very easily for gears and stuff. 50L is perfect for me.

03-12-2013, 12:07
This Summer (for a long section), I plan to use a 42L (2563 ft3) light weight pack. I took it out for 3 days a couple of weekends ago and it looks doable with a Summer BA bag, BA Air Core Pad, 2-1/2 pound tent (treking poles extra), alky stove, small pot set, small water filter, 4 days of food, etc.

I hope to get lighter but will never consider myself UL.

Lone Wolf
03-12-2013, 12:18
Yeah, I understand it's subjective and depends on what you're doing. I'm just curious and like hearing people's opinions.

one that carries all my stuff

gizzy bear
03-12-2013, 12:32
i have decided around 50L would be a good size for me on the HMW... so i will be getting that pack in the near future... possibly the gregory jade 50 :)

03-12-2013, 14:26
I'm trying to find a solid 48-50L pack for spring/fall section hikes. My aging Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone provides up to 62L of capacity, which is more than I need for most trips.

03-12-2013, 14:45
50 liters in the summer and 65 liters during the winter

this is my comfort area too

I have a size small 50L for under 25lb and med 62L for over but would say the 62L is more for everything kind of hike to choose my fav for thru. If base camping 50L is more useful, if Im not bringing a tent and cooking gear with me on a section or thru 50L is more compress and shrinkable.