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Thread: Backpack lid or top options?
Backpack lid or top options?
If a backpacker wanted to add 400 cubic inches to their day pack to transform it into a weekend pack - what backpack lid or top options out there?
I found one from Granite Gear that I ordered, and will see about integrating into my existing packs: http://www.granitegearstore.com/Line...d-P268C53.aspx
Anyone used the above, or others?
You can get the Kifaru lids seperately or run an e&e as a lid. I don't see why you couldn't use any of their pockets as a lid depending on pack size, would have to do a little DIY to them.
I would say think about what you really want out of it and then start thinking outside the box.
The one above does look like it will get the job done. Let us know what you think when you get it.
If your savvy with a sewing machine you can sew some molle/pals webbing onto the top of your pack and add a large kifaru pocket on there. I'm going to add some webbing onto the sides of my terminus to add kifaru pockets on both sides. Going to be a chore but will be worth it in the end run to have all my ditty gear and phone etc on the outside organized in pockets.
I didn't know that Kifaru and MR sold them, cool. The MR one is huge! A whole new pack almost. Might have to try a couple, if the extra 400 CI's doesn't cut it. Thanks for the advice.
If anyone else has done this on a more streamlined pack, let me know which route you took, e.g. 1500 ci pack + 500 ci lid, and how it worked out.
I pretty much gutted the mr lid too. Cut out the shoulder straps, all the excess material. Don't know what the official weight is, but next to the standard lid on my Metcalf its significant.
Personally if I want to use a day pack I like the idea of my stuff sack doing the double duty though. The OR dry comp bag I've used works great for this and pretty large at 1500+ cu in and works great as a dry sack for your sleeping bag and clothes while hiking in and if you want to use it as a day pack from camp it'll keep everything dry as well.
Has a sternum and waistbelt that converts into compression straps when in stuff sack mode and pockets on straps on the lid to hold tripods and spotters or whatever else you want to strap to the outside of a day pack.
No wrong way about it. Just another option to look into.