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trekker22

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I'm gearing up during the off season for some major AT stretches next Spring. I'm looking at a High Sierra internal frame pack. Any experiences/opinions on their gear? Other recommendations if money were no object? If I were on a budget? Thx.
 

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Are any of these overnight or single day treks?

I think I bought some sort of a black diamond backpack last year .. trying to find the name of it - it's not a frame pack but it does have straps for carrying skis (not necessary if you are on AT bindings I suppose, unless you have to hike to the snow). It's compact but nice and durable. I'll see if i can find out the exact model #.
 

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I'm a big fan of Osprey packs. Very durable, well-made packs with a lot of versatility for use. Plus they come with a lifetime guarantee for all manufactured parts, meaning if anything breaks for any reason at any time they'll replace it for free.

I have the Viper 13 for summer day hikes/bikes/skiing and the Kestrel 58 for colder/overnight hikes.
 

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If you are planning on skiing any where that will require booting, I have three woods for you regarding your pack: Cross ski carry. Otherwise, get whatever you want that has enough volume for all your stuff.
 

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I'm gearing up during the off season for some major AT stretches next Spring. I'm looking at a High Sierra internal frame pack. Any experiences/opinions on their gear? Other recommendations if money were no object? If I were on a budget? Thx.

AT as in Appalachian Trail right? It has been a few years since I bought a new pack, but I think it kind of depends on your build and preference. I do like the Ospreys but they tend to be pretty pricey. I purchased 'The Works' made by Mystery Ranch quite a few years ago and have been very happy with it. It has been extremely durable and fits me great (I'm 6'2'' and about 200lbs).
 

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AT as in Appalachian Trail right? It has been a few years since I bought a new pack, but I think it kind of depends on your build and preference. I do like the Ospreys but they tend to be pretty pricey. I purchased 'The Works' made by Mystery Ranch quite a few years ago and have been very happy with it. It has been extremely durable and fits me great (I'm 6'2'' and about 200lbs).

Um, yeah I've got skiing on the brain too! :lol: Sorry about that.

Black Diamond does make some good internal packs, but I agree with Osprey. But hell, the best thing to do, especially with a trip this big, is to go to a store, keep an open mind, and try on some packs and go with the one that fits the best and has the features that you're going to use. It's kind of like sleeping bags and boots...go and try them on.
 
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