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Another newbie here. I have done a fair amount of car camping but I have no real backpacking experience or gear yet. What camping gear I have will be to heavy for backpacking. I expect to be doing mostly solo trips, consisting of weekends and 2 or 3 trips a year of 4-6 days in length starting in early spring and ending in early winter with snow possible.(I have seen 4-6 inches).
I prefer the solitude of one person tents even if more people are making the trip. There are no shops in my area(a Gander Mountain but not much selection)to get much hands on time with these products so I have been reading on the net several hours a day for over a week reading product reviews and studying gear. I am comfortable with my other gear choices except these two items.
For a tent now I am favoring a Kelty Quartz 1, a 4 season one person tent like this
It should be as warm and waterproof as a tent can be. I would like to hear from anybody that has experience with this tent or others of this type(solo or small 2 person 4 season tent).
The backpack will be a tougher item. I am 5'10 and currently 225 pounds. My torso lenth seems to be about 22 to 22.5 inches long. This length evedently makes me a hard fit. In my area I have found only a few quality packs to try and they were a Rokk Talkeetna, a Kelty Red Cloud 5600, a Kelty Commanche, and a Jansport Humbold (sp?). All were large size packs designed to fit up to 22 inches. The hip belts all hit me at the top of my pelvic bones rather than a little lower where I think they should be. The best fit of course was the pack I liked the least due to the extra zippers and strap on pockets, the Jansport.
Ideally I think a pack that was about 4600 to 5200 cu. in. would fill the bill if it had cinch straps to reduce capacity when it wasent needed.
I'd like to try the Gregory Forester but
1)I think it was discontinued and
2)The adjustment seems to run out at 21.5 inches.
Now I emailed the folks at REI and I told them I liked the Gregory packs and question them about the fit and they informed me that the Gregory packs usually fit a little longer torso than they are rated.
To complicate matters more is the fact that Gregory doesent seem to make a pack in the size range I think I need, but here is the kicker, they have the Palisade on sale about 30% off. Hmmmm.
Its larger than I probably need at 5600cu. in. but its returnable for refund if it doesent fit or I dont like it, probably less the shipping charges.
Do you think This pack would due if it fit me or is it just to large for my needs? It does have cinch straps to reduce capacity. Should I look for a different maker? Does a certain maker fit longer torsos better than others.
All comments are welcome and apreciated.