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I'm looking for some suggestions for a pack that will do tripple duty as a daypack, overnight backpacking trips, and longer car camping trips. Hear me out before you suggest that I get two separate packs.
I've tried a handful of daypacks over the years, all of them without an internal frame of any sort. None of them have been very comfortable, but I never wanted to go so far as to use a "real" pack for my commute. Depending on my mood and the weather, my commute is a 5 mile hike along the Superior Hiking Trail, a 2 mile walk along hilly city streets, a 2-5 mile bike ride, or a bus ride.
To make matters more complicated, I'm overweight and have a longer torso than most at 21.5". So many of the daypacks I've owned and tried barely reach the small of my back, making hipbelts (when there is one) worthless.
- 25-50 L (1500 - 3000 ci) capacity
- Rated to carry 15-30 lbs
- Internal frame, comfortable suspension
- Long enough to accomodate a 20-22" spine
- Hipbelt with decent weight transfer
- Lightish- 2-5 lbs
- Pack should remain comfortable when underpacked and when fully packed.
- Either hydration compatible or with a side pocket for a 1 L Nalgene water bottle
- Removable hipbelt and/or adjustable torso: I've had better luck getting a good fit on packs with these features but they aren't a must if the pack fits right.
- Compression system of some sort
- Something I could take on a plane with a few days worth of clothing
- Able to carry 30-40 lbs
I don't need a pack with a lot of pockets and features; I usually keep pens and other random trinkets in a small stuff sack anyway. One internal, outter zippered, or zippered lid compartment would be nice to hold it.
Many thanks in advance!