So the Family headed out for a 7.6 mile hike to Moat Mountain Mineral Site http://alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/moat-mountain-mineral-site. The description is vague and there are alternate trails that we explored first so we only made it halfway to the Mineral Site but plan to return when we can get an earlier start. By the time we made it to the Mineral Site it was already 4 pm, and with two kids in tow decided to head back before sunset at 6:06 pm. It was an easy trail with gradual elevation gain. I think the Mineral Site is only about 300 ft elevation.
I decided to load out my TAD Fast Pack Litespeed for a little test run before deciding to use it for an overnight excursion. Some of the gear included was a little redundant but I just tried to fill it as much as possible with things we might use that day and others we could bring for longer treks just to fill out the pack and see how comfortable it would be for a day hike.
A brief overview includes-
5.11 pack jacket and gloves http://www.511tactical.com/
Adventure Medical Kit “Field Truama” http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/product.php?catname=Professional&prodname=Tactical%20Field/Trauma%20with%20QuikClot%C2%AE%20&product=188
GSI Pinnacle Dualist Cookset www.gsioutdoors.com/
Sea to Summit water bladder, dry pak, aluminum spork http://www.seatosummit.com/
Rothco Paracord http://www.rothco.com/category/rothco-Paracord
Leatherman Multi-tool http://www.leatherman.com/
Streamlight Protac 1AA http://www.streamlight.com/en-us/product/product.html?pid=199
Last Ditch Effort Battery Case 8AA http://www.lastditcheffortgear.com/
Klean Kanteen http://www.kleankanteen.com/
2x Wise 4 serving Freeze Dried Meals http://wisefoodstorage.com/freeze-dried-food.html
2 Gearpods http://www.gearpods.com/
Gearpods are pretty neat, cheap, effective storage tube that can be attached to packs via MOLLE attachment with the sleeve attachment and provide waterproof storage for many different items.
I had 1 pod filled with-
SOL Emergency Bivvy http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/product.php?product=144
water purification tablets
the 2nd pod contained-
MSR microrocket canister stove http://www.cascadedesigns.com/msr/stoves/rapid-cooking/microrocket/product
magnesium firestarter, cotton tinder, waterproof/windproof lighter, waterproof matches
With the pack fully loaded and doing about 5 miles I never felt fatigued in the shoulders or lower back like I have experienced with other packs. It conforms to the body quite well, and I probably had it over-packed a little as it works the best as a day pack but it did not affect my comfort whatsoever. I still had more external loops I could attach a light weight tent and poles and plan to do so for an overnight hike in the future. I do enjoy this pack and would recommend it to others. You can get one here- http://store.tripleaughtdesign.com/Equipment/Packs-And-Pouches/FAST-Pack-Litespeed