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Pack for hut to hut trip?

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I'm going on a hut trip in South America later this summer and looking for a pack that will have enough room to carry the usual avalanche gear plus a sleeping bag/sleeping pad/small stove/etc.


Is there an avalanche airbag pack that would meet this requirement?  They generally seem to be on the smaller side (~40L seems to be the biggest that I've found) relative to backpacking packs.  My understanding is that the airbag eats some of this room so is 40L enough for a couple nights in the backcountry?

 

Thanks,


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Yes, it's enough
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I have an ABS vario that I have used on 3 hut trips that required long skins in (used it on a few others that I got a lift in) with the 40L pack.  This has worked fine for me with judicious packing.  At least with the vario design, it is not a great pack to go large with because the bag tends to fall away from the pack.  the twin airbags limit the amount of compression straps to tighten the load onto the pack.

 

Packs are an item that I think it is great to try out in person in the store if you can.  Haul in all the gear you think you might bring.  Adjust the pack to your body, stuff the things in and see how it feels.

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