Since its been a little while since the latest posts in this thread, I would like to solicit input again for best packrafting packs for 5-7 day packraft trips. I'm an avid backpacker, but just starting packrafting. For backpacking, I have most recently been using an REI Flash pack.
Current Pack (Not Ideal)
REI Flash (A couple year's agos model).
Similar to: http://www.rei.com/product/778468
Weight: <3 lbs
Pros: Relatively low weight, low cost
Cons: A bit on the small side for an extended trip with a packraft. I'd definitely be strapping extra stuff to the outside. I'm also a little worried about durability.
Pack's I'm considering:
Mountain Laurel Designs Ark 4400http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/sh ... ucts_id=97
Benefits: Lowest weight (~17.5 oz!), Reasonable price. Sounds like decent durability?
Cons: Limited weight carrying capacity (at least according the the website). Might be painful loaded with a raft and food for 6 days? Probably ok for shorter trips, or trips with reasonable weather? Can anyone who uses this pack pipe in to state their opinion on weight carrying comfort.
GoLite Pinaclehttp://www.golite.com/Product/ProdDetai ... 76&t=&lat=
Benefits: Also low weight, slight cost savings
Cons: ?? How's the weight capacity/durability?
GoLite Questhttp://www.golite.com/Product/ProdDetai ... 75&t=&lat=
Benefits: Better load capacity
Cons: More weight (obviously)
Weight: 3 lbs 1 oz
Benefits: Designed for packrafting?! 'Waterproof', Light, but still has 'stays', Durable design (don't tear up your pack as much at least)?
Cons: Most Expensive, relatively low recommended weight?
Weight: 2lbs (Does this include the weight of the drybag? Guessing not?
Size: 65L (DryBag) + (~ 5-15L 'other' including packraft strapped on the bottom?
Other suggestions, and any additional input on the above packs would be appreciated.http://www.ula-equipment.com/catalyst.asp