Dana Design Terraplane LTW
Design: Top Loading Internal
Size: 5800 Cu. In.
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $279
This is the Cadillac of packs! Hands down... Most comfortable. If you don't own one...what are you waiting for? For a long time, I knew that this was a great pack. I had tried one on at Mountain Crossings (Neels Gap, GA). I just couldn't afford one. So I settled for a Gregory that rubbed and bruised and was generally uncomfortable. All that time I knew "One day I'll get a Dana."
Well, that day came last year and I've been smiling while trekking ever since. Seriously, the outside pockets will hold a ton of stuff. I keep my Crocs in one and my jacket and a cap in the other. The top converts into a nice hipbelt for those side trips. The pack is huge, but you can easily cinch it up if you aren't carrying a big load. The water bottle pockets are easy to get to.
The only complaint I have is that they don't hold your bottles very tightly. They may jump ship if you're rockhopping. Other than that, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PACK!
Design: Internal Frame
Size: 5300 cu in (Medium)
Number of Pockets: 2 pockets; lowere bag compartment; huge main; lid doubles as fanny pack
Max. Load Carried: 55 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 9"
Price Paid: $329
Dana Design Inc was recently aquired by Marmot. These backpacks are hard to find. Check the Marmot site for retailers. Another option would be to check into Mystery Ranch Backpacks, owned by Dana Gleason, made in the USA, and cost a little more. I don't really think I have to recommend this pack, its reputation speaks for itself.
Design: Terraplane LTW
Max. Load Carried: 60
Height of Owner: 5-11"
Price Paid: $350
I've used this trip in the San Juans and on Ranier. Simply a spectacular pack. Yes, it is LARGE. What's nice is that you have many different ways to configure the space, by cinching it down internally. I personally like the distribution of weight. I have a bad back, and I can comfortably handle 50 lbs on an extended trip - with no pain!!!
I was kind of sorry to hear Marmot acquired this brand. Marmot makes great stuff, but these packs have been great over the years. I've used other brands (I own a Kelty, a Gregory, a REI, besides this one), and I really like the Dana. If you've got one, hang onto it!!
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Another one of Dana's monster load haulers, the Dana Design Terraplane LTW is only slightly smaller than the Astralplane. Double vertical back pockets provide easy access to your on-trail items. The wand/bottle pockets are removable for added flexibility. The Terraplane LTW also incorporates ArcFlex framing to provide that weight-less feeling. This pack started the load carrying comfort revolution in 1975, and is going strong to this day.Specifications: Capacity: 5800cu/inWeight: 6lb 9oz
High volume and fully featured it sets the bar for larger packs of its kind; from overnight excursions to long extended trips this a true favorite of experienced backpackers. Volume: 5800 C. in./95 liters Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz./3.1 kg Fabric: LTD & 420HT Extendable Lid: Adjusts for larger volume loads Hip Lid: Converts with belt to hip pack Internal Load Control: Snugs load and creates head space Retractable Bottom: Decreases bottom pack volume Removable Wand Pockets: On/Off for each trip's needs
The Terraplane LTW by Dana Design is a high volume backpack. This fully featured backpack sets the bar for larger packs of its kind. It uses vary from overnight excursions to long extended trips. This is a true favorite of experienced backpackers.The Terraplane LTW features an ArcFlex suspension that offers five sizes of backpanels to fit your torso length. It also has a shoulder load lifter web that activates the suspension by pulling the top of the stay. The plastic cutaway provides Head Space allowing you to have full head mobility. The five sizes of Shoulder Pads will allow the best fit for your chest volume. The ArcFlex suspension also has a fiberglass cross stay that works to reinforce the Terraplane LTW's framesheet while you are carrying heavier loads. A 1.5mm HDPE Framesheet gives frame support and shapes to your back. The 6061 Aluminum stay customizes your back for comfort, while the carbon fiber stay channels the pack weight to the hip belt. The five sizes of contour