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im thinking about getting the altra 75 for weeklong trips. anyone have any commments on this model? is it worth the coin at $400 or can i get a similar pack for less. also looking at the bora.

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ok i ended up getting the arcteryx bora 80. i chose it because it has 2 ax loops and is somewhat water resistant. it has a compartment for the sleeping bad that is even more water resistant. ill be breaking it in with a 6 dayer in the wind rivers. let you all know how it holds up.

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80 liters seems excessive for week-long climbing trips. If you fill that pack up it is going to hurt! I carry a 55 liter pack on longer trips, as do most of my climbing partners. And I think our packs are a bit on the heavy side.

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The REI Labor Day sale flyer just came out and they advertise the Osprey Aether 70 for $199.99. I have the Aether 60 and love it...but get what you really want for fit and features. I just figured you might find some use for the extra $200. I tend to agree with sparverius though and have also got the Osprey Exos 58...around $220 and 2.5 pounds. As long as I don't go over 40 pounds of load, it is comfortable and more durable than it looks.

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+1 on not huge packs. I did the pickets traverse with a 4250 CI kelty. worked great, 9 days of food, rope, crampons, lots o shit. first day it was heavy (~50 pounds?) but by the end barely even felt it. I even jogged the last 2 miles of trail out goodell!

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Certainly depends if you need rock and/or glacier gear. If not, you can get by much smaller.

 

FWIW, I love my Altra 75... but I didnt pay $400 for it. At retail prices, there are some better values out there.

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