The Silverback:

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, Hunting, Packs | 0

This is the new Gossamer Gear 58 litre pack. Total weight (Medium) 1060 grams with removable options, ie bare = 595 grams (ie without lid, hipbelt pad and frame). This new pack is the ‘Big Daddy’ of the Gossamer Gear … Continued

Hip Belts:

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, How To Guide, Hunting, Packs | 0

On packs can often weigh more than the pack I usually carry (a Zpacks Zero in Dyneema at 300 grams with pad sleeves, tent, bottle and back pocket, & various other mods such as gear attachment straps, internal pockets, etc) … Continued

Pimping a Gorilla:

You can readily shave around 300 grams off Gossamer Gear’s Gorilla (http://gossamergear.com/gorilla-ultralight-backpack-all-bundle.html or Mariposa, etc) backpack by taking out the aluminium stay, removing the hipbelt and replacing it with an ultralight webbing belt, and replacing the Sitlight pad with an … Continued

Backpacking Gear Advice: The Three ‘Biggies’:

I wrote this in reply to a query from a reader about what backpack, tent, sleeping bag he should buy. As you can see, I do not always recommend people ‘buy’. Hi (Reader) – and Thanks. As you can probably … Continued

A Tardis, Folding Space: Sea to Summit Ultrasil Compression Sacks

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, Hunting, Packs | 0

How to Fit More in Your Pack: ‘Ultralight’ is not just about weight. It can also be about how to do more with less. In this case I am thinking eg of using a 13 litre Sea to Summit compression … Continued

A Gorilla in the Hand:

I have been giving my new Gossamer Gear Gorilla Backpack a test run. All the gear and food for a couple of days for myself and my dog do fit in the smaller (40 + 8 litre pack) – as … Continued

The Best Laid Schemes

(As Robbie Burns opined) “o’ Mice an’ Men. Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain” (‘To a Mouse’: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43816). The photo of Spot and I testing out the new Klymit packraft (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/klymit-packraft/) on the farm dam … Continued

Fitting Your Backpack:

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, How To Guide, Hunting, Packs | 0

This is really good advice. Apart from having a backpack which is too heavy and too large, the next biggest mistake people make is not having chosen/made it the correct torso length, then not having put it on correctly: http://gossamergear.com/wp/how-to-size-and-fit-an-ultralight-backpack … Continued

Sleeping Pad Pack Frame:

If you don’t own a Gossamer gear pack but want to add an Air beam to another frameless pack for load transfer you could try this idea: http://www.zpacks.com/large_image.shtml?backpacks/options/sleeping_pad_l.jpg We added this system ourselves with some elastic to a pack (plus … Continued

Backpack Repairs:

posted in: Backpacking, Equipment, Hiking, Packs | 0

You may have noticed this photo in one of my recent posts about the South Coast Track: Della making stirling efforts to repair my backpack under trying conditions: overcast, rain, sandflies etc at the Waitutu Hut; a woman to die … Continued

Ultralight Hunting Daypack Update:

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, Hunting, Packs | 0

  Need a tougher daypack? Some folks have commented that they want a tougher pack than say the Osprey (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/osprey-ultralight-stuff-pack/) or Sea to Summit (http://www.seatosummit.com.au/products/outdoor/ultrasil-dry-day-pack/) or Zpacks Zero (http://www.zpacks.com/backpacks/zero.shtml) so they can carry lots of meat/etc betimes (and are happy … Continued

Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack:

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, Hunting, Packs | 0

Great new hiking day pack: 18 litres, three compartments, water bottle pocket, 90 grams assorted colours, available: http://www.backpackinglight.com.au/ I think you could squeeze an overnight trip into it. Worth a try anyway. Add it to the suggestions here: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/hunting-daypack/

Segmented: Stuff Sack Organizes Your Gear

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, How To Guide, Hunting, Packs | 0

The SegSac has internal dividers to keep clothes and gear from floating around in your pack or luggage. http://gearjunkie.com/segsac-stuff-sack See also: http://gobigear.com/products/the-hoboroll-pinyon-pine

Klymit Air Beam Inflatable Pack Frame Update:

After initially failing to inflate the pad from totally flat by mouth, I staggered to the incorrect conclusion that I needed some artificial means of inflation – hence the post about making an adapter for a Platypus bottle (which would … Continued

Air Beam Pad:

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, Hunting, Packs | 0

I have always used Gossamer’ Gear’s ‘Sitlight’ pad as padding and partial load transfer in my GG and Zpacks packs. This new pad beats them hands down for comfort and getting that weight down onto your hips where it belongs. … Continued

Ultralight Pack:

posted in: Backpacking, Hiking, Hunting, Packs | 0

It is quite difficult to buy a sub-600 gram pack (@55 litre) ‘off the shelf’ for reasonable money. I have tried a number over the years and would not carry anything else. The ‘list’ below is not exhaustive but intended … Continued

1 2