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    Default Average pack size?

    I'm currently looking at the http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/...a-65-pack.html . Should this be big enough?

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    It's big enough, but it might be a little on the heavy side. The large weighs 5#. Here are just the packs at REI in a similar price range but that are a bit lighter: http://tinyurl.com/82m7fbr

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    Actually, they're a little more like +$50. Oops.

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    Yeah I think 55-65 L is probably the average size on the trail. Definately big enough, with that said I rock a 85L pack. I would like to know why you want the pack in that link though, doesnt seem like there is anything special about it that warrants a 175 dollar tag. Its pack weight is also above average at 4 lbs 11 oz for the medium and over 5 lbs for large. My 85L pack is 65 oz after my modification. Go-Lite.com has much lighter 1.5-3.5 lbs 55L-72L packs both with and without frames on sale now. Even at full price less than 175.

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    i carry a gregory baltoro 65 yea its a little heavier but the comfort and suspension is def worth the weight.

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    look at the new Granite Gear Crown 60,(34 oz.) Deuter 65+ Lite, (40 oz.) and the pack I am using this summer is the U:LA Ohm 2.0 (29 oz.) You are looking at carrying 2 1/2 lbs of pack that adds no real value. It will make quite a difference by the time you get to Neels Gap.

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    60 liters is a reasonable average size for a pack. It's possible to get a good one for 2 to 2.5 pounds, though, and for not much more than the pack you listed. That extra couple of pounds makes more of a difference than you might think.
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    I use a 2300 ci Burn backpack from Mountain Laurel Designs (thru hiking pack). Weighs 10 oz. Some folks use a much much larger capacity pack that weigh in at 5 lbs empty. It's a personal choice.

    Personally I think lighter and more compact is better. But we all have different body builds, trip desires, likes and dislikes. I just wish I had avoided using a 6 lb (empty) Arc`Teryx, water-nuclear-deep-space-explosion proof backpack on my first 30 miles of my AT thru hike years ago. Heh. Oh man that thing was heavy.

    Using the Burn pack I am forced to keep it light. And I need to be forced or I start sneaking stuff into the pack.

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    Ill be rockin' the Kelty Pawnee 3300. My philosophy is that if I have more room...I'll fill it. If I don't...Ill adapt.

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    It should be big enough if you have the equipment that fits in it. What are you carrying? I have an external frame pack that weighs the same as the NF you show and carries the same volume plus I can carry stuff on the outside. I have a Golite Jam but I have to trim my equipment down to go on multiday hikes. But it all depends what you are putting in it.
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    my christmas present to myself this year was an osprey talon 44, shaved 2.5lbs off,and still fit everything in it that i had in my old kelty tioge 5000, I've done two 12.5ml days back to back with it so far ,and its been great.
    I'm an old hold out, this is the first time i've even tried on an internal frame pack. But over the years i've refined my gear and trail diet to the point that my fully loaded pack, with 2 quarts of water and five days of food puts me at 25 to 28lbs for three seasons and 32 to 35lbs winter depending on my menu for the week .

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    I bought the http://www.golite.com/Ms-Odyssey-P734.aspx today. $89, which is a half the price of the North Face pack I was looking at. Also weights about 2 pounds less. I amlmost bought the http://www.golite.com/Ms-Quest-P735.aspx extra space is worth it I think. I'm new to long distance hiking and just didn't want to run out of room. I'd rather have a semi empty larger pack than a small one that is stuffed to the brim with stuff bungee'd to the outside etc. We'll see how it goes! Thanks all for the advice!

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    Be careful choosing some of the very light packs with more volume than you need. Most of them carry best when they are packed full.

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    I think, (which is dangerous sometime)... that it should work out ok. I just got my gear finalized and the sleeping bag doesn't get tiny when compressed, decent sized, so it might fill some of the extra 17 liters or whatever. I'll have to do a run-thru when everything gets here and adjust from there. Super excited that everything is coming together!

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    G4 ultralight 12 pounds before water. Taking it for 3 days this weekend (first time out with it)

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    i use a golite jam great pack

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    If your stuff won't fit in a 50L pack, then you've got too much stuff. Big backpacks leave Springer. Small packs arrive at Katahdin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenderheart View Post
    If your stuff won't fit in a 50L pack, then you've got too much stuff. Big backpacks leave Springer. Small packs arrive at Katahdin.
    Or you are not into compression sacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMP View Post
    Or you are not into compression sacks.
    True, but a compression sack is like a basketball. Ever try to pack a basketball in a backpack?

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    I have that north face pack. Its definitely comfortable might be a little ok the heavy side but I like it.

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