ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail
Price Paid: $109
I was looking for a pack that wouldn't break the bank, but wouldn't kill my back either. I bought this pack about 2 years ago and I have been extremely happy with it. I've been on 3-4 day trips and I've still yet to completely fill this thing. I'm glad to have the extra room even if it means I'm carrying a few more ounces.
The shoulders straps and hip belt are fairly comfortable. I read one review where someone complained about a clicking noise while hiking. I was on the trail one day and all of the sudden heard what he was complaining about. It was merely the way the load strap was situated and a slight adjustment and it was gone.
I'm a big fan of other brands packs, but seriously for the money you cannot go wrong with this pack. I highly recommend it for the beginning to intermediate backpacker. It's lite enough and has room for everything.
If you're one of those guys that measure every single ounce I could understand paying $300-$400 for another brand. But the load carries very well on this pack and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg.
5 lb 14 oz
4900 cu in
Nylon Ripstop Top - 1000D Bottom
14 in to 22 in
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