What is the best Big Bag?!?

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Real Name: Andy Court
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What is the best Big Bag?!?

Post by Andy » Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:40 pm


I recently broke my mom's old backpack by loading it with heavy highline gear.

I want to buy a new pack that would work for carrying heavy loads on one day missions ... Highlining!

I'd also want to use it for long hikes like a 7 day mission in the Ceadeberg or hiking the Grand traverse in the Drakensberg.

Ontop of this, I would like to travel with it overseas, and in the future do long trekking trips with it.

At the moment i'm looking at 3 bags:
karrimor Jaguar 75-95L http://www.karrimor.com/rucsacs/backpac ... flame.html

Black Diamond Mission 75L http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/cli ... lt#start=8

Osprey Aether 70 http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/m ... her_70_1_1

Please let me know what you think of these packs and of any others that are you think are great. Any and all advice would be appreciated as i see this as a investment for the future.

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Real Name: Christo Snyman

Re: What is the best Big Bag?!?

Post by Chris » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:14 pm

Disclaimer (I do work for Adventure Inc so I am biased towards Osprey)

The Aether 70 should be a pretty good bet for you. Osprey is especially known for their big packs, an area where they have very dominant market share (USA) and the Aether and Xenith help build this reputation. It is a well spec'ed pack, which is still remarkably light weight for it's size and it also comes with custom fit in both back lengths and moldable hip belts. There much more but check out online.

I recon the biggest benefit we offer in ALL Osprey packs is our All Mighty Guarantee, which guarantee the packs for life. This is a true lifetime warranty, we will fix or replace ANY pack, regardless of when/where it was bought or how it got damaged.

http://www.adventureinc.co.za/news/ospr ... guarantee/

Give me a shout if you have questions
p.s. It is worth noting that this warranty applies to 98% of countries where Osprey is sold. If you buy your pack in South Africa and pick up issues in USA or Europe you can contact the local agent and vice versa off course
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Re: What is the best Big Bag?!?

Post by Justin » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:18 pm

I see Christo beat me to it!

I have an Osprey Aether 70 and can't fault it. The 'Almighty Guarantee' is a big plus (especially if you plan on going overseas where the airport luggage guys use knives to release snagged luggage.
I've had my bag for about 6 years now and gone through the bush backwards a couple of times, loaded it heavily and placed sharp objects inside - still going strong.

I have not used the Karrimor or BD bags.
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