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Old 03-14-10, 12:20 AM   #1
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Please recommend a comfortable x-large backpack

I'm looking for a an extra-large backpack that is relatively comfortable.
Size between 3000-4000 cubic inches, around 30"x10"x10.
Something that I can use to haul a weekend work of stuff and easily take away with me from my bike. Panniers and other bike mounted bags won't cut it, since I need to easily take my stuff away from my bike.
Thanks
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Old 03-14-10, 12:47 AM   #2
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why would you look for an answer to that here instead of going to an outdoor store and trying packs on? If there's an REI, Cabela's, Scheel's or even a small backpacking store near you, you could try on a dozen packs in five minutes.
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Old 03-14-10, 06:39 AM   #3
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A friend of mine has a huge backpack that he uses on his bike, I think it's intended for long hiking
trips. It has a really big belt-style attachment to carry the weight on the hips mostly. I don't know what the brand is.
Checking out an outdoor store sounds like a good idea.
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Old 03-14-10, 11:50 AM   #4
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Just a word of caution. A large pack will push in on your lower back and force your pelvic area forward and that can make whatever saddle you now ride seem less than perfect.
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Velo, for the same reasons that some people are bringing up on this thead.
A bag that feels comfortable in a store is going to behave far differently when sitting on my back on a moving bike.

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why would you look for an answer to that here instead of going to an outdoor store and trying packs on? If there's an REI, Cabela's, Scheel's or even a small backpacking store near you, you could try on a dozen packs in five minutes.
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There are some comfortable working style double shoulder strap messenger bags out there. They put the load higher up on your back. I wouldn't wear a waist belt.

www.ChromeBagsStore.com

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Old 03-14-10, 06:32 PM   #7
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I'm looking for a an extra-large backpack that is relatively comfortable.
Size between 3000-4000 cubic inches, around 30"x10"x10.
Something that I can use to haul a weekend work of stuff and easily take away with me from my bike. Panniers and other bike mounted bags won't cut it, since I need to easily take my stuff away from my bike.
Thanks
Have you asked the folks in the Commuting forum? Lots of commuters use backpacks.
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Old 03-14-10, 07:10 PM   #8
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osprey makes some good packs. look at camelbak too...maybe the H.O.S.S.?
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My son used a Deuter back pack that maintained an airspace between the load and the back. He now uses a similar one by Vaud. Check them out in an outfitters store. Trunk bags and handle bar bags are also easy to carry with you away from the bike.
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Old 03-15-10, 08:41 AM   #10
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Consider a large alpine pack, like those used by ski-mountaineers as they are designed with regard to high speed movement. In Canada, the place to go would be MEC....so if you are in the USA, I would guess the nearest equivalent would be be REI.

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Old 03-16-10, 03:58 AM   #11
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It's not as big as you posted, but its good for everyday hauling. Comes with hydration too. Almost half off...its a damn good deal at that price. Padded all over, thick straps, waist and chest strap too.


DaKine Backpack
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