What's your light or UL INTERNAL FRAME pack?

4:10 p.m. on June 1, 2013 (EDT)
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I have an older REI Cruise UL 60 W/ REI aftermarket side pockets.  WEIGHT: 3 lbs. 6 oz. with pockets.

What do you use in a framed light backpacking pack of at least 50 liters capacity?

5:07 p.m. on June 1, 2013 (EDT)
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I use a Camelbak Linchpin, weighs 2.6lbs and has a capacity of 32.5L. Normal weight without the resivor is 2.8 but I trimmed some straps etc to get to 2.6.

I really like this pack for day pack use and it will hold enough for a ultralight summer 1-3day trip. I really like the mystery ranch futura frame. I thought I was going to miss having a hip belt, but I found by keeping the weight around 25lbs or less that a hip belt is not needed or missed.

I used this pack while in the military as an assault pack, and it can comfortably handle up to 50lbs or so if you decide to haul around a bunch of lead or something haha.

8:13 p.m. on June 1, 2013 (EDT)
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rei flash 45. good pack. good for ul overnighters. not much room for bulky gear though. you really have to be careful what you pack in order for it all to fit in. 

8:41 a.m. on June 2, 2013 (EDT)
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Gregory Savant Medium (which is actually 48 liters, the large is 52). Weighs in at 3 pounds 5 ounces. I use it for summer weekends, winter overnights.



2:52 p.m. on June 2, 2013 (EDT)
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cool pack. I checked out the savant when I bought the flash. the flash was such a deal I couldn't pass it up.

4:07 p.m. on June 2, 2013 (EDT)
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I've been happy with a recent purchase that is very similiar to the specs of your pack...


3 lbs 6 ounces.

-Huge belt, kangaroo and lid pockets.

-Most breathable back panel I've tried yet.

-Hidden lash points

-Pack cover included


So far its been good value for me, I have only had it for a couple months though so time will tell.

6:23 p.m. on June 2, 2013 (EDT)
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At least some of the replies discuss packs over the 50 litres mentioned by the OP...LOL.

I use an HMG Porter, which is 3400 cubes (about 55 litres) and weighs 1 lb, 14 oz. Amazing pack.

11:25 p.m. on June 2, 2013 (EDT)
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I have an Osprey Atmos 65 that I like a lot.  It carries loads for week long trips very well.  Weight is 3 lb 9 oz.

6:58 a.m. on June 3, 2013 (EDT)
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lowe alpine airzone pro 45:55.  size medium (up to a torso of about 20.5 inches) weighs 3 pounds.  plastic frame sheet with a light aluminum wire frame.  

review:  https://www.trailspace.com/gear/lowe-alpine/airzone-pro-4555/


9:11 p.m. on June 3, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks guys.

Yes, I did ask for packs close to 50 L. minimum knowing I can expand the capacity by at least 500 cu. in. with side pockets. I love side pockets for storing stuff I may need in a hurry, like my poopie kit or 1st aid kit.

1:18 a.m. on June 4, 2013 (EDT)
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In my opinion, the leaders in this category are ULA, HMG, and Zpacks, in no particular order...

I loved my ULA Catalyst for many years, and now hump a Zpacks Arc Blast. Both are great packs that I can heartily recommend...The Arc Blast is completely waterproof, though, and weighs about a pound less, with the same comfort (for me).

3:21 p.m. on June 4, 2013 (EDT)
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ULA cataylist is my pack..Does an awesome job and very comfortable...


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