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    Default Need help with picking lighter pack

    Until recently I've been using a kelty redwing 44 for summer and a a kelty coyote 80 for winter (which has a psychological pain associates with it due to size). I'm looking to go lighter and am looking at either a ula circuit or gg mariposa. I love the large side pocket on the mariposa so I can store my tarp and maybe even hammock outside of the pack. My summer base weight, not including pack, is between 14 to 15 pounds. I read the new mariposa is more durable, but the ula seems to be more solid all around. Any help or input would be appreciated.

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    Also check out the ZPacks options. Great packs, very light, but well made.

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    $265 is my absolute max. So that eliminates zpack, unfortunately.

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    I used the ULA Catalyst in Colorado last September. I carried my MSR Hubba Hubba NX in it's stuff sack with one end in the lower side pocket and the upper end under the upper compression strap. Either one of those pockets will hold a Nalgene 3 quart soft canteen with a bit of space left over.
    I didn't have a scale at the trailhead, but I estimate that I left the car with 3 liters of water and a full 7 days food and a pack weight in the 35-40 pound range. The Catalyst was very capable from 10,200' to 12,200' and back down. Coming from a Dana Design Terraplane I was impressed by the Catalyst and the way it handled the load.
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    There are a lot of good options but I'm super happy with my new Catalyst. I take a lot but am trying to get weight and bulk down a bit. I am able to have 1 week worth of food and 2L of water in it and keep it at 35 lbs and it carries great. I think that is a reasonable example of light but not ultra light. The bonus is that I got it thinking of it as a summer/shoulder season pack sizing down from Aether 70, but it holds enough volume for me to do a 3-4 day winter hike around here.
    If you just want one arrow in your quiver, I think the Catalyst fits the bill and is worth a long look.

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    I'd save 290 and look at hyperlite mountain gear I love mine. Nice size outer pockets. I could have fit my stuff in the 2400, but I got the 3400. But 15lbs I'd bet the the 2400 would be big enough. I just did a 14 mile day yesterday with 25 and did well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterParty View Post
    I'd save 290 and look at hyperlite mountain gear I love mine. Nice size outer pockets. I could have fit my stuff in the 2400, but I got the 3400. But 15lbs I'd bet the the 2400 would be big enough. I just did a 14 mile day yesterday with 25 and did well.
    The 3400 Southwest is $330 now.
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    I have the GG Mariposa and love it. Large pack and medium belt fits me as I'm 5'9" and 180lbs. My base weight is 16 lbs and everything fits. Including 5 days of food, I'm at 26 lbs and it manages that comfortably. The tent side pocket is great.

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    Love my ULA Ohm. Considering the Circuit as a second pack.

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