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Arrrgh. . . It's Too Red. Will It Be Like Carrying An Easter Egg?

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davebugg

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Camino Frances (2017)
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This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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Mike Savage

So many friends to meet . . . so little time
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés,Inglés
Muxia/Finisterre
Português Coastal
Português Central
Sanabrés
Fit, comfort, and functionality first then my choice would be 2, 3, 1.

Green, on the dark side if possible. Next any other subdued color. Last choice would be any bright or fluorescent color with red, orange, and blue being the most offensive for me to wear. They may work for some people but not for me.

Good luck with your decision.
 

JeepsNRoses

Camino Dreamer
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2017) May 15th SJPdP - Pamplona
CF (2019) Dec 18th Sarria - Santiago
CF (2020) May 17th SJPdP
It’s mostly black. Although the red fabric does remind me of Old Man Pedrotti’s (senile great uncle twice removed) underpants from the late 60s. 😆
Sorry, couldn’t resist.

I like the red, but not being a big red (or any one color long term) enthusiast for my own back, I would go for the grey and add some of the GG colored compression straps to suit the mood. Easy to change colors when the urge hits.
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nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
Yeah, red socks and a man thong to match; that's me all over. :p😁
If you buy red socks to go with red thong and red pack you then must apply for full membership on Not Serious thread.

Otherwise, ditch red socks for blue or white socks and togs and go with our nation’s color scheme from red backpack to toe.
 

davebugg

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
If it is too red, why does it look so black? 🤔🤔🤔
The front of the pack has a big, black mesh main pocket. The sides and top (which has a tall extendable collar) is all red. :)

Also, there are two methods of closing the main bag. The method pictured is with the top rolled and fastened. I fold the top over in the more traditional manner, and the red material extends down halfway over that main outside black mesh pocket. So once the top is fastened down, there is even more red visible. :eek:
 
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davebugg

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Exactly!

I hate to say it, but this alleged red backpack is far too black, and to call the other packs grey and green is a blatant case of first world denial.

The OP had better worry about a decent hat to prevent sunstroke.
Nope, not denial at all. The pics are just a partial sample of the whole backpack that you don't get to see all at once. And having walked across Death Valley and living in a high desert climate, I definitely know how to keep my noggin from frying :)
 

nycwalking

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Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
Nope, not denial at all. The pics are just a partial sample of the whole backpack that you don't get to see all at once. And having walked across Death Valley and living in a high desert climate, I definitely know how to keep my noggin from frying :)
Well, too red or not too red that is the question.

Answer: take it and have a lovely camino.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Dave, with all respect, I would choose option one.
I actually think the pack looks gorgeous.
But if it really bother you, change it. Follow your own advice and use what works for you in the Camino.
 

Anna Cameron

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances sept-oct 2018
The front of the pack has a big, black mesh main pocket. The sides and top (which has a tall extendable collar) is all red. :)

Also, there are two methods of closing the main bag. The method pictured is with the top rolled and fastened. I fold the top over in the more traditional manner, and the red material extends down halfway over that main outside black mesh pocket. So once the top is fastened down, there is even more red visible. :eek:
What was it HH the Dalai Lama wrote? Something about doing a new or challenging thing every day? I take this to mean, moving outside the comfortable, known and familiar routines and accepting change. It ain't easy, esp when applied to age-related changes, but perhaps it is good to be challenged, even in this fluoro colour way? For what it's worth, I like the vivid red & black, but that's me. Have fun deciding!
 

davebugg

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Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Dave, with all respect, I would choose option one.
I actually think the pack looks gorgeous.
But if it really bother you, change it. Follow your own advice and use what works for you in the Camino.
Thanks. Taste is a remarkable thing. . sometimes a finicky thing. Getting some fun feedback can set the 'balance' :)
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Yeah. . :) It wasn't the amount of red material, just the color of the material that is red :)
But it is sooooo preeeeettyyyyy!!! 😍

Edit: just saw you replied above! It is funny that my husband (army boy) is also very fond of the greens and greys. But for the Camino he has an unusual fluoro blue pack and an orange sleeping bag. He said the if emergency happens, he will just wave those things like flags to call attention!
 

