I'm interested on any experience or pointers to what makes for a good splitter bag. I'm looking for a big enough day pack to pull off a 2 day trip if needed, other than that I'm not entirely sure what I need or should be looking for in a day bag.
No doubt the Mammut pack is dope, however I have had numerous Dakine packs over the years and regardless of use, they are bomber proof. Seriously I have had my Helipack for about ten years now and the thing still looks new. If I were to be in the market for a pack I would look for a super durable canvas or cordura outer. I use Mountain Hardware packs because of this.
I have the Dakine Guide, which is a larger version of the poacher.. and It's great. I'd recommend it - I picked the guide because the frame is almost the same, it just expands a lot more ... so it's better for overnight, but stil cinches down to be pretty small and out of the way when not being used for full capacity
It does seem a bit on the heavy side as far as bags go, but i don't usually notice it once its on my back - comfy!
Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2005 3:08 pm Posts: 244 Location: 109-blocks-of-watch-yo-f'n-back, CA
Black Diamond Outlaw. Has every feature you need: diagonal carry A-frame carry board carrry hydration sleeve and tube protector snack pockets on hip belt axe/pole carry goggle pocket dedicated avy gear pocket back panel access solid suspension system
AND it weighs less than all the others previously cited. I'm not sure you're getting 2 days out of any of these packs.
Joined: Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:32 am Posts: 584 Location: Dethbridge, AB
Currently rocking an old Deuter Freerider of unknown capacity. Because I hate the do it all panel loaders out there, the Deuter Cruise 30 is on my shortlist for an all day touring bag and the Mystery Ranch Saddlepeak or Fuze of smaller slackcountry poacher.
I'd probably recommend two separate packs for a daypack and a 2-nighter, especially for winter stuff. You need a lot more bulky stuff for a winter overnight, unless you want to have a serious gypsy-pack with shit dangling every which way.
What you NEED is also a question of where you're planning on heading. If you're not going to be getting into terrain where you're bootpacking, you don't NEED carry straps, for example. I've got a Deuter AirContact Lite 40+10 ( 2450-3050 cubic inches ) which is definitely more space than needed for a day trip, but I've also got a Dakine Heli Pro ( 1200 cubic inches ) which is what I typically use for a day trip. I can fit everything I need into that.
However, back to the where you're headed thing - I'm typically snaking runs through trees in the east, so I don't carry an avi kit, for example. If you're an organized packer though, you can definitely fit everything you need for a full day into a Heli Pro.
For an overnight trip, half of the Deuter bag gets taken up by my sleeping bag, so on a whim one day I decided to buy a 65 liter (4000 cubic inches) bag by Sierra Designs, mainly because it was on sale for $85. I haven't gotten the chance to truly use it due to the gimp situation, but I had it all packed for a month long sojourn through huts and chalets of the Swiss Alps (it holds a lot, simply put).
I`ve got the Dueter Freerider pro. Basically the same as the Code I believe. Can`t go wrong with either.
Its got all the bells and whistles needed for day trips plus Bomber construction, solid zips, great hip belt and unjustability. Can`t really complain about much. Might be a bit heavy but its either durable or light weight. This pack is durable.