Dana Design K2 Longbed
Design: external longbed
Size: Whatever I had to haul it ate.
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 90 pounds in desert
Height of Owner: 72"
Price Paid: 300-400
I have just completed walking across America in a large 'W' taking three years and 8,000 miles solo. I walked every step, deserts for a year and a half, winters in the Rocky Mountains, every extreme.
My pack, CrowDog, a Dana Design Longbed K2 never (I mean NEVER) failed. Constantly my life was on the line and it routinely carried between 55-75 pounds. I was once a combat paratrooper for the 82nd ABN DIV. We dreamed of gear of this quality while hoofing Central America.
The book is in progress now. In the other room CrowDog waits for the next country. www.whitecrowwalking.com
Design: TOP & FRONT
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 65
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $329
All my backpacking is done on established trails. I'm not much of a bushwacker or trailblazer. But I am an organizational freak... hate the newer styles with no external pockets that simply look like a glorified vertical duffel bag. I like to get to my gear quickly without having to unload everything and repack every time I need something from it. I purchased my K2 LB four years ago... Love it. No tears, frays or shortcomings whatsoever so far. Even though the fad is towards internals, I'm still an external guy. I like the load bearing characteristics of it. Because it's not directly against your back, my back doesn't sweat as much... subsequently, I feel alot cooler when backpacking in hot temperatures.
Design: external with both top and front loading
Size: large long bed
Number of Pockets: 7 including mesh pockets
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10-1/2"
Price Paid: $240
By far the best pack I have ever used. I have been backpacking for over 40 years. I have owned a lot of packs both external and internal. The K-2 loadmaster Longbed by Dana Designs is my choice for hitting the trail. In fact I am in the process of purchasing a new suspension system as the one I have is just worn out but I cannot think of going in the woods without it. It offers the best of both worlds of external and internal.
Design: Front-loading external - with dana design
Max. Load Carried: 80 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
I have been backpacking for over 30 years. I love an external frame and when Jansport quit making a decent external frame I felt hopeless. Then by accident I ran into a K2 Longbed pack on clearance. This has been by far the best pack I have ever owned. The price I paid for it was a unbelievable. I dread it wearing out, I can't find anything like it on the market. Why they are no longer making this pack I will never understand.
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