/ Which rucksack ?
ps I am 6'2 long back!
Its hard to say. Personally I'd advise going to somewhere with a decent stock and trying them for size. They definately vary in fit.
Whan I was last in the market umpteen years ago I had my mind set on a Pod sac as my mate had one and it looked good but ended up with a MacPac pursuit because when I tried them on the MacPac fitted me best.
Pod Black Ice. Hands down outright winner.
Echo the comments about fit is everything. The world's best pack is as much use as a chocolate teapot if it doesn't fit you. However a cheap pack may be perfect. Each manufacturer sets their packs up slightly differently.
Go somewhere like Go Outdoors, and spend a reasonable amount of time trying things on - they usually have weights there specifically for weighting packs when trying on.
We spent a couple of hours getting Lady Blue a pack recently, and after trying a number on, none of them quite worked or sat right regardless of how we messed with the adjustments. Then we tried another and it fitted perfectly. Wasn't the most expensive or the best or biggest, but it was the right one.
It's not like we had a budget either. Basically the idea was "best fit, money no object" (Though if it had gone over £300 I might have winced). Ended up spending £95.
I'm 6'1 and love my Podsac's Alpine 40, can't fault it at all, bomb proof, well designed and functional. It can also be stripped down quite a bit if you are desperate to save on weight.
I wont need to replace it for years, but when the time comes I'll be looking for a Podsac again.
I've an Osprey Mutant (38 I think, the big one of the two) that works for everything.
I had my heart set on a BD Speed or Epic but they weere both, for me, the most unconfrotable things I'd ever put on my back.
For Ski touring??? What are you carrying?
The Pod Sacs Black Ice is a good multi day alpine pack - but it is WAY too huge for single day or multi day hut to hut ski touring.
I'd probably look at one of the Blue Ice packs.
Designed by skiers and mountain rescue bods, don'tcha know.
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