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HomeHomeDiscussionsDiscussionsGeneralGeneralOsprey Vs. Hill People Gear packsOsprey Vs. Hill People Gear packs
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3/6/2020 1:56 AM

It's time for me to upgrade my pack. I've narrowed it down to a couple packs but i'm open for other suggestions. I like the fit of the Osprey Aether 70 but I tend to abuse my packs so id considered something like the HPG Ute possibly with a kitbag, but have never seen one in the wild. I would prefer to have more organization and utility in my pack than just a main compartment and belt pocket.

I need it for 1-5 day solo hikes and SAR, so my carry needs vary from 30L to 70L. Most of my equipment is lightweight and getting lighter and carrying less as time goes on.

The price tag on the HPG is a bit higher but is it more durable and worth it? Anybody have experience with these or have any other suggestions?

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3/6/2020 10:08 AM

I have an Osprey Porter 48 and a AHBC.  Same sized packs and completely different build quality.  The Osprey is a good pack for what it does but the HPG pack is built much better.  The harness is excellent at distributing weight.  Buy once cry once.

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3/9/2020 10:52 AM
I am biased, but here are a few more responses to a similar question:

Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
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3/11/2020 6:54 PM
Osprey and HPG are not on the same playing field. You would be comparing HPG to seek outside, kifaru, mystery ranch etc. Osprey is a good recreational pack brand. HPG packs are designed for very heavy use and much more abusive enviornments. They are popular with SAR, back country hunters, military etc. because of that. Think of them like a work truck and the osprey packs like a prius.

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4/7/2020 9:19 PM
I have an umlindi and my wife has a small osprey pack I think the manta 22 or something. Nothing really wrong with the osprey but not really comparable compared to hpg stuff quality wise. None of the materials or hardware seem as beefy or tolerant of the abuse an hpg pack can handle. Like the osprey you could damage more easily by accident where the hpg stuff you would almost have to try to break it on purpose. Anyone who has seen the two brands side by side can tell which one is more bombproof, the osprey has a lot more "fragile" components where there is nothing about my hpg gear I would describe as fragile lol.
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4/8/2020 1:05 PM
What's the biggest weight and volume you have to carry? I put a big hunk of meat in the UTE and had a palspocket organized for everything else. I felt more unstable climbing down the hill over blowdowns, than the instability of the HPG load carrying system. Whole system was pushing 90lbs. But the straps and system sucked it all in. You can add organization that's swappable. Multiple stuff sacks come to mind. Plus the kit bag has organization for the little stuff. The Osprey looks nice and tight but I haven't met a more comfortable belt than the Prairie Belt.(The Osprey does not look like the belt is wide enough) Instead of just riding on the hips, it hugs them which also reduces hotspots. Big difference that I saw between my old 2000's Gregory Denali and the Ute with 50 lbs.
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5/24/2020 11:45 AM


I have both Osprey and a HPG Qui-Ya.   I have used both for SAR in Colorado. We do SAR in the Sangre de Cristo mountain mostly. The reason I went with HPG is because the Osprey doesn't carry weight well or awkward loads well. We often need to carry rope, climbing gear, basket and wheel, medical gear etc. several mile hikes with elevation gains of 2k plus are common. For me the Qui-Ya was a perfect bag I shove clothing and sleeping gear if needed in the large compartment and use a pocket on the back to hold small items. I also use the compression for snowshoes, shovel and other avalanche gear. My kit bag keeps medical and navigation items along with my radio. With all of that said I do like my Osprey it's been on many hikes over the 10yr I have owned. I have also owned a Stone Glacier awesome bag just preferred the HPG and sold the SG. Hopefully this helps a little. 

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