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Hi all, I need some advice. Now, I know that this topic has been beaten to death, and I have already found and read hundreds of threads regarding the perfect pack size for an aspiring ultra-lighter, but I would still like to take part in a discussion about it with seasoned veterans instead of just reading whatever I can find.
I made the mistake of buying a large Maxpedition Vulture II day pack, and found that they are build for shorter fellows. The idea of playing with molle packs and organizing everything sounded like a fun hobby. I'm six foot, with a long torso, and the belt was above my belly button. I really wanted to like the pack and have taken it on dozens of hikes in an effort to accept the pack with no hip belt, but it isn't going to work out.
Currently I'm drooling over the new Arc'teryx Khard packs. They come in 30 and 45 liter versions, and I am leaning towards the 45. This pack weighs 4.5 pounds, and I know that is REALLY heavy, but I like the idea of laying it flat and playing around with the pocket inserts inside. My plan is to make up for it's weight by going crazy ultralight on the tent and bag, as well as pretty much everything else...unless you folks end up talking me out of it.
My goal is to have one quality pack that is:
1. Durable and "cool enough" that I am happy with it.
2. Fun to play around with.
3. Large enough for a long day hike with activities such as fishing, woods bumming, etc.
4. Large enough for light 3 season overnight trips.
5. Large enough to be a safe winter day pack.
I would like to have room to carry: (weights are approximate)
A. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II tent @ 1.8 lbs
B. a full length Neo Air (1 pound)
C. a Z-Packs quilt (less than 2 pounds)
D. the bare minimum of food and safety equipment for two days or less, with no more than 2 liters of water at any one time. I can do water in either bottles or a bladder.
From what I have been reading, my take is that 45 liters would be the bare minimum for my goals. As much as this pack costs, I would like to hear what you good folks have to say on the subject prior to buying. If I am right, I should be able to fit most everything inside the pack...most of the time. That being said, I am ok with strapping stuff to the outside for the rare 3 day trip or whatever. By and large I do day hikes only that are never more than 15 miles. I like the idea of getting the 30, and picking up the 45 later for winter, but that's too much dough to justify for both packs.
Finally, since 96% of my hikes are day hikes, maybe I should just get the 30 and buy a "real pack" for winter stuff. If most think that 30 liters is big enough for 3 season day hiking, perhaps this is what I will do.
Any intelligent, polite, and helpful discussion pertaining to my dilemma would be greatly appreciated!