Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stuff sack converts to day pack.

A lot of my backpacking in the Sierras involves a backpack to base camp at 10,000 or 12,000 feet.

Overnight then a day hike to bag a peak.

Another overnight and then home the next day.

On peak-bagger days in the past, I've emptied most of the contents of my backpack and used that for the day. This is not ideal because my 80-liter backpack is bulky, awkward, likes to snag in tight places, and is heavier empty than I'd like.

Then earlier this year, I was delighted to find REI's Flash 18 minimalist day pack. Even my winter -10F sleeping bag fits in it.

The Flash 18 holds 18 liters and weighs 11 ounces. My regular sleeping bag stuff sack weighs 3 ounces, so I added net 8 ounces to the load up to base camp. But at $34 it's worth every ounce. I picked mine up on sale for $18.

The straps are light but comfortable and keep sweat from accumulating.

The sternum and waist straps keep the pack well-adjusted and tight to the body for better balance and minimum clearance in tight spaces.

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