Originally Posted by VaderDave
I just finished a six-day backpacking trip. My pack is a 50L, and FWIW it was just about right for traveling light and fast (most of my gear is very lightweight). I don't think I could have fit everything comfortably into a 40L pack. Most of the people on the trip had 65L packs.
I've got a larger backpacking pack...it is pretty old and there have been some pretty cool modern designs, but it is perfectly good so I am not replacing it yet.
I'm specifically looking for something a bit less technical to replace a pack I use at least once a week just to carry crap/gear on my motorcycle, as well as use on certain types of vacations. Needs to be able to fit as a carryon and be a panel-loader rather than a top loader. 40L is about the minimum that can hold my lifejacket and some sailing gear or deal with a week+ non-camping international trip. Mostly just want a giant space to throw crap...not a lot of compartments or organization. Something I can ride to home depot with, fill with crap, and ride home with something tall sticking out of the top. Might not be organizationally perfect for travel, but I travel with it once a year, and carry shit with it once a week or mroe.
Had it narrowed down to an osprey farpoint 40
or Ozone 46
after eliminating the Porter series for being too dorky looking. Eliminated some north face/REI/patagonia models that just wouldn't work or had stupid features.
Was looking like it would be the Ozone 46 since the farpoint is a little too travel oriented and has too many suitcase features...but then I found these mountainsmith packs.
The Mountainsmith Approach 40 and 50. Pretty sweet packs. Waistbelt can be removed/tucked away for just kicking around. Mostly just has one big compartment. Only problem is that the 40L might be a little small/narrow for my needs, and the 50L is getting too big (and I don't think is carryon legal if it is completely full). 50% cheaper than the osprey pack too, but feels more heavy duty.