User Review: CiloGear 60L Worksack (V2)
Design: top loading internal frame
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 85 pounds
Height of Owner: 6'4"
Price Paid: $200
The CiloGear 60L WorkSack is the best pack I've ever owned or used. It carries anything I've loaded it with beautifully, I've never had a pack move WITH me instead of against me. Truly the best pack for off trail hiking or alpine climbing I've ever seen. I highly recommend it to anybody with a bit of patience to get them through the first ten minutes of setting up the pack.
This pack is surprisingly large, but unbelievably light -- I don't use many of the removable straps, and I've even forgotten the hipbelt on one occasion and it still carried pretty darn well.
I've been hiking and climbing for over 20 years, since my parents first took me to Yosemite and Sequoia when I was just a tyke. I've had this pack for about a year, and I've probably used it on half a dozen weekend trips, a one week hike along the AT, and even some day hikes. I'm a big guy, and this pack fits my gear without weighing a ton, provides a comfortable suspension and really lasts. It's almost as comfortable as my Bozeman vintage Astralplane, but it's about 1/3 of the weight of that pack. The Cilogear worksack beats my astralplane hands down on talus fields, uneven ground, and hiking off trail.
The compressiblity and versatility of this pack just aren't matched by anything else I've ever seen. It took me half an hour of fiddling to figure out how to work the strap system and fit the framesheet, but their manual made things pretty simple.
The shortcomings of my pack sound like they were addressed by CiloGear. According to the CiloGear blog, they're using zippers made in the USA and that was my biggest peeve with the pack, the zippers on the lid. The customer service that I've received from Cilogear is among the best I've had...I think they're basically a one guy shop, but he seems to really do a pretty good job keeping on top of things.
All in all, the Cilogear 60l WorkSack is the best pack I've ever used. I highly recommend it.