User Review: Camp Trails McKinley
Design: External Frame
Number of Pockets: 4 pockets and 2 compartments
Max. Load Carried: 60lbs
Height of Owner: 5ft 10in.
Price Paid: $100
For beginning hikers, who are not sure if there going to like hiking, this is the way to go. This back is fairly comfortable, and is actually more comfortable under more weight. I haven't had any problems with pins popping out or things that are common with external frames. I am very happy with the ability of this pack to keep taking more junk. Just when I thought that I couldn't get any more in the pack, a little more room opened up. I especially recommend this for new Boy Scouts. I'm currently 14 and took my first trip to Philmont this past summer. This pack got banged and pushed and dropped but it still worked. My only complaint is that the hip belt isn't quite long enough to fully wrap around your waist comfortably. As a result my hip bones after losing 8lbs at Philmont looked like raw bacon. But i feel it's a small price to pay for reliability
If you are a new scout and are sure that your going to like backpacking then i would go with an inexpensive internal such as the Lowe Alpine Netherworld or the Camptrails Catskill. In the year 2000 I plan to go to Philmont again, and take a Lowe Alpine Contour IV.