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Backpacks and Hip Packs

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Offline homerboy2u

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Backpacks and Hip Packs
« on: April 27, 2008, 05:00:35 PM »
I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday, and we thought we could go for  a hike when we go out on a trail ride. Since we do not have any experience on this matter, we thought we could ask for advise and get a general opinion to the matter.

  We want to see what do you think of the Coleman X-Back packs and smaller pack as well. So, with out any further a due, here they are:

Coleman Wisdom™ Internal Frame Backpack :



Nice color, but out there we all know color does not help much when functionality takes a more important priority. These are it's features:
 
 
Description:
• Top loading Wisdom™ pack has one compartment, a zippered lid pocket and two mesh pockets
• Capacity: 3,200 cubic inches
• Pack weight: 4.5 pounds
• Hip belt fits 26” to 54”
• 2 removable side pockets for added convenience
• Compression straps
• Sternum strap with added elastic for more freedom of movement
• Shoulder lift system for less shoulder strain and more comfort
• Load stabilizer straps
• Moisture management polyester mesh
• Water resistant and durable, high density ripstop polyester and oxford weave with polyurethane coating
• Separate access to bottom of pack
• Hydration system capability with hydration tube exit port and internal compartment
• Includes two pre-curved aluminum stays for added support

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Coleman Teton™ Internal Frame Backpack



Description:
• Hybrid loading Teton™ pack has two compartments, zippered lid pocket, one removable bottle pocket and one external zippered pocket
• Capacity: 4,200 cubic inches
• Pack weight: 5.0 pounds
• Hip belt fits 26” to 54”
• 2 removable side pockets for added convenience
• Compression straps
• Sternum strap with added elastic for more freedom of movement
• Shoulder lift system for less shoulder strain and more comfort
• Load stabilizer straps
• Moisture management polyester mesh
• Water resistant and durable, high density ripstop polyester and oxford weave with polyurethane coating
• Separate access to bottom of pack
• Hydration system capability with hydration tube exit port and internal compartment
• Includes two pre-curved aluminum stays for added support

 A BIGGER bag, but still not sure if it is the right one.
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Coleman Pelican Pack:




Description:
• Pelican Pack has one main compartment and three zippered pockets, panel loading
• Capacity: 150 cubic inches
• Pack weight: 0.40 pounds
• Hip belt fits 24” to 52”
• Water resistant and durable, 600D high density ripstop polyester and oxford weave with polyurethane coating

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  They seem at a good price but, should you recommend a better model, post it here please.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2008, 05:02:58 PM by homerboy2u2 »
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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008, 06:37:20 PM »
how far do you plan to hike and will it be an over night trip when you hike?

James
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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008, 06:58:40 PM »
how far do you plan to hike and will it be an over night trip when you hike?

James

 Yes, 5-10 kms from where we leave the truck and we plan to do it overnight, for sure.
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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008, 09:23:23 PM »
The Coleman Exponent series seem to be a good buy for somebody new to Backpacking. I have also noticed that the Exponent sleeping bag and tent seem to be good quality and reasonably lightweight for their asking price. As far as size.....that's up to you! How much stuff do you want to tote out in the desert with you? The smaller the bag the less you can get in it and sometimes that is a good thing! :icon_biggrin:
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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2008, 02:12:50 PM »
Those look like nice packs, for Coleman. I'd like to see one up close.

Homero I have always thought the dual purpose packs to be a bit gimmicky. You might consider buying a small military butt pack and just putting it in your main pack for quick excursion trips. Those military butt packs are fairly small, and pack easy. Also they carry just enough to get you through a couple of hours of exploring. Just a thought.

I was telling muse that I bought a new day pack from Maxpedition (www.maxpedition.com) and am waiting on that to get here. It's called the Gearslinger monsoon, and is built tough - 1000 denier cordura throughout.



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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008, 04:07:20 PM »
Those look like nice packs, for Coleman. I'd like to see one up close.

Homero I have always thought the dual purpose packs to be a bit gimmicky. You might consider buying a small military butt pack and just putting it in your main pack for quick excursion trips. Those military butt packs are fairly small, and pack easy. Also they carry just enough to get you through a couple of hours of exploring. Just a thought.

I was telling muse that I bought a new day pack from Maxpedition (www.maxpedition.com) and am waiting on that to get here. It's called the Gearslinger monsoon, and is built tough - 1000 denier cordura throughout.




Cool! I see is has an iPod pocket and earbud port so you can tune out those pesky desert sounds! 
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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2008, 04:13:30 PM »
Those look like nice packs, for Coleman. I'd like to see one up close.

Homero I have always thought the dual purpose packs to be a bit gimmicky. You might consider buying a small military butt pack and just putting it in your main pack for quick excursion trips. Those military butt packs are fairly small, and pack easy. Also they carry just enough to get you through a couple of hours of exploring. Just a thought.

