This post deals with backpacks which would be suitable for winter. Currently I have 3 backpacks, an old Karrimor which I don’t use now, a Osprey Aether 60, an excellent load carrier, but at 2.3 kg rather heavy compared to others now on the market with similar volumes.
Still the Aether is not to be dismissed as it is very comfortable and has a very nice hip belt. I think that given my recent issue with my knees, I need to carry as little weight as I can, but with due regard to necessary additional equipment required for winter conditions . Therefore I can cut my weight by looking at lighter backpacks and hopefully not lose features that Osprey packs have.
The third is my regular 3 season pack the OMM Jirishanca, which is 35 litre in size, made of lightweight Dyneema fabric and weighs 1040g. This great rucksack unfortunately will be too small for winter requirements (well at least for me).
So, what I am looking at ?
Three backpacks have made my list
A virtually waterproof backpack, weighing 1.25 kg with a maximum load of 18 kg, but best suited to 12-15 kg. The pack has a full pre-curved aluminum frame and what looks like an excellent hip belt. The pack had a good write-up in a recent edition of TGO.
A light weight pack weighing 1.2 kg, with the usual excellent build quality and features you would expect from an Osprey pack. The load capacity being around 15 kg.
There is a good review from Robin Evans – blogpackinglight on the Exos 58
3 . Golite Pinnacle
This is the lightest pack here, with an incredible low weight of 935g for a volume of 72 litres. The pack is made of Dyneema and has a comPACKtor system which allows the pack’s volume to reduced by the use of two fixed compression clips. The user can vary the pack’s size to suit the number of days backpacking. The hip belt is of a wishbone construction. I have read a number of positive user reviews on this back pack, and I am looking closely at this one over the others.
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