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Backpack recommendation. FU
Posted by: Pat
Date: June 29, 2007 07:01PM
Thanks for all the info.

I ended up going with the Kelty Redwing 3100, 2650 was too small for my build. Since I knew I would need access to stuff all day, the top-loaders just didn't seem practical.

I spent a week in Yosemite (just hiking, no overnights with pack) and it worked out great. Once I got my load figured out and the frame tweaked just right, a very comfortable pack. Weight transfer off the shoulders was excellent. I carried 5 liters of water, some extra clothes for me and one of the kids, some food, film body, digital body, 3 lenses, camcorder, film, filters, extra batteries, and a couple of other useful items. The outside pockets worked great for carrying the extra lenses and camcorder, no need to open pack. Outer panel was perfect for the rest of the camera stuff.
I had tons of room left. With a lightweight bag, plenty of room for a weekend trip.

One unforeseen, but highly advantageous characteristic of the pack is that it does not come above the shoulders. When my 40 pound 3yo daughter said that's it, I'm not going any farther, I was able to put her up on my shoulders without any interference and keep going.

I will note one downside. The pack does not get much airflow between itself and your back. It never became uncomfortable, but very noticeable once you took the pack off.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/29/2007 07:04PM by Pat.
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