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    Default What pack do you use and how much does it weigh?

    My pack and gear weight is at about 28 lbs (before food and water). I notice many people saying they are around 18lbs - 22lbs. I am struggling to lower my base weight. Rather than ask advice on individual items, I though I would ask about the pack only. I have a couple of luxury items that most don't carry and don't want it debate those items.

    I am using an medium Osprey Aether 60 that comes in at 76oz (4lb 12oz). I suspect this is heavier than many used by others. What do you use and how much does it weigh? I know this type of question has been asked before. Most of the time I see people ask "what is the best" type questions. I don't think this returns entirely honest answers. Rather than ask what is your dream pack, I want to know what is your real pack.
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    I have the Granite Gear Crown VC60. 2 lbs, 2 oz. It's a good comfortable pack that will easily carry 30 lbs.

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    JanSport Klamath 75 - 3 lbs - 14 oz. Used to be an Alaska Tall - 7+ pounds !
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    Mostly I use a Granite Gear Cornice, about 3 lbs, long out of production. Not sure of the volume, but small. For bulky winter loads, a Dana Terraplane (HEAVY!)
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    Kelty Coyote 75 - Just under six pounds. I'm not thrilled about my choice now, it will be replaced eventually... But if I ever do a longer trip requiring a heavier base weight it will be good to have.

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    Jansport Klamath 68 - 3 lbs 12 oz. Wishing it would hurry up and wear out so I can justify a ULA Circuit 2 lbs 7 oz to my wife.

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    ULA Circuit here! Best pack I have had yet!!

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    I'm still using an old discontinued Gossamer Gear G5 which weighs 9 oz. I am disappointed I can't replace it so I keep fixing it.
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    REI Flash 62 at 3 lbs, I have been interested in a cuban/carbon fiber frame pack here at under a pound http://www.zpacks.com/backpacks/arc_blast.shtml

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    I needed a bigger pack for my JMT hike to accomodate my bear canister and I ended up buying a women's 85L Terrano (Men's 90L were out of stock at the time) from GoLite. It fits my 6' 3" frame nicely and weighs 3 lbs, 14 oz. For $99 this was a steal.
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    Okay, I'll play. Mariposa Plus with the internal frame. Weighs 22.3 ounces.

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    Jansport Katahdin 50 L weighing in at 2 lbs 1 oz. Base gear weight of 15 lbs. 14 oz.

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    Granite Gear Virga. Listed at 19oz. I have the long which weighs in at 23.5oz on my home scale.

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    osprey exos 58...2lbs 8oz....used on my 2011 sobo...easily carried 30lbs....best pack i have ever used and i own 6..gregory..go lite..lowe alpine...etc

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    My favorate pack is an REI CRUISE UL @ 3 lb 3 oz. Saddly, this is also a discontinued pack. Looks like I'll have about a 16 pound base weight when I get to Springer middle of April for a 500 mile walk. Fully loaded, headed out of town I rarely go over 23 pounds.

    I also have an Osprey Aether 60 and it is my least favorate pack. For some reason it just doesn't fit me right. Plus it's really heavy.
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    My main multiday/thru hiking pack is an Osprey Exos 34(34 oz), but i'm currently looking to upgrade to something frameless/lightly framed. I love the pack, but my base weight is low enough (8.5 with 2+ being backpack) where i dont need a framed pack.

    problem is I can't find any packs I like!

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    I have a ULA Catalyst. Weight without the hand loops and hydration sleeve is 45.8 ounces. I bought this for my JMT thru hike. I probably would have gone with the Circuit if I wasn't planning lots of hiking in the Sierra with the bear can requirement. I have yet to fully test the pack but initial day hike with about 22 pounds (simulating base weight plus a couple days of food) went very well.

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    ULA circuit, with hand loops removed & hydration sleeve got me down to 36.8 oz...great pack!

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    Golite Quest, 3.5lbs. I like having a relatively large outside pocket for my tarp, so I can get it out in the rain without opening the rest of my bag. This pack isn't the best overall, but I believe its one of the best values based on getting it on sale.

    Now, what you should really be asking is what is on everybody's "wish list" = which is for me was ULA, but I've got a roving eye on the cuben packs.
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    Default What pack do you use and how much does it weigh?

    +1 on the ULA Catalyst, opted for it vs. the Circuit to have a bit more room in cold weather. Wore out my old ULA P2 ..... Overall hard to beat IMO
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