User Review: Camp Trails Catskill
Design: Camp Trails catskill
Number of Pockets: 5 ish
Max. Load Carried: 75-80 pounds
Height of Owner: 6 feet 1 inch
Price Paid: $150
Bought this pack while I was in the Marine Corps... It was 100 times better than the standard issue Marine Corps backpack (A.L.I.C.E. pack) at the time but that's not saying much at all.
However, I used it as my suitcase when returning home on leave. It endured close to a dozen plane trips to Sea-Tac airport, San Diego airport, North Carolina airport and more... Not a single snag, rip, cracked buckle, or loss of strap. Looking back 13 years I am truly amazed.
I also have been on 4-5 day trips in the Smokey and Blue Ridge Mts., also the Cascade Mt. range, the Olympic Mts, and the Sierra Nevada's.
This pack performed well... lots of adjustments in the suspension to find that perfect fit... Plenty of room for the essentials... i.e., 0 degree sleeping bag, three season tent, stove and a small Therm-a-rest and of course clothes food and water. Comfortable enough to deal with steep mt. climbing in the rain of the Cascades, the steep uphill hiking in the dry heat of the Sierra Nevada's and the humid rolling hills of the Blue ridge Mt. range.
Not until a 2 and a half hour motorcycle ride to the Olympic Mts. with the back-pack strapped to my back did it begin to show signs of break-down...
Packing for the trip, the compression strap at the bottom of the pack broke in the buckle as I was compressing the bag... And after 13 years of severe abuse the stitching began to rip along the main side stitch at the top of the pack...
At this point the pack is still serviceable but not likely for long.
I would have given this pack a 5-star rating but I have only had one other internal frame pack and that was almost 15 years ago as I have not had to buy a new one for some time. This was the first ever large pack I ever bought.
The only thing I did not like was the color.... some sort of greenish teal color... They had a different color but it only came in a smaller pack... I opted for the larger one.