User Review: ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
Design: top loading - zippered lower access - integrated rain cover - top/fanny pack - internal divider - top compression strap
Size: 5000 cu
Number of Pockets: 5 +2 water
Max. Load Carried: 58lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $150
This is a well made, internal frame pack by Alps Mountaineering. Seams are tacked and #10 zippers on the lower access. I do monthly, forest trail hiking (4-10mi). This pack stays with my weight shifting and is comfortable with >50lbs. Solid belt and shoulder straps fit snug and no shifting. I have used Eureka, 6000cu and 4600cu. Both were too spongy belts and the load went to the shoulders.
The Cascade is a roomy pack at 5000cu, but the side/front pockets let me get at what I need on the trail w/o digging into the bag. This is a better multi-day pack, also comes in 4000cu for a 35lbs range. (I use another great Alps 3800cu for 1/2 day overnights.)
Lots of space for carabiners and straps for stuff. A great pack for a good price from a great company, Alps Mountaineering. I'm glad I kept looking for this pack.