davebugg

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
What was it HH the Dalai Lama wrote? Something about doing a new or challenging thing every day? I take this to mean, moving outside the comfortable, known and familiar routines and accepting change. It ain't easy, esp when applied to age-related changes, but perhaps it is good to be challenged, even in this fluoro colour way? For what it's worth, I like the vivid red & black, but that's me. Have fun deciding!
"Vivid".. . now that's a good adjective for this color. :)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Yeah, red socks and a man thong to match; that's me all over. :p😁
You'd better be careful, Dave or you might get your first hand slap from the mods!😉 You make me think of... "visions of sugar plums dance in her head".😁
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
The front of the pack has a big, black mesh main pocket. The sides and top (which has a tall extendable collar) is all red. :)

Also, there are two methods of closing the main bag. The method pictured is with the top rolled and fastened. I fold the top over in the more traditional manner, and the red material extends down halfway over that main outside black mesh pocket. So once the top is fastened down, there is even more red visible. :eek:
If you wish to represent the country of Albania, their flag is exclusively red and black.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Dave, you could get red socks to match! What other red clothing item could you get to match? I like the outdoorsy green.
Yes, red socks give me goose bumps...but then I admit to being an addict on the "Not Serious" thread.😛
 

taigirl

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2019
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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Its fabulous. It would be my first choice of colours. Remember "red goes faster" - in cars anyway. My backpack is the brightest aqua with yellow trim. It was heavily reduced, probably because of the colour but I reckon it will work like a hi-vis vest.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
And my backpack is bright turquoise and also on sale at a reduced price. Marketing techniques have color changes nearly every year or two, but I don't let that influence my decisions if I can save a substantial amount of money.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I'm really sorry I can't get in a frivolous mood. It looks like so much fun. But since that car accident a couple of days ago I have been thinking a lot about how I could make myself more visible on camino. A high vis vest tied around my pack looks like one solution, but would be sure to be a nuisance, blocking my access to everything. And you have the perfect solution to a serious problem for camino walkers: deadly drivers. Take it as a gift and as a way to self-protect along the roads. Maybe you will set a trend in this, as you seem to be in so much else. And we will get to meet you, since we shall see you coming and think: "I know who that must be." Of course, that could cause other problems.
 

Texas Walker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte (2017 summer)
Portugues (2015)
Frances (2014)
DH has a red pack. When he's 50 feet + ahead of me, it's a lot easier to see him and not feel completely alone. (I wouldn't mind a red pack, but for me the fit is the thing.) I did make us "bags of fabulosity" (pack duffels that fold into their own little zipper pocket) out of red and gray nylon oxford cloth. Easy to find on the luggage carousel. Got some attention from Spanish customs when we landed at Irun, well, at least until we said "yes it's ours, want to see it? it's for the Camino!"
 

BeatriceKarjalainen

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Camino(s) past & future
Finished: See post signature.
Upcoming: Nothing planned
I think it is lovely.
A red backpack is always better if rescue needed (maybe not on Camino but on other hikes).
You will recognize you pack anywhere.
It will bring joy to people coming up behind you.
Your camino friends will instantly know it is you in front of them.
It can be a conversation starter.

I wish the Mariposa could come in fun colours. Needs to buy a new one.
 

Leibniz

Peregrina
Camino(s) past & future
Frances from Astorga (2018)
Frances/Invierno from SJPP (2019)
It looks fine. I have seen many red backpacks on the Camino and never thought anything of it. Can’t see the problem.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
Once when buying walking gear I commented that the colour didn't fit well with my usual colour scheme. The young assistant replied "real walkers don't worry or care what they look like" that told me!
Personally I'd go for the dark green or grey rucksack.
 

Roland49

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 June/July/August
My b/p is bright, intensive blue.
I'm happy with the color. The raincover is neon-orange.

I can't see any problem here. The red color is quite dark.
The brighter the color, the more you will be seen on the side of the road. Think of it!

Buen Camino!
Roland
 

Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
While I sympathize, here's the color REI had in stock for the Women's Jade 38. My thinking is that it will be easier for rescuers to spot me in an emergency. View attachment 59212View attachment 59212

Indeed, easier to spot in an emergency! I would be fine with it! If I saw you with it I would be fine with it. But ultimately, if you can not walk with it on the Camino without thinking about what others will think about the color...then exchange it. Second choice would be grey.
 

