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    I'm looking for a backpack for my wife. We are planning on doing a hike up to one of the Forest Service cabins on the Kenai for a few days this September. She's not really been into hiking much, but we've done a couple fairly good hike there last year. I'm really looking for something that she can use for her clothing, food, and bedding for 4 days - and - not spend more than a couple hundred bucks. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    steepandcheap.com has recently had some screaming deals on women's packs by Gregory. My wife has a Gregory pack and loves it. Steepandcheap only sells one item at a time, so you have to watch it pretty regularly to score the good deals...but I've seen these packs on there multiple times over the past few weeks. The regular going rate for a quality internal fram pack is usually around $300, but a lot of them that I've been seeing have been marked down over 60%. Look at Sierra Trading Post as well - they've had some similar deals.

    I probably don't need to tell you this, but if you want your wife to eventually get into hiking, get her a quality pack. A single miserable experience can ruin it for her, while comfort will go a long ways towards securing you a regular hiking partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redlander View Post
    I'm looking for a backpack for my wife.
    I'll trade you two backpacks for your wife.......

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    One rule of thumb: 65 liters for 5 days. For shorter trips/mild weather, smaller pack volumes prob OK. For longer trips/wild weather, larger volumes maybe better. I agree with Brian's suggestion of Gregory packs - and thinking the long-term perspective; giving yourselves the best opportunity for future trips - well-fitted pack, lighter loads, enough gear to be comfortable if wet/cold weather encountered, etc.

    I own a Gregory Forester (75 liter) pack, recommended and fitted at REI, which has worked well for me. I'm considering using it as a field pack for this year's hunts - the internal frame design offers some advantages for carrying loads. Very well made and versatile pack and often available at end-of-season discounts.

    Here's a link to general info on Gregory packs: http://www.gregorypacks.com/products/womens/technical.
    More info on fit: http://www.gregorypacks.com/products...hnical/83/z-55 and here: http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/arti...ortance_of_Fit
    And some deals for Gregory and other brands:
    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/sea...%20for%20women
    http://www.rei.com/outlet/search?cat=22000001&cat=22000016&hist=cat%2C220000 01%3ACamping+%26+Hiking^cat%2C22000016%3ABackpacks

    Good luck.

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    Ordered the Gregory Deva 60. Sierra Trading Post had it on sale, plus 20% off and free shipping if I ordered before noon. TT&L $156, so I think for that price, we can fit it at home. Thanks for all the advice. We have a small trip to Arkansas in a month to do a little hiking prep, e.g. to see how she handles the packing part.

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    I did two things that helped my wife like backpacking: first, I read up on "lightweight backpacking" and figured out how to get our 3-day packs down to 25 lb for me, 20 lb for her. We also went pack shopping. I strongly recommend you let your wife choose her own pack by trying a few on. You can help by recommending volume & weight capacity for her, and then at a sporting goods store you can have someone measure her back. You can load up the packs she's interested in with pillows & weights to simulate the load, then have her walk around the store for a few minutes with different sizes & brands of packs.

    Your wife might surprise you with what she chooses. My wife's a fitness instructor with broad shoulders & narrow hips for a woman, and she ended up picking a men's Gregory pack that I wouldn't have guessed she'd like. Every lady friend I've helped with backpack shopping has chosen a different pack.

    One other thing that helped my wife like backpacking was introducing her to stuffsacks and ziplock bags. She used to just toss everything into her pack and hated having to dig around. Now everything stays organized.
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