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Old 03-10-2011, 11:49 AM
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:10 AM
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I scored a great deal on Ebay for the Vaude Snow Walker 35. It had a ton of the features I was looking for and for a sub $50 pack shipped. I thought it was worth a go.



It had most if not all of the features I was looking for:

Air panel thingy on the back.
35L
Adjustable suspension for a long torso.
Waterproof.
Easy Snowshoe attachment.
Bladder holder.
Lightweight.

Time will tell, I was pretty leary of buying before being able to fit it, but the ones I did get to try on (Vaudes) all had plenty of adjustment to make them work.

The Vaudes are pretty nice though I hadn't heard of them good ol' McGukins carried them so I could fondle a few of them. German's make nice kit.

It should arrive today or tomorrow and I should get to try it out on Saturday.

I am not certain I won't pick up something more modular (molle based) for hunting and overnighters, but this seems to fit the bill well for now.

Thanks again!

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Old 03-16-2011, 11:40 AM
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Dave, you're scaring me. That's the exact same backpack I have (I can't see your pic, but I bought mine in 1999, which makes it about the same vintage as yours. I think a lot of Mountainsmith stuff is made in China these days, back in college my roommate worked there Not too impressed with their stuff any more
Is this the same pack you guys have?



As for buying a new pack, IMO I would go about it one of two ways, depending on the anticipated use and life expectancy. 1.) Watch steep and cheap and pick something up that's close to what you want for very little money. or 2.) Pay more money, and go into a shop, spend an hour, grab some packs, fill them with random stuff at REI to get them up to weight, and buy whichever one fits the best, regardless of brand.

I go through packs pretty quick so for some I'd just get a cheap one. Then you don't feel too bad if you lower it down a slickrock cliff in Escalante and wear a hole in it. On the flipside I bought a nice ski pack since that doesn't see quite the abuse from dirt/rock as my other packs.

Edit: see you bought something already so please disregard the above
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I scored a great deal on Ebay for the Vaude Snow Walker 35. It had a ton of the features I was looking for and for a sub $50 pack shipped. I thought it was worth a go.
I think Vaude has a pretty good product, post up what you think of it once you try it out a bit

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Is this the same pack you guys have?
That looks bigger, more like an Alpenfire or something. I resemble that remark about lowering packs down slickrock
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