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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Quote Originally Posted by David Schaller View Post
    I am using an original Dana Terraplane, for my 8x10, and Bomb packs for 4x5.
    Ha, I'm still running a Bozeman-era Astralplane on an XL frame as my winter hiking bag--I've tricked it out with an aftermarket hipbelt and shoulder harness, but I'm guessing it will swallow Bryan's 20x14 Wisner with no problem. (MR is currently making a new version, the T 100, but I'm not sure of the pack bag dimensions.)

    Otherwise, for myself my dayhiking loadout is the same as my light backpacking load so I tend toward larger packs, anyway.

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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Anyone ever look at something like this? I would guess that a 5x12 would fit in there.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...b7d47f9e8c31e0

    Not actually a backpack, but it looks rugged.
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    that mountain ranch terraframe looks interesting but is sold out everywhere. Their 55L duffle has shoulder straps but no waist belt, but since this gear is much lighter than my 4x5 kit it may suffice. The Coulee doesn't compress and the scree is too small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by esearing View Post
    but is sold out everywhere.
    As I was telling wyofilm, my initial search showed that Campsaver.com had several of the MR packs we've been discussing, though their "Availability" search function is a bit kludgy. Here's a link to their MR page:
    https://www.campsaver.com/mystery-ranch-brand.html

    Teraframe 65 in XL
    Sawtooth 45 in all
    Beartooth 80 in medium

    At any rate, good luck with your search--and you definitely might check out the Sawtooth 45.

    Addendum: As Bryan will attest, I'm a bit of a pack obsessive: after another search for the Beartooth 80, Schnee's seemed to have a full range of sizes:
    https://schnees.com/beartooth-80/?gc...MaAsbZEALw_wcB

    Again, no experience with any of these vendors but hopefully something will present itself soon.

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    Mystery Ranch says more of the TerraFrame 50 coming mid February.
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Quote Originally Posted by esearing View Post
    Mystery Ranch says more of the TerraFrame 50 coming mid February.
    Excellent, I can and have lived without toilet paper, but this particular supply chain disruption seemed particularly harsh. Otherwise, I'll keep plumping for an 80L pack (at least) for y'all on the assumption that you can always compress a big pack if needed, but a smaller pack loaded to capacity for a sunny summer day can be a challenge during "shoulder season" or an impromptu overnight back-of-beyond, planned or no.

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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Found a store full of Mystery Ranch packs, Mission Source. They even had the Terraframe 50. The MR 3 zip packs have some design flaws.

    The Cons:
    1) TF 50 can not stand on its bottom unless fully loaded. Even fully loaded it tends to fall over.
    2) When you lay it down the hip belt is so stiff it basically lifts the bottom higher than the top, so that when you unzip it, all your stuff slides down to the top and out of the pack.
    3) if you were to use an ICU, most of it would be in the bottom of the pack and would have to be pulled out to access lenses or accessories.
    4) no way to attach a tripod except by just cinching it down on the side.

    The pros:
    it is a well made bag for hiking where you would not need to get in and out of it often. The Terraframe design would be ok for hunters but it seems like a lot of trouble and depending on the weight already in the pack could get outside heavy.
    Hip belt is thick and takes the weight to the point the shoulder straps do not even rest on the shoulders if you need a break.
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Quote Originally Posted by esearing View Post
    The MR 3 zip packs have some design flaws.
    Nice write up--there's really no substitute for trying on a pack with your preferred load-out. Otherwise, a few random thoughts:

    1.) I hadn't thought of the MR belt being problem, though they're certainly a company famous for throwing in a lot of padding. A hipbelt doesn't have to be overbuilt to transfer weight--I put Hill People Gear "Prairie Belts" on most of my packs for instance that are much lighter--but you might find you're running into market forces that equate bulk with mechanical efficiency.

    2.) It's definitely a pain "grounding" your pack here in the soggy Southeast, especially if it has to go suspension-down. One thing I do is to keep a contractor's trash bag in a belt pocket that I spread out on the ground before doffing the pack.

    3. Internal organization is a classic "no free lunch" scenario--I tend to accept a little extra weight and use various "load cells/stuff sacks" since it gives me a bit more control of the load. It would be interesting what you would think of using those in conjunction with, say, the Beartooth 80's 270-degree opening bag.

    I'll be interested in what you come up with!

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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Here is my basic 5x12 kit in a 20.5in x 13.5in box. Gear sits at 7.5in high inside the box.
    Camera wrapped, 3 holders in cases, 2 lenses in yellow bag, meter and notecards in small pouches.
    I tend to carry a few tools, gloves, and other small stuff in the pockets.

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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Eberlestock is expensive but they are made in America and well built. It takes a lot to sort through all of their packs on their website however they have a lot of unique designs. Made mostly for hunters and Military applications they do have some large pack options. If you find a model you like search for them used on evilbay. Sometimes they are half as much used.

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