Raggy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
Once it's on your back, you won't notice the color. After a few days it won't seem remarkable, even when it's sitting on the floor in front of you. And a long time after you've stopped thinking about it, some twit with a rucksack in a safe, masculine, shade of green, will say "Are you a Liverpool supporter or Santa Claus?" and you'll laugh at their small mindedness.
 
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lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Better red than dead!!! Or was it the other way around????? It is on your back and you can't see it. Cars will. It is just a backpack. It is not like you are wearing a red tux to your senior prom. Keep it and love it!
 

Mr Magoo

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pilegrimsleden ( 2016).
Camino Primitivo ( 2017).
At art college we were told that a small amount of red in a picture enhances larger areas of green. So an artist might, for example, include a few red poppies as he paints a green landscape, to increase the effect of the green.
So a bright red backpack will enhance the landscape of any green bits of Spain you wander through. (Would make a drought blighted landscape worse, however !)
 

Dsavid Keyte

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de San Salavador (2015)
Camino de la Costa (2016)
Camino Lebaniego 2017
Easy to see you, therefore good safety colour
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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You are right. This is a first world problem. There will be advantages to having the bright color, baggage claim for example.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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1. When you are wearing it, you cannot see it. It's behind you.
2. As you walk along, others CAN see you. This is a good thing.
3. If you stack it at a cafe stop, or in the bottom of a bus, NO ONE can easily walk off with it. Why would they want to?

A bright color rucksack is a net good thing, at least IMHO.

I vote for sucking it up.
 

Chris Gi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Did April through June 2018 from Pamplona to Santiago. 2020 May or end of September.
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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But it will be easier to spot if someone tries to run off with it😆
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Camino Frances SJPP / 2014 Camino Portugues / 2015 Camino Ingles / 2015 Hospitalero Training
2016 (fall) Camino Sanabre / Hospitalero?
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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Mike Savage is very wise but we can disagree. I lean towards visibility when on the Camino because of “Road Walking” and fast cars.
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
You make me think of... "visions of sugar plums dance in her head".😁
Davebugg,

The Sugar Plum Fairy Godfather.

With all this discussion you have to wear reddie. And, tell us about treats and favors dispensed from the red bag.

Double buen camino.
 

Nana6

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
France ( 2020)
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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If you hate it, exchange it However, I agree red is a safe choice for being seen . I think it looks cool 😎
 

marylynn

Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011-12-14-15-16-17-18-(19) CF
2013 Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 HærvejenDK
Just in case you are keeping a tally of opinions, I thought I would weigh in, too. A few years ago my walking-mate wore a red backpack and it was always reassuring when I could easily spot him ahead of me in the distance...and I agree that a red pack is more easily seen than grey or black in an emergency.
 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
I love the red one. The pack I'm likely to buy frm Zpacks is bright blue. My pet hate is the way that manufacturers of outdoor and sports clothing and kit think tht women's kit must always be pink or pale blue.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
:D👍👍 Thanks to all for weighing in. I loved many of the responses, and there were a lot of great thoughts.

This post was meant to be light-hearted and fun :) To any who interpreted my post as me having a serious dilemma, and that I had lost all reason and proportionality in a world filled with REAL problems, sorry 'bout that. I do question the color solely as a matter of my personal preference and taste, but I do understand that on a metaphysical scale of problems and issues, this issue lies below the concern of when to pull weeds from a row of tomatoes :)

In the meantime, here's a photo of the backpack I used in the late 60's. How do you like THAT color :)

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Raggy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
Keep the pack. Buy matching shorts and shoes.
Shorts can contrast, But coordinated hats worked for Team Zissou, and why not match the shoes too?
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
:D👍👍 Thanks to all for weighing in. I loved many of the responses, and there were a lot of great thoughts.

