Backpacks

On the left: the gear loadout and backpack for my Hawaii backpacking adventure. 

The gear, on the upper half, from left to right: Tent, sleeping bag, headlamp, waterfilter, stove and pot, spoon, 2 waterflasks, NeoAir, silk sleeping bag liner (used in hostles).

Clothing on the lower half. I sure didn't need the balaclava and gloves :-)

I went camping and backpacking on Hawaii, but also stayed at hostles and hotels. All the camping gear went with me on the trail, but some of the spare clothing I stored at one of the hotels.

 

The Osprey Kestrel 38 was the backpack I used for this trip.


Lowe Alpine, Cerro Torre

ND 55 + 15

Meanwhile my longest serving backpack. 12 years old.
Literally the beast of burden under my backpacks. Has been with me on adventures in countless countries, summer, winter, above and under ground (multi-day caving tour).  Has been merciless bumped around in loading hatches and on cargo belts.
Despite years of hard wear and tear, the internal frame, the straps, belt and cordura material are still holding up. Amazing.



Osprey, Kestrel 38

The mid-size backpack. Ideal for multi-day hut tours. And maybe more. It was my backpack of choice for three weeks Hawaii. Enough room to fit all my camping gear, including tent, sleep system, cook set, food, spare clothes. (also see photo above, with spread out gear)
Unfortunately, the hip-belt is a bit too wide for my size. It won't hold on my hip but slips down. Not a problem during winter tours, when my hips are a bit more padded with warmer clothing, but during summer it's a bit of a problem. Wish I had taken it a smaller size. They are available in different back length. 



Fjällräven, Kaipack 28

My newest purchase. To replace my previous day pack (a Deuter), which was worn out after years of use.

In Zion National Park a squirell tried to chew threw it. The 65/35 polyester-cotton mix material didn't take a scratch from its teeth. Look at those big sad eyes after its failed raid (photo left). It hoped making pitiful eyes would get it a reward.