Boreas Gear Lost Coast 60
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $210
A solid, lightweight pack with a set of well thought out features; not only in what it includes, but also in what it excludes.
- Light weight: 3lbs 6oz
- Expansive capacity
- Good waterproofing, included raincover
- Loses stability at higher weights
- Poor design in the Large
Fit: This is one of the pack's few weak points. I bought a Large model, and I'm 6'2". The real design oversight is that the load lifters at the top of the frame sheet are not sufficiently high enough to remove weight from your shoulders. Overall the frame sheet does a good job of transferring weight to the hip belt, but you'll be carrying some weight on your shoulders if you've got a longer torso.
Comfort: The padded frame plate and hip belt are comfortable with good padding, and the shoulder straps have good padding as well. The padding is not generous, but it's not so stingy that it's uncomfortable.
Capacity: This pack has two internal pockets; one main one, and one exterior pocket with an elastic closure. The internal pocket closes with a simple drawstring closure, and has no dividers or other organizational elements. It's conceptually like a giant stuff sack. By not including dividers, specialized pockets, or other such features, the pack cuts weight.
Organization & Accessibility: The pack has one drawstring opening to the main compartment which consumes all of the volume of the pack. It additionally has an exterior pocket on the back with an elastic closure, and two elasticized side pockets. These align with the compression straps on the side of the pack, which can be used to secure long items stowed in the side pockets.
The brain contains three compartments accessible by zipper: one underneath constructed of mesh, and two in the top; one facing to the front of the pack and one facing to the back. Additionally it features two zippered side pockets on the hip belt with elastic ribbing to prevent them from crushing. The pack facilitates basic organization, but doesn't go overboard keeping with its lightweight intent.
Ride: Most of the pack's weight is effectively distributed to the hip belt, but people with taller torsos will find that some of the load will unavoidably be carried on the shoulders. It isn't particularly uncomfortable. The pack is designed for light loads, and tunes some components of its design as such. Past approximately 30 lbs the pack has a tendency to lose stability. This is a pack for backpackers who bring lightweight gear with them and leave the kitchen sink at home.
Compression: The pack has two compression straps per side that effectively compress down the main compartment, as well as 5 straps for compressing the brain down onto the top of the pack. It effectively compresses to smaller loads.
Ease of Use: Due to its simple construction, the pack doesn't have many features to break, and its construction in those places is more focused and very sturdy.
Features: This pack includes a lightweight fitted rain cover that compresses into its own tiny stuff sack. The shot of the product Trailspace has included for this review is accurate: there are not many straps dangling off the pack. It does in fact have daisy chain nylon straps, but the daisy chain straps are taut with the body of the pack, and have small envelopes which hide them away when not in use. There are ice axe loops on either side that also fold into these little pockets, and daisy chain nylon straps on the shoulder straps similarly hidden away.
Construction & Durability: The body is made out of lightweight waterproof Silnylon, except for the bottom of the pack which is made of heavier denier nylon. Seams are rolled and double stitched, and it uses intelligent placement of nylon compression straps to support the load. The pack's construction is designed for lightweight loads, heavier weight loads will likely exceed the structural capacity of the pack.
Conditions: I've used this pack throughout the year in rainy mid-Atlantic weather on several occasions. No monsoons, but it's held up well to light rain without the rain cover, and significant rain with the cover on.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $118
I definitely recommend the Boreas Lost Coast 60. This will be a great pack for the weekend or long distance hiker.
- Quality construction
- Great look
Though I haven't used this pack on the trail yet, I'm impressed by the roominess and quality of the materials. Top notch quality construction. This pack is a huge improvement on the pack I used to carry. The Boreas is amazingly light. Can't wait to hit the AT when Spring arrives.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Boreas Lost Coast 60 is a lightweight simple option for backpackers looking to shave some weight. The z-foam back panel and removable frame sheet are shaped to match the curve of your back, and the 210D ripstop nylon pack body fabric is impregnated with silicone for waterproof strength that won't wear out or rub off over time.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Boreas Lost Coast 60 pack offers a smart and simple multiday packing solution for people who care about weight but may not be crazy enough to cut the handles off their toothbrushes. BACKPACKER 2012 Editors' Choice Award winner! The April issue states, "Get everything you need and nothing you don't in one of these ultralight, ultracomfortable packs.". Light, no-nonsense hipbelt and shoulder straps with sternum strap are made with resilient foam that maintains its volume and helps distribute pressure evenly. Simple, zigzag foam back panel and removable framesheet are shaped to match the curve of your back and pump fresh air through the channels as you walk. Streamlined pack body features a light polyurethane rib cage design that adds structure; removable top lid features a zippered pocket and helps fend off precipitation. Full-length front stretch pocket, 2 side stretch pockets and 2 hipbelt pockets let you organize and easily access gear, clothing, water bottles and snacks. The Boreas Lost Coast 60 pack features tuck-away daisy chains, raincover, hidden gear loops on the shoulder straps and hydration compatability (reservoir sold separately).
- REI refers to the men's version
The Boreas Lost Coast 60 is a lightweight backpacking backpack with comfortable suspension and a streamlined design. Winner of 2012 Backpacker Magazine's Editor's Choice Award. A Z foam back panel and hipbelt, both covered in mesh, breath incredibly well to keep you cool while you're on the move. A removable frame sheet is ergonomically designed to match the curvature of your back for all-day comfort and excellent load transfer from shoulders to hips. Ergonomic shoulder straps have highly breathable areas on top of the shoulders. Large hipbelt pockets keep your essentials at hand so you don't have to take the pack off to grab a snack, your camera or some sunscreen while on the move. The large, removable top lid has three pockets for excellent organization, and lash points on top for tying on extra gear. The top-loading main compartment swallows all your backpacking gear - no extra zippers or separate sleeping bag compartments to add weight or complexity. A stretchy front pocket is perfect for a tent or other wet gear you want to keep away from the rest of your stuff. Two compression straps on each side and Boreas's Ribcage design keeps your load taught and under control for an optimal center of gravity. Loops for trekking poles or ice axes let you stow tools when you want your hands free. Innovative hidden daisy chains down the back and on the shoulder straps stay tucked away until you need to lash things down. Large water bottle pockets swallow 1-liter bottles and have a side access so you can grab your bottles without taking the pack off. Hydration reservoir compatible for hands-free drinking. Comes with a pack cover to keep the rain off when the sky opens up. Named for the rugged and wild Lost Coast of northern California, a hiker's paradise. Tough, silicone-impregnated fabric is designed to last while still being lightweight. From a quick overnight backpack to light-and-fast multi-day backpacking trips, this backpacking backpack from Boreas Gear is efficient and comfortable all the way through. Medium torso length: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm). Large torso length: 20 inches + (51 cm +). Volume: 60 liters (3,356 cubic inches). Weight, stock: 3 lbs 5 oz (1,560 g). Weight, minimum: 2 lbs 11 oz (1,245 g). Color(s): Farallon Black, Marina Blue, Golden Gate Red
- Tahoe Mountain Sports refers to the men's version