ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail
I was looking for a pack that wouldn't break the bank,…
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.
Here's what other sites are saying:
If you're looking for a quality internal pack that will last you through your trek, time and time again, the Red Tail is your answer. Just as the other internals in the ALPS Mountaineering line, the Red Tail has all the features you would expect from a value-oriented company. Along with the bottle pockets on each side and kangaroo pocket on the front, which is great for keeping your jacket or fleece without taking up extra space in your pack, you can also find a hydration pocket and port, #10 zippers on the lower door, and an internal zip-out divider that gives you the option to divide your pack for the best storage utilization. The SoftEdge shoulder straps have 2 layers of foam to give you maximum comfort. The modular waist belts have 3 layers of foam (a stiff outer layer, a firm middle layer, and a soft inner layer) for maximum load carrying capabilities combined with the ultimate in comfort. When you're ready for your trip and your pack is full, but you still have a few things to take, don't worry! The top of the Red Tail extends with a spindrift collar, so you can "over pack." The top pocket adjusts up and down to keep it in the correct position and we've included an "Over the Top" compression strap to stabilize your extra gear. If those features aren't enough, the top pocket converts to a fanny pack... and one more thing... there is a rain cover INCLUDED!!
When a day, a weekend, or even a week isn't enough time on the trail, load up the extendable 80-liter ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail Backpack and remove yourself from civilization until you fill the void with a adult-sized dose of wilderness. Not for mere weekend getaways, this six-pound pack outfits the month-long treks you plan for weeks and then quit your job to complete start to finish. The top spindrift collar extends to provide more than 80 liters of space, but since its dual-density shoulder harness adjusts to fit your exact torso size you can be sure that all that weight doesn't crumple you in the first five miles.
The ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail internal frame pack remains comfortable on the trail during weeklong excursions into the wilderness. And with plenty of room, you'll keep your gear organized too. Pack body is constructed of rugged ripstop nylon; bottom is reinforced with 1000-denier nylon pack cloth to ensure longevity. Adjustable suspension system provides a personalized fit; padded waistbelt, back panel and shoulder straps up the comfort level on long carries. 2 aluminum stays transfer the weight load to the hipbelt, helping to balance the load and remove pressure from the shoulders. Air channel mesh pad back panel keeps your back well ventilated as the temperature rises. Removable top lid with zippered pocket can be used as a waistpack for jaunts away from the campsite. Top-loading design has an extendable collar and top lid to accommodate bulky loads; compression strap over the top keeps things contained. Sleeping bag compartment with divider provides access to your sleeping bag without having to dig through all the other contents of your pack. Internal pocket holds hydration reservoir (sold separately) for hands-free drinking on the trail. Front kangaroo pocket is perfect for stashing a map, GPS unit, snacks and a rain jacket. Included raincover tucks neatly away in its own pocket on pack bottom. 2 mesh side pockets keep water bottles within easy reach. Special buy.