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I'm looking to get a good 2-3 day pack. I am undecided as to whether internal frame or external. First I will post a list of the gear I'm looking at taking, followed by the kind of specs I'm looking for. Following that I'll list off some of the packs I've already been looking at/considering.
About me/my trip:
I'm new to backpacking (but not to camping) so other gear suggestions are welcome also. My plans are to go to the west coast first, hitting Seattle. Then after a possible stop through to Portland, Oregon, go to Montana, and then from there to make my way down to the Grand Canyon in Colorado. I'm preparing for the trip (gear-wise) as best I can, but could use the extra suggestions if you think I've left anything out. But the main thing I'm looking for is a great backpack suggestion. Oh, and I'm a 150lbs 6ft 30 year old man, if that makes any difference.
Gear I'm planning on taking:
Big Agnes SL2 Tent (<4lbs), a Thermorest Prolite 4 (L) sleeping pad (1.4 lbs), a North Face Allegany (Extra Long) Sleeping Bag (2.8 pounds), a Cold Steel Trailmaster Bowie knife (1.2 lbs), Various Flashlights (LED Lenser H7 headlamp, a little Dorcy 1xAAA flashlight & either a LED Lenser X21 (3.7 pounds - 900+ lumens) or P14 (.8 lbs - 172 lumens) flashlight, at least 2 Water bottles (probably 1 Seychelle water purification/drinking bottle, the other simply as a container [undecided, but at least 550ml]), an alternative medicine kit (including cayenne pepper [stops bleeding instantly], band aids, various American Botanical Pharmacy products including anti-Infection tincture [kills germs and creates an air barrier over wounds], Echinecea Plus [immune boosting] & SuperTonic [anti-viral/paracitical/fungal/bacterial], Miracle II neutralizer [PH balancing liquid that's also good as eyewash], Stinge-Eze bug bite relief, Innovative Natural Products Coloidal Silver 500PPM, a CK toiletry bag (Campsoap, toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, sunscreen, lip balm, hair brush, tweesers), polarized sunglasses, a hat (maybe Dr. Shade), Swedish Firesteel and some kind of warm jacket.
Specifications on the backpack to hold all this gear:
$200 or less
2-3 days worth storage capacity (so, probably 3700 - 5500 cubic inches)
torso length - 19 3/4 (or greater)
a place to hold a Thermorest Prolite 4 (large) sleeping pad (I'm thinking loop latch-on for this would be best, which is one of the reasons I've been looking at externals)
travels cool - Can't be black (absorbs too much heat) or sweat too much - I'm planning on using this in June/July in the US.
Travels fairly quiet - I don't think I could stand it if it sqeaked the whole time for a 5 hour+ trip. Think ninja (stealth and silence)
Needs easy access to water and tent
Packs I'm looking at/considering:
Kelty Red Cloud 5600 Internal - $111 w/shipping
Kelty Trekker 3950 External - $140
REI Flash 65 Pack Internal - $150
Deuter Act Lite 65 + 10 - $179
Also, (I wouldn't actually get this, but like the sleeping pad holding feature on the bottom) the Coleman Bozeman 60X looks very nice - $150. Albeit, I wouldn't get this because it's black (= way too hot for summer excursions). If you know of anything similar to this (sleeping pad holder/loops) in a lighter color, please let me know:
Thanks guys! Additional comments also welcomed.