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Weekend Pack For Giants

Postby Tom Kenney » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:48 am

I'm looking for a weekend pack (3000-4000 CI) that is reasonably light, without a bunch of geegaws and doodads, but must fit giants reasonably well. I'm 6'3", and have found it difficult to get a pack that fits. My last weekend pack, a Gregory Rock Lobster, didn't quite fit even though it was size XL. Can anyone recommend something that fits tall people? Do I have to get a custom fit?

Thanks!

TK
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Re: Weekend Pack For Giants

Postby adventurer » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:02 pm

Sir, are you sure that your measuring yourself properly for pack fit? While 6'3" is tall, I wouldn't describe it as giant. I'm 6'2" and there are several guys here on SP (DayHiker comes to mind) that are 6'4" or taller.

I've never had a problem finding a comfortable fitting pack of any size. Some times a medium works for me as sometimes a large but never an XL.

If you haven't already done so, you might try going to REI or some other outlet and getting properly measured.
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Re: Weekend Pack For Giants

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:34 pm

Proper pack fit has less to do with one's overall height, but more to due with the length of the spine. Here is a link to expert pack builder and fitter Dan McHale's page on measuring: http://www.mchalepacks.com/packs/detail/measure.htm

If you can't find a good fit with an off the rack pack, I recommend you give Dan a call. While his packs are expensive they will fit perfectly and will outlast any other pack on the market by a factor of ten.
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Re: Weekend Pack For Giants

Postby Tom Kenney » Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:08 pm

Thanks for the info. Will look into a custom fit. I've only had 2 packs in the last 25 years that I'd consider a good fit. One was a Kelty Super-Tioga, and the other a Gregory Palisade (the old one with no crap on the outside). Both were XL. The Gregory lasted me for 15 years, and fit like a comfy wetsuit!
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