« on: September 16, 2014, 07:22:29 PM »
3. overnight hike: I had been using the f/stop gear Satori, really a great pack, plenty of space for camping stuff if you use one of the smaller inserts. I made straps to attach a large tripod to the center front of the pack. However, I found the pack fit not right for me for half-day or longer hikes with 30+ pounds (15+ kg). As it turns out, the effective torso length is 18", about average for a man, slightly larger than average for a woman. I, however, have a torso length of 14", and that is enough difference that no amount of strap adjustment and load adjustment will make the pack ride right. So, this year I will be trying an ordinary backpacking pack in women's extra-small (Osprey Ariel 65), and again fiddle with home-made rig to hold tripod to pack. The Osprey pack has a J-shaped front-panel access, so I will probably try to sling the tripod diagonally to preserve access.
A lot of ladies sing the praises of Osprey packs....