This post was meant to be light-hearted and fun :) To any who interpreted my post as me having a serious dilemma, and that I had lost all reason and proportionality in a world filled with REAL problems, sorry 'bout that. I do question the color solely as a matter of my personal preference and taste, but I do understand that on a metaphysical scale of problems and issues, this issue lies below the concern of when to pull weeds from a row of tomatoes :)

In the meantime, here's a photo of the backpack I used in the late 60's. How do you like THAT color :)

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It looks identical to packs which I used. I am sure that I am the only walker in the world who found external frame packs more comfortable than internal frame. But we must move with the times.
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ),Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )Camino Portugese (2018 )Camino Ingles(
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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Keep the red ! I always like taking unusual colors that I can readily identify as my own and that assist others in differentiating me from the masses. I once followed a man, chasing him down at breakneck speed because I thought it was my walking friend Lisa! They had the same color shorts and shirt and hiking hat and the same color pack...I had no idea how she got so far ahead of me...nonetheless, I climbed and hiked and ran just to catch up to her...Imagine my surprise when I heard her hollering my name from behind!
Get the red :)
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ),Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )Camino Portugese (2018 )Camino Ingles(
:D👍👍 Thanks to all for weighing in. I loved many of the responses, and there were a lot of great thoughts.

This post was meant to be light-hearted and fun :) To any who interpreted my post as me having a serious dilemma, and that I had lost all reason and proportionality in a world filled with REAL problems, sorry 'bout that. I do question the color solely as a matter of my personal preference and taste, but I do understand that on a metaphysical scale of problems and issues, this issue lies below the concern of when to pull weeds from a row of tomatoes :)

In the meantime, here's a photo of the backpack I used in the late 60's. How do you like THAT color :)

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Yikes! I met a young man on my first camino that was walking with a huge external metal framed, canvas backpack...inside he had a full-sized laptop. That pack and laptop alone weighed more than what I carried!
 
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nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
I'm working out the details of a red, body-paint spray application right now. :)
I must convene an emergency meeting of Not thread contributors.

Red is our signature color, and oft times topic of conversation.

@davebugg; you’re hijacking (our Not theme.

Um, um!

What to do?

BYW what color have you chosen?
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. Next: Gd St Bernard to Rome
I must convene an emergency meeting of Not thread contributors.

Red is our signature color, and oft times topic of conversation.

@davebugg; you’re hijacking (our Not theme.

Um, um!

What to do?

BYW what color have you chosen?
It’s very RED! 😂Only kiddin’...
You’ll just have to wear nail varnish to match so you can’t be spotted in the cherry trees 😂😉😉
Sorted!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2016, Mansill de las Mulas to Finisterre and Muxia 2017, Camino Aragones 2018
The Spanish army in full mountain gear and weapons has been known to rescue lost and injured pilgrims from the wilderness on the Aragones. This is true! Dave, you will be an easy find!
 
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hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
Don't worry about the colour Dave, by the time it's got a coating of Camino dust a pair of socks and undies drying from it, and a bocodillo shoved down the back the colour won't matter at all and you will look like every other pilgrim.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Don't worry about the colour Dave, by the time it's got a coating of Camino dust a pair of socks and undies drying from it, and a bocodillo shoved down the back the colour won't matter at all and you will look like every other pilgrim.
:cool:

Good point on the dust. . . I should have a bit of ground-in trail dirt and dust before October's departure for sure.

Bocadillo in the outside mesh pocket, absolutely. Undies are a non-factor (commando). Socks, if still a bit damp by the time I get up to walk in the morning, get worn until dry. :) Maybe I can hang Jill's socks and undies instead :p; I'm sure she won't mind a bit.
 

Beeks

Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2019) only 2 weeks available! St. Jean PDP - Pamplona, then Sarria - SDC with the family,
Red for the win!

Just beware the many Crips on the Camino!
 

David and Theresa

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances,(Sarria to Santiago) 2016, 2017 April, SJPdP TO Logrono, Sept.-Oct. Logrono to Sarria
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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go with the green
 

VeganCamino

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Future Frances from Saint Jean Pied du Port to Burgos, starting in June.
This post is about an unabashedly silly First World problem. :)

After a few thousand miles of hard use, I decided to retire my Gossamer Gear Mariposa backpack. For a variety of reasons I decided to replace it with a ULA Circuit backpack to use for weekend backpacking and the upcoming Camino in October.

