7 comments on “MEC Cragosaurus Makeover

  1. Winter hiking is a different sport from 3 season UL. I’ve gotten over carrying the extra weight. It’s nice to have a functional backpack and save money.

    • In general, I don’t bother with UL on dayhikes, and this pack is most definitely a day-hiking pack. Since I got my RikSak from Gossamer Gear, I’ve been using that in 3-season day hikes, but less because it’s light, and more because I just like having simpler gear.

  2. Buying new gear is nice, but modifying existing gear is cool! My first winter pack was a modified Camp Trails Ponderosa external frame. In order to better fit my bulky winter gear I removed the internal divider. Liked it so much I used that pack for many years in all 4 seasons.

    • The bigger the gear piece, the more I have to build up my resolve to actually cut anything out. A day-pack… no problem. A bigger expedition pack… I still haven’t cut anything off of my multi-day pack. I get the feeling that, like you, I’ll be pretty happy when I finally do 🙂

    • No, no. The ULA Circuit is still my favorite “big” pack. The one I got rid of was a day-pack, and couldn’t have served as an overnighter in any stretch of the imagination. I’m beginning to enjoy the Circuit even more, come to think of it.

  3. Dude, it was so awesome to see someone else rocking this bag. I still use this thing every day and have since I bought it in August of 2007. Other than a bit of dirt, this bag still looks like the day I bought it. I figured the seams would be the first thing to go but the bag is holding up shockingly well after almost 9 years!

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