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Old 09-29-07, 02:28 PM   #1
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Recommend me a backpack

I like a do-it-all backpack for commuting use and for light skiing.

I want a backpack with the following features:

20-30 litres capacity
Back ventilation is a must (I sweat big time, most of the backpack I've used don't do the job quite well)
Hip belt, sternum belt.
Hydration pocket
Somewhat weather resistant, not necessary as one can use a pack cover to protect from elements.
Ski straps
Outboard straps for extended capacity if needed (such as strapping a spare pairs of shoe or a jacket)

Here's what I have found that match most of my criteria but missed one or two.


Marmot Zephyr, it's got everything except ski straps.


Camelbak Hellion, missing a back vent (granted, it's for winter use, but it's got the ski straps)
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Old 09-29-07, 02:39 PM   #2
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Check out the GoLite Jam2, or Pursuit packs. The only thing you'd want to get is a drybag liner (Sea-to-Summit silnylon bags rock!) to weatherproof everything.

I use an old GoLite Race (discontinued) for hiking and cycling.
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Old 09-29-07, 08:01 PM   #3
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As an altrnative to a drybag, consider a pack cover. REI sells them in various sizes (from daypack to backpacking size). This way your bag ustelf wil stay dry, including all the pockets.
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The Deuter Trans Alpine fits the bill.

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I dunno about ski holes etc but these packs are great: http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/backpacks/bd2.html
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I dunno about ski holes etc but these packs are great:
That is a nice pack, but for $170, that's steep.

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The Deuter Trans Alpine fits the bill.

Not bad, that's on my list.
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^^^

I don't know if you noticed, but the Deuter has a nifty stowable rain cover too. It's also specifically designed for cycling, so the straps and belts are in the proper place for a cyclist. I'm quite impressed with mine as it's so well designed.
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Old 09-30-07, 06:44 AM   #8
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This is a really cool backpack and seems to have it all http://www.runnerduck.com/images/elmo_backpack.jpg
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Wingnut Adventure

One BIG advantage for me is that it is designed for cycling. Therefore it rides much lower on your back than a standard backpack. It may look a little funny as a regular pack, but on the bicycle it is far more comfortable.

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Your search is over. 1600 cu in, IIRC, which is just over 26l. I have a slightly older model and love it.

Edit: Dang it, derath beat me to it.
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Back ventilation is a must (I sweat big time, most of the backpack I've used don't do the job quite well)
Osprey, Osprey, Osprey. :-p Several models fit all your criteria but if this quoted issue above is paramount for you, I've found nothing better for back ventilation, period. I've got packs tougher, lighter, better-looking, and more weather-resistant...but for sweaty back solutions it rules the roost for me. Check 'em out.
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I highly recommend the Osprey stratos, comes in 18,24,32,40L versions. All with a mesh back. I use this commuting every day and love it. Mesh was a requirement for me also.
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Your search is over. 1600 cu in, IIRC, which is just over 26l. I have a slightly older model and love it.

Edit: Dang it, derath beat me to it.
Hehe,

You are the reason I own one. Just returning the favor, so to speak.
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I got a Deuter AC32 and _love_ it.
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I use an old Lowe-Alpine Contour Runner. It has an arched back, so that it conforms with your body when you're hunched over on your bike. I've made two mods: 1. I stapled the waist belt to the bag, because I don't use it when biking. I didn't remove it completely because I still use the bag for hiking or climbing on occasion. 2. I sewed some thin bungee cord to the front so that I could put shoes or my helmet on the pack without relying on unattached compression straps. This has worked really well for me.

Mine is probably right around 25L. Looks like the current incarnation is 30L:
http://tinyurl.com/3cvwqp

(That gold color would be nice and visible on the road.)

Here's another that would work. It's 25L, but there's also a 35L version available. And there seems to be more emphasis on the air circulation issue:
http://tinyurl.com/3bc3jh
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If you have an REI near you, this is probably a good deal.

http://www.rei.com/product/755227



It's $100 on the website, but if you buy it in the actual store it's been marked down to $49. They have different colors in the store too, mine is sort of a pixelized camo color. I have a 20 mile RT commute, and think this backpack is pretty comfortable. It is ridiculously over-engineered, and has everything you requested: hydration pocket (the bladder is sold separately though), hip belt, ski straps, etc.

Best of luck.
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Old 10-01-07, 10:42 AM   #17
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I have a camelback Transalp and use it for the same!!! Commute and snowboarding... It does great.. has worked for me for 7 years now with out a problem!
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