From New England/ Baltimore
Oct 7, 2012
I'm considering a MEC Alpinelite 85 purchase. I know the Alpinelite 30 is well regarded as a great value. I could use a larger pack that would be a general use pack - cragging, camping, winter multidays, etc. The MEC Alpinelite 85 seems like it could cover these bases well enough for only $110. I went camping the other weekend with camping gear, double rack, two ropes, food, 4L water, and beer, and really was wishing I had a larger, comfortable pack for it all. I'd want to be able to carry 50lbs comfortably. Here's how I currently see it:
Pros: inexpensive, lightweight, simple design, longitudinal access zipper
Cons: not super durable, suspension not great (?), minimalist design
I'd be very interested to hear the opinions of others who have used this pack or similar packs. For a fit reference, I'm a tall thin 6'3" and 175lbs. Maybe I should just get an Arc'teryx Bora 85 for camping/hiking and an MEC Alpinelite 60 for minimalist alpine style stuff?