I was telling muse that I bought a new day pack from Maxpedition (www.maxpedition.com) and am waiting on that to get here. It's called the Gearslinger monsoon, and is built tough - 1000 denier cordura throughout.




Cool! I see is has an iPod pocket and earbud port so you can tune out those pesky desert sounds! 

Ipod? To tune out the desert sounds?  NO WAY!   :icon_eek:

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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2008, 04:31:51 PM »
Never had any experience with Coleman packs, honestly didn't know they made packs. 
Here's what I think is a pretty good deal on a 3600 cu. in. Kelty.

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=12317848&memberId=12500226&catalogId=40000000226

I have a small Kelty similar to this one -

...that I've had for awhile and it's held up well.  It's pretty small, but I've taken it on several overnight and even multi-night trips and had no trouble. 
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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2008, 07:34:23 PM »
Those look like nice packs, for Coleman. I'd like to see one up close.

Homero I have always thought the dual purpose packs to be a bit gimmicky. You might consider buying a small military butt pack and just putting it in your main pack for quick excursion trips. Those military butt packs are fairly small, and pack easy. Also they carry just enough to get you through a couple of hours of exploring. Just a thought.

I was telling muse that I bought a new day pack from Maxpedition (www.maxpedition.com) and am waiting on that to get here. It's called the Gearslinger monsoon, and is built tough - 1000 denier cordura throughout.




Cool! I see is has an iPod pocket and earbud port so you can tune out those pesky desert sounds! 

Almost all packs come with that. As you know it doesn't have to be used. Some might use it for school (university) and listen to lectures as they walk.

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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2008, 02:53:03 AM »
Homer I don't have any experince with any of the Coleman backpacks.  But if I were you I'd pay real close attention to the materials that make up the pack.  Inspect the seams really well.  Pick it up at the store, test it out, etc...

Personally I think that extra money is well spent on a quality pack.  With backpacks, I know that they are going to be carrying upwards of 50lbs on some occasions, so I want to taking along a quality well made item.  Having a pack fall apart on me on a trip because of poor workmanship would be a disaster.  Duct tape can only fix so much...

Now I'm not saying that those Coleman's are bad products, as they could very well be nice.  I'm just saying be wary, and make sure you take a look and test out the packs.  I wouldn't buy them over the net without trying them out.

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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2008, 08:52:58 AM »
Homero,
From what I have heard and seen, the Coleman exponent line of packs are a good buy.
My brother in CA is a Dana Designs guy. He has been using the same Dana Designs Alpine since the early 90's.
(that should confirm the Dana quality and durability Landcruiser4Life attested to earlier)

When he decided he wanted to lighten his load for trips other than winter mountaineering we looked around for a good pack,
at a good price, that would hold up to his hikes in the Sierra Nevada. He has two kids now and he didn't plan on dropping a fortun on a pack again. So he went with the  Colman Exponent Ravalli. He has been impressed with it. The pack is durable, well made, fits and rides well, and has taken a beating on the granite of CA. He is happy with it and for the price thinks it's tough to beat.
http://yhst-8743696515742.stores.yahoo.net/coexraba.html



This particuar pack is smaller than you probably want at 2000 ci's, but it is in the same line as the Wisdom and Teton you mentioned so that should give you at least an idea of the quality of the packs.

The Kelty's bdann menioned are good packs. I have a friend that uses the Kelty Redwing all the time and loves it. I used the Kelty Redcloud back in the days before I went ultralight and think that it was a great pack.

The newest Coleman exponent series packs are made with Silnylon. A 210 denier variety with 1000 denier cordura packcloth on the bottom for abrasion resistance.
http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/detail.asp?product_id=8540-606&categoryid=25510


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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2008, 02:04:48 PM »
I was telling muse that I bought a new day pack from Maxpedition (www.maxpedition.com) and am waiting on that to get here. It's called the Gearslinger monsoon, and is built tough - 1000 denier cordura throughout.
Cool! I see is has an iPod pocket and earbud port so you can tune out those pesky desert sounds! 
Almost all packs come with that. As you know it doesn't have to be used. Some might use it for school (university) and listen to lectures as they walk.
A few years ago I made a similar comment to one of my nephews who was a freshman at West Texas A&M after I'd given him a backpack for his laptop.  His response:  "Um, yeah...suuuure...we listen to lectures..."  So much for higher education.  :icon_rolleyes:

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Re: Backpacks and Hip Packs
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2008, 03:06:24 PM »
That's funny Richard. I think it's the age. My wife basically confiscated my Neuros II audio computer (just a fancy mp3 player, recorder radio etc) and uses it all the time to record lectures. She re-listens to them after class all over again. English is her second language, so I think that's why she does it. She told me the profs speak too quickly sometimes and she doesn't catch all the information. These are doctoral courses however, so I don't know if that makes much difference.



 


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