User Review: Camp Trails Catskill (90)
Design: Internal frame
Size: 90 liters
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 70 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $330 Cdn in '93
I bought this pack when I didn't know anything about packs, and feel I paid too much for it. It has proven to be a good pack though and has gone with me through north america, africa and south america.
The long pockets on either side of it allow storage of fuel bottles and water. The centre pockets are nice for first aid and/or compass, knife etc. And the lid pocket is quite big... enough to stuff rain gear and gloves into. There is an easily accessed sleeping bag compartment that is separated from the main compartment by an ajustable cinch inside (neat feature). There are two tool loops and two pieces of webbing with buckles for attaching various items.
The suspension is quite good and very adjustable. The aluminum stays can be removed and bent to the shape of your back for peak comfort.
What I was not impressed with was the pack material. It is very lightweight and I ripped it on my first trip by packing out garbage (someone else's unfortunately).
Overall, it's a great backpacking pack with lots of pockets for access to items on the go. It's also relatively compressible (I climbed the Grand Teton with it). But considering how far packs have come since I bought this one I wouldn't recommend it unless you can get it for $100 or less (I don't even know if they make it anymore).