User Review: ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 60 Lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: $90
This pack has a lot of room, and I like the side and front pockets. The top of the pack doubles as a fanny pack and works well. I also like the internal hydration bladder area. Pack is fairly easy to adjust, and holds allot of gear.
The reason that I give this only 3 stars is that the hip belt is terrible. It has very rigid edges that dig into your sides. I took this pack to Philmont Scout Camp last summer, and because of the poor design of the hip belt, it was not comfortable. To be fair to Alps, another adult had the same pack and found no issues. He is larger than me and has some extra padding around the middle.
This is a good pack for scouting, just a poor performer for extended (4-8 miles a day) hiking. I contacted Alps to see if they had updated the design, but alas, they have not. Too bad, with a decent hip belt, this could be a great pack.