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Offline northlandiguana

Crossover pannier/backpack?
« on: October 23, 2010, 08:03:37 pm »
I'm planning a tour next summer starting in the Pacific Northwest and heading east through the mountains. I'm going to be in some areas where I'll want to park the bike for a few days and pack in on foot, so I need some sort of pannier system that can double as a backpack suitable for a couple nights in the backcountry. I've been doing some shopping online, and came across a few items. I really like the look of Ortleib panniers, which they have a fairly inexpensive day pack converter I can buy for, but my concern with those is the lack of waist belt and whether I could attach a tent/sleeping bag to the outside. I also looked at Nashbar's Action Pack n Pannier, which has a waist strap, but the website says it's only 640 cubic inches (though the pictures make it look bigger), which I would have a real concern about being big enough. Brule Mountain Gear's Backcountry Panpack looks like exactly what I'm after, but at $319 not including the padded straps, I think it's a bit out of my price range. Anybody have any personal experience or recommendations?

Offline staehpj1

Re: Crossover pannier/backpack?
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010, 10:44:53 am »
If I were to do that, I think I would probably just use my regular panniers and strap the (empty) backpack in top of the rear rack.

That said I am more inclined to forgo the backpack and just do either very short hikes or at most day hikes when on tour.  On my most recent tour we did spend a week in Yosemite (much of it hiking), but returned to Camp 4 every night.

Peaceandcycle

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Re: Crossover pannier/backpack?
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2010, 11:16:25 am »
Hey I'm also on a bind for "luggage" I really dont know what to get..
I found a couple of websites that offer pannier and backpacks?
Which one is more practical?
http://www.rei.com/category/40005609
and this one
http://www.twenga.com/price-panniers-cycling.html
I really don't know what to get..  I hope someone can help me out...
Thanks again

have a great day:)

Offline John Nelson

Re: Crossover pannier/backpack?
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2010, 01:00:22 pm »
Peaceandcycle, what do you plan to do with it? Every product is fit for some purpose, so it just depends on your purpose.

Peaceandcycle

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Re: Crossover pannier/backpack?
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2010, 12:06:14 pm »
well carrying lunches, water, maps, and maybe a small tent and a small sleeping bag.. my friends an I want to go on a trip and camp under the stars... and I really dont feel like dragging everything so maybe theres something on the market that is all in one :)

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Crossover pannier/backpack?
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2010, 12:28:55 pm »
well carrying lunches, water, maps, and maybe a small tent and a small sleeping bag.

Up to "tent and sleeping bag" I was going to suggest a cheap book bag or messenger bag; not much padding, a few ounces, and stash it in a pannier.

When you toss in a tent and bag, that obviously won't be big enough, and you're looking at a real backpack.  I like the idea of strapping a backpack onto a rack, except the pack will weigh a pound (or three) instead of 1/4 to 1/2 a pound.  I'm afraid that throws you into the "figure out what YOU want to do and what compromises YOU are willing to make" category, as nobody else can do that for you.

Offline cyclocamping

Re: Crossover pannier/backpack?
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2010, 04:27:09 pm »
I did several 3-day hiking trips while on a bike trip using one of my pannier and the Ortlieb Carrying System for Panniers. It is not as good a true hiking backpack but it is a much lighter option and it has a waist belt as well as a chest one and the shoulder straps are actually very comfortable. I use a strap to attach my tent to it, and I use the closure sytem of the panniers to attach a sleeping bag or a jacket. It worked out well for me.
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Offline Olhiker2

Re: Crossover pannier/backpack?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2010, 12:14:13 pm »
 You might try looking at <http://www.zpacks.com/backpacks.shtml> for one of the lightest backpacks availiable that you can just roll or fold it up to the size of a water bottle and stick it in a Pannier. Their backpacks are the real deal and carry loads of 20 to 30 lbs. but the packs only weigh 7 to 13 oz. I have an older "Z1" that is made out of Sil nylon and I am very comfortable taking it on treks carrying 19 lbs.
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