Needing a new day pack to replace my Diamond Brand…
Design: front loading day pack
Size: 2300 cu.inches
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 10 lbs
Height of Owner: 6ft 1 inch
Price Paid: $49.99
Needing a new day pack to replace my Diamond Brand Field Pack I lost in an car accident back in October, I searched various mailorder sites on the web and decided ALPS Mountaineering had the very pack I was looking for. The construction of the ALPS Trekker appears very good. All the seams are nicely done and it's contructed of quality materials like 300 denier "honeycombed" ripstop and it uses #10 zippers for long term durability.
The ALPS Trekker has some intelligent features like an inside load control pocket, which would made an excellent place to put an hydration bladder in; an padded back with ALPS own "air mesh" for increased air flow between the back and pack. I also appreciated the PE framesheet, which kept those bulky items from poking me in the back. At 2300 inches, the Trekker was large enough for a couple of jackets, my guide books, a camera and film and other miscellaneous items needed for day hiking. Two side mesh pockets were large enough for 1 quart water bottles.
I was really impressed with the fit of the ALPS Trekker, seeing I have such a long torso. The shoulder straps and waist belt were both a cinch to adjust and the waistbelt never "rode up" to my mid section like my former Diamond Brand Field Pack. To be completely honest, the ALPS Trekker was one of the most comfortable packs I've ever worn! It made my 6 hour hike on the Buckeye Trail a real pleasure! I can't wait to use it again!
My advice: get this pack! you will fall in love with it after using it for the very first time!