Another pack question

10:12 p.m. on March 19, 2009 (EDT)
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Hello again,

Does anyone know anything about e packs.


I like them both a lot, but I have some concerns. If you check out the back view of this pack, you'll see that the waist strap has no padding in the center do you think that's a problem. For some reason there aren't any reviews for this pack.


I only had one concern with the osprey pack: would a 48 liter be too small for weekend overnight backpack trips? Also, do you think it is small enough to carry on?


Thanks for the help!

3:40 a.m. on March 20, 2009 (EDT)
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As far as your second choice goes it all depends on how much gear you carry, what time of year you are using it for etc.

1:22 p.m. on March 20, 2009 (EDT)
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As far as size is concerned - grab all of your gear and see if it fits for a weekend. If it does - great. If not - look elsewhere.

As far as padding is concerned, it is not an issue. The effectiveness of a belt in maintaining load transfer is the result of the width of the belt (top to bottom) not its thickness. See more information at [url=] Dan makes packs that will carry 100 pounds without wilting and you will notice that his pads are not overly stuffed. But they are wide. Note: I am not suggesting you get a McHale - they are specialized and expensive. Only trying to provide perspective.

3:01 p.m. on March 20, 2009 (EDT)
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Thanks for the help. I guess what I'm wondering is whether or not I would have to be a really light packer to go on weekend trips with the Osprey 48L? I will be using it in the spring, summer, and fall, so I won't need any winter gear. As a side note, I will also be using it for two weeks backpacking in europe (staying at hostels, not camping).


Has anyone heard anything about the North Face Skareb? It's supposed to be a best seller but there isn't any reviews for it anywhere.


Thanks again.

3:22 p.m. on March 20, 2009 (EDT)
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On Trailspace there are eight reviews for the older Skareb 55 and one for the
Skareb 40.

The newer 50 and 65 don't have reviews yet though.

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