A few weeks ago, I had purchased a ULA Circuit (in blue) for Jill. I had ordered her's with the 'S' shaped shoulder straps. Although hers is a smaller frame length, when I tried it on I really liked the feel of those S straps. Compared to the 'J' shaped straps that were on my previous ULA Circuit, (also retired) I find the 'S' shape to fit even better, so that is what I ordered for my new Circuit.

Yes!!. . the Circuit feels as comfortable as I remember; it fits great, and the S straps make the shoulder harness a comfortable wear. I also have always loved the hipbelts on ULA backpacks because they have four primary adjustment/tension straps instead of two, which really helps to get a dialed-in fit to the hips. This is a backpack that is perfect for handling load weights of under 25 pounds. For my typical Camino load weight of 11 to 12 pounds, the Circuit will almost be unnoticed on my back.

But, the color o_O It is really, really red. A bright, near fluorescent, cherry red.

I had thought the red had looked more., well, subdued online; more on the darker side. Sorta the same red that I remember my old Dana Designs backpack having been ( now THAT was an OK red). So, I am pondering whether to
  1. Suck it up, Buttercup.
  2. Exchange the Circuit for the green color I am used to with my previous ULA backpacks.
  3. Exchange the Circuit for the gray color, which is what I have gotten used to with my Gossamer Gear backpacks.
So fellow members, what do you think?

I warned ya this post was horrendously First World foolishness :)

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Mine is bright blue. I really wanted grey or a more subdued color but blue was $50 cheaper. My boyfriend offered to buy me the grey one but I thought that seemed silly to spend the money on the same pack just because the Gregory colors are wild. I've grown to like it now. My pack is so small, I got the 28 liter, but on the plus side I can't buy anything. And that's good for my already stressed shoulders. See up sides to everything. I'd say fit is #1 and personally I think the Gregory Jade pack is too heavy unloaded. So unless it's your fit supreme, I'd consider another.
 

Kos

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
non yet
I just got red Osprey one which not Red enough for my taste. For me is visibility of the colour important. Actually not emportant enough to use a bright neon green one or - God beware - a neon pink one. 😁
 
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Kos

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
non yet
Only Popes are wearing red shoes.
Shorts can contrast, But coordinated hats worked for Team Zissou, and why not match the shoes too?
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Shorts can contrast, But coordinated hats worked for Team Zissou, and why not match the shoes too?
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MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member
I am recommending (1.).

Dave, in reality, when in use, it does not really matter what colour it is as it is on your back. A visible colour, even on the Camino, is not a bad thing. My Osprey is red and grey and I love it, but again, it is mostly on my back so out of sight.

It is also a harder choice for thieves as it stands out.

Sucking it up should not be so bad in this case, no matter which world you happen to be in.
 

Becky 59

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2018)
Camino Ingles (Aug 2019)
Dave, I love to take photos with vibrant brightly-colored "foreground props", such as this photo from last spring the day after Roncesvalles. I'm doing the Ingles in August, but I'm tempted to stick around until October so your red pack can brighten my photos! ;)
 

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davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Dave, I love to take photos with vibrant brightly-colored "foreground props", such as this photo from last spring the day after Roncesvalles. I'm doing the Ingles in August, but I'm tempted to stick around until October so your red pack can brighten my photos! ;)
Hi, Becky. . .

I was going to let everyone know what color was finally decided upon, so this is a good time to tell you that my wife, Jill, had the final say. She 'helped' me decide to stick with the green color. Since my worn out Circuit, which is being replaced with the new Circuit was green, she not only liked the green better, but felt like I was having color-choice issues because I do not particularly care for change. I do not see the basis behind THAT thought. I have always been open to change. As long as no one moves my stuff around, I'm golden. :)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Well, Dave, it was a thread that prompted many interesting and funny responses. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Well, Dave, it was a thread that prompted many interesting and funny responses. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Thanks, Chrissy; I enjoyed it as well. I actually came very close to sticking with the red color, but it was just a niggling little blockage fully committing to that relationship. 😁 The fun part was that those who posted were generous with making some good points to chew on; especially since this isn't a significant problem by any stretch of the imagination.
 

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