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    Default Framed or Frameless?

    Hello all. My wife and I are planning for an AT thru hike next year. She is 5"3 and around 110lbs. We are both in our early 50s. She doesn't have much hiking experience so we are really trying to get as much info as possible about packs. Her planned base weight is about 9 lbs so we are looking at a TPW of no more than 20. OK so enough of the numbers. We are looking at something like the Zpacks Arc Scout or maybe a LiteAF or MLD frameless pack. We are worried that having her first experience with long distance being frameless with no load lifters might be challenging. Any women out there go straight for frameless and can share experiences? Do you recommend a framed pack/load lifters even for light pack weights?

    Thanks much in advance for any and all advice.

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    Well, if you aren’t going to do your thru until next year, you have time to test a few different packs. I assume you know some other hikers, who might let her test their packs on day hikes or overnights. I’d think she’d get a good idea of what she feels comfortable with fairly quickly. That said, try to spend your time looking at quality, respected brands. They usually got their reputations by being comfortable and durable, which are great attributes of backpacking equipment. Good luck! Pringles

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    I'm not a fan of frameless packs. They tend to be little more than a bag with shoulder straps. As a result, you have full body contact in the back and that leads to Sweaty Back Syndrome or SBS. It's also hard to get a decent weight distribution. Okay for a day pack, but not good for the long haul.

    The Zpack Arc pack design seems to be a good compromise and is a pack that I want but have been putting off...
    The AT - It has it's ups and downs...

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