Durable 50L+ pack for trainhopping? (1 Viewer)

loathsomeginger

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I'm about to take a backpacking and trainhopping trip to the South Caucasus, specifically Georgia and Armenia. I've owned a number of packs over the years and none of them felt truly durable enough for trainhopping. I'm talking throwing your pack off a moving rail car onto ballast, throwing your pack over fences, getting torn by chain link and barbed wire, etc.

I'm about 6'3" and 195 lbs and looking for a 50 liter+ pack. Can anyone recommend something relatively durable and bulletproof under $300? I've been looking at Mystery Ranch packs but goddayum are they expensive. Anyone got any rail-tested recommendation for me?

Thanks in advance.
 
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I haven't tested it trainhopping because I couldn't imagine having such a large bag; but I've had a Gregory Denali 75L for the last 10 years. I've torn it up, thrown it around 20 miles into the bush and its still as good as I day I bought it.
 

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I haven't tested it trainhopping because I couldn't imagine having such a large bag; but I've had a Gregory Denali 75L for the last 10 years. I've torn it up, thrown it around 20 miles into the bush and its still as good as I day I bought it.
I've got an old Gregory now that the bottom has almost worn away on. Just bought a 60L Deuter and wasn't impressed by the materials for the money. I'll take a look at the Denali.
 

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ILBE military pack. Fuck Amazon for a buy. Check offerup.com and others. Going to the motherland, 'eh? At 6'3" issues will be ANY internal frame other than high dollar like Erblestock, et all.

You ever rode a train before? You know it's a narrower gauge there and an American would prove to be most interesting.

Just my 2 cents. на здоровье
 

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ILBE military pack. Fuck Amazon for a buy. Check offerup.com and others. Going to the motherland, 'eh? At 6'3" issues will be ANY internal frame other than high dollar like Erblestock, et all.

You ever rode a train before? You know it's a narrower gauge there and an American would prove to be most interesting.

Just my 2 cents. на здоровье

I've ridden all over the US. LA to Atlanta, Oakland to Chicago, LA to Seattle, etc. Southern Transcon, Overland Route, Meridian Speedway, Sunset Route, etc. I've got some miles under my belt. And yep, I'm aware of the differences in rail gauge, hope to link up with Russian trainhoppers if possible.

Ended up going with a large black Osprey Kestrel 58: https://www.osprey.com/us/en/product/kestrel-58-KESTREL58S19.html.
 

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