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qtbug Original Post: Jun 03 '06,  4:24 pm           Reply
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Internal Frame Back Packs

Looking for recommendations on what and where to get a pair of internal frame packs for a three day - two night hike. I have seen some very nice ones, but don't want to spend more than I have to - or end up with junk. Any veteran hikers out there?
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jps246 Posted: Jun 06 '06,  5:21 am           Reply
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RE: Internal Frame Back Packs

Not sure where you're located, but if you can find an EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) or an REI store nearby, it would be worth stopping in and going through their backpack section. They offer a wide selection of different brands and they both offer their own brands, which are usually less expensive than the better known backpack brands without much difference in quality.

Plus, they have staff that can really walk you through the backpack purchasing process - having you try out different models, provide weight for the backpacks so you'll know how they feel with a load and can show you all the ins and outs of each pack.

Other sporting good stores aren't as good showing you the packs or walking you through the process.

Jeff

     
TimThompson Posted: Jun 13 '06,  2:56 am           Reply
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You may want to look at Sportsman's Guide, they have a pretty good selection of packs. Their web address is www.sportsmansguide.com They have name brands as well as their own private brand of gear.
I bought one of their 85 liter packs a little over a year ago. I am very pleased with the size, quality, & features of this pack. Similar packs are running from $100.00 - $175.00, I paid $50.00 + S&H.
Another high quality pack that allows good organization and carrying comfort, although it is external frame, is the military LC-2 or ALICE pack. You can find them on line at some of the surplus stores for $50.00 & up. I prefer the large size over the medium.
Hope this helps.

     
jps246 Posted: Nov 07 '06,  7:48 am           Reply
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Not sure where you're located, but if you can find an EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) or an REI store nearby, it would be worth stopping in and going through their backpack section. They offer a wide selection of different brands and they both offer their own brands, which are usually less expensive than the better known backpack brands without much difference in quality.

Plus, they have staff that can really walk you through the backpack purchasing process - having you try out different models, provide weight for the backpacks so you'll know how they feel with a load and can show you all the ins and outs of each pack.

Other sporting good stores aren't as good showing you the packs or walking you through the process.

Jeff


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