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RE: [pct-l] pack dilemna

Isn't the Jack Wolfskin a 6 pound pack? as is the D-3/5? Not to start the
pack debate again but I have repeatedly found that saving the packs weight
made the load SEEM heavier and less bearable. 

This until the Kelty Cloud. I found 18 pounds in the Kelty very comfortable.
I am not sure of 45-50 which I have [in my youth] carried in the Jansport
nor am I certain that I could fit 45-50 in it even with the side, back and
top compartments [which would bring the pack weight to 3.5 pounds]

Once on a backpack I twisted my back so bad that I couldn't hardly move or
stand up. In desperation I pulled down the shoulder straps on the Jansport.
The pack supported my back.....

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey Olson [mailto:jjolson@uwyo.edu]
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 6:27 PM
Cc: PCT-L@backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [pct-l] pack dilemna

I met a woman hiking the PCT who had just had back surgery and was told she
could never backpack again.  She was backpacking, wearing a Jansport D-5.  I
have lower back pain and cannot take any weight on my shoulders.  I have a
Jack Wolfskin internal with load lifters that takes all the weight, and a
Jansport D-3 for group trips.  The shoulder straps hold the pack to my chest
with no weight on the shoulders...

Jeffrey Olson
Laramie Wyoming...

"Reynolds, WT" wrote:

> There is nothing better than a D-5 for walking down the trail. Two
> that I have tried.
> 1-Strip the pack bag off and replace it with lighter sacks that you lash
> This reduces the convience of the D-5 but drops the packweight to about 3
> pounds
> 2-Spring for a Kelty Cloud. Configure with stays and hipbelt. Toss
> everything else. The Kelty hipbelt is very rigid and acts more like a d-5
> than anything I have tried. [My wife hates it however because it doesnt
> contour to a woman's hips]. Packweight 2 pounds.
> I do NOT believe a fanny pack will work because the weight rotates the
> pelvis, something that the D-5 is very good at not doing. Additionally, I
> find that even a 10 pound pack places more weight on my shoulders than a
> Tom
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jack Young [mailto:youngjack@hotmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 8:49 AM
> To: BackpackingLight@egroups.com; PCT-L@backcountry.net
> Subject: [pct-l] pack dilemna
> For me going ultra light isn't much of an option. I went through a
> windshield when I was 4 yo and it really put the zap on my upper middle
> back.  Now that I am almost 40 I have to be very careful, daily excercises
> blah blah blah.
> My PT (who is a backpacker) telling me to keep as much weight off of my
> shoulders as I can.  Of course I like to not only hike light but hike
> The lack of flexibility in a conventional frame pack really bothers me
> days. It seems to me that my best option may be to go with the
> that Michael has on his ultralight webpage of light pack on the shoulder
> a hip pack.  I would probably go with a bigger hip pack and smaller
> pack.
> My dilemna is getting the right configuration or just throwing that idea
> and starting with something totally different. It feels like an
> task partially because I have hiked so long with my old jansport d5 that
> unsure aboutanything else.
> Anybody have any experience in this area?
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