Womens Expedition Pack
Allright I will have my Barneys Kevlar Pinnacle Pack in a couple weeks and I can't see passing my ancient Eureka pack off to the wife since it has seen better days and is not especially comfortable. I will keep the old pack and the frame will work for her to pack a couple miles with a bou quarter. But I want to take her with me up on a couple scouting trips and she will need a great pack. I am not going to spend the big bucks for a custom pack but I will drop the coin to get a great fitting internal frame pack.
I am taking her in to REI on monday and we are going to try out a couple different packs. I am most excited about the Arc'Teryx Briza 75 just looking at the reviews (it used to be called the womens bora). So what say you? My only fear is that she is going to like it so much that I end up going and buying myself the Bora 95.
My wife has a Gregory Shasta and she [b]loves it[/i]. She's sitting behind me saying that she thinks it may have a different model name, but the point remains that she is a complete believer in Gregory packs. It fits her frame perfectly. My mother and sister have Gregory packs as well, and they also have nothing but good things to say. Arcteryx makes fantastic gear, but make sure she tries on a Gregory pack as well.
Originally Posted by LuJon
What do you know? I bought my new wife the Bora 75 last year and I've owned the Bora 95 for myself for like 3 years now and have hauled out a few caribou and camp with it. If her and I are going together we take our Arcteryx, but I'm going by myself, its gonna be my Barney's pack. My wife loves hers and I have no complaints about my Bora 95. In fact its what we used on our 3 day hike last weekend. They just fit us well. That being said my bro really likes his Gregory packs. There are a ton of good packs out there, just have her try a bunch out and load them up and see which on works for her the best. Good luck man.
The Gregory petit dru pro 85 looks pretty nice.
For those of you that have the Arcteryx Bora/Briza, osprey womens xenon or Gregory Deva- are you able to pack a rifle on it and if so how? These packs seem to be pretty streamlined do you find it a challenge to access items like your spotter/tripod easily?
Lanche....cheesy would be an understatement, and you forgot to tell the nice folks that you wore a womens pack for a while yourself!! Seriously though, the Arc'Teryx packs are definitely nice!! Mens or womens!
More importantly, IMO, is pack fit. I, too, use a Gregory pack but when I bought it, I was more concerned with pack volume than frame fit and now I would definitely get a pack to fit your frame. I'm a shorter guy and wear a size Large Gregory frame. I can definitely pack with it and have for about 6 years now but the few times I've worn the Arc'Teryx that normaly lives on Alaska_Lanches back that has the smaller frame size, its considerably more comfortable.
The Gregory is a tough pack also and I agree with Brian that take a look at those as well. Like with most things these days, products are always getting better and better with major brands and most people are going to be happy with whatever you get so make sure the pack fits well and you may be able to get a less expensive one as well.
Last note, if you do buy a pack from a pro-shop, definitely have them remove they stay (or stays, depending on the pack) and bend it to fit your wifes figure. This will also make a pack more comfortable/efficient.
I have the waterproof bottom in my pack as well. You'd be surprised how many times you sit down on wet tundra or a hillside. Being as this is where you carry your sleeping bag.....well worth the few extra ounces!
I thought about it a little more and aside from that I figure that if we put meat in it would be easier to clean up any blood from the water proof material than any other cloth. OK now I am even more convinced that we made the right decision!
Wow, you guys. I think that those packs look HUGE.
I have a Marmot pack and it fits my body frame completely.
Please, please do not give her your hand-me-down back pack. You absolutely want one that fits her body frame. I have noticed that if the shoulder straps don't fit me (and no men's style can fit me because I am too short) that my shoulders and back start to hurt after mile 4-5.
If and when I find a picture, I'll post a picture of mine.
My suggestion is:
1. Go shopping with her
2. Tell her she can't buy anything when you go shopping. She HAS to go home to think about it and purchase within the next day or 2.
3. Once she finds a pack, look online for the stats on it. Either convince her to get it or not to get it.
4. Purchase or start over again. You have a little bit of time before you have to use it for the season.
5. Be sure that SHE picks it for herself. She'll be far more happier if you present it that way.
6. Check the straps to be sure that they don't come up more than 2 inches from her shoulders (pre-weight) and be sure that she snaps on all the hip and chest snaps to be sure that they fit right in those regions, too.
I can only tell you from my experience in getting a pack. (smiles) That was a great deal of fun.