User Review: Dana Design Astralplane
Design: internal frame
Number of Pockets: 2 + lid
Max. Load Carried: 70 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 6"
Price Paid: $465
In general this is a very good pack for LARGE loads, and it carries them with as much comfort as one could expect. It is not perfect, and in the hope that the manufacturer is reading, here is what I would change:
Eliminate the heavy "crampon patch" on the top of the lid, and instead reinforce one of the back vertical pockets for crampon storage.
Make the wand pockets about 50% larger in diameter. Currently, they are not large enough to hold a set of large tent poles or a shovel handle easily, or more than a small set of wands.
Eliminate the interior divider; who needs it?
Eliminate the long diagonal side zippers, which add weight, cost, and a potential failure point.
Add one more side compression strap to each side of the pack; on a pack this large two are not really sufficient.
One other negative of this pack is that the vertical back pockets get in the way of ice axe stowage, but I'm not sure there is a good alternative to the present set up.
Finally, be aware that the Fastex connector provided with the "Dry Rib" (an optional accessory) is horrible to operate with mittens and most users will want to replace it.
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