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Mar 20, 2013
Nobody fucks with the Jesus. Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Joined Jul 23, 2010
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Mar 20, 2013
You guys should check out Mystery Ranch made in Bozeman, MT. The best pack I've had by far and I love the 3 zipper system on their packs. They mostly make gear for the SEAL teams so they are basically bulletproof and they perform VO2 max testing on various pack designs to see which is the most efficient. USA made too. Ty Morrison-Heath
From Bozeman, MT
Joined Mar 22, 2011
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Mar 20, 2013
Mystery Ranch has great customer service and they stand behind their products 100%. They are made in the USA, and your call will be answered by someone who is knowledgable about their products and actually gives a shit. Try getting that kind of customer service from The North Face. In all fairness, I have to add that their stuff is heavy and they are a big-time military contractor. However, my MR pack ride great with a huge load and is going to last longer than any other pack I own, including my beloved Cold Cold World Chernobyl. NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Joined Dec 6, 2009
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Mar 21, 2013
Coming from a military background - never buy anything "tactical" or made from/for military specs for any purpose other than military application. Good enough for SEALs does NOT mean good enough for you- it just means heavy, ugly, and espensive. Ben B
From saint helens, oregon
Joined Jun 24, 2011
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Mar 26, 2013
"If you want forever you want CCW if you want light you want Cilo gear."

Ya, that simply isn't true. I've had a few of packs here from both makers to weigh. Generally CCW is lighter over all in any comparison of like products. And Cilo is no where close to their stated weights.
Joined Jun 18, 2008
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Mar 26, 2013
Koy wrote:
Osprey Variant 52. It's definitely a do everything pack. I have the 37 liter version and it's really held up well to a lot of abuse.

Most versatile pack I've ever used. It's held up super well. The removable frame sheet, hip belt and lid makes it pretty good for climbing in too.
From Golden, Colorado
Joined Jul 20, 2010
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Apr 30, 2013
Travis S wrote:
Howdy MP, Now, I have done some searching for this already, and the information found has been great, but hasn't yet fully answered my question. So I figured I'd put it out to the MP community. Anyway, I'm thinking of going to single pack system for my climbing, hiking, and alpine pursuits. As it stands right now, I have a 40L pack that's good for single day stuff, and an 85L monster that's remarkably impractical (had to pick it up in a hurry a few years ago, going to offload it soon). However, the 40L isn't really suitable for bigger mountains, multi-day stuff, etc. and I'd rather have a pack that can do all of those things, but still strip down for summits, cragging, etc. I already also have an 18L flash pack for short multipitch trad, so that part isn't as much of a concern. I was looking at investing in the Cilogear 60L worksack, as it would appear to suit those purposes, but wasn't sure if something like that would even be a workable solution here. Opinions?

My ColdColdWorld Chernobyl at <50L has gotten me to most places I've needed. It is small enough not to over pack, and light enough to carry over on LibRidge and I could get at least 3 climbing days out of that size. That is what I'm taking up GibLedges (hopefully) next week. I have a Dana for long-extended over land hikes but in the mountains light is King and sometimes limited space is a good reminder of that. So don't be worried about 50L being enough, pack smartly and it will be fine.
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