User Review: Dana Design Astralplane
Design: top, bottom, and side loading internal
Size: 7250 cu. in.
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 65 lbs
Height of Owner: 6' 4"
Price Paid: $274 used
This pack is incredible! I was a bit skeptical about paying so much for a used pack, but it has turned out to be one of the best investments I have ever made on a piece of gear. It was made in Bozeman. It is capable of hauling much greater loads than the mere 65lbs that I carried comfortably for 10 miles. If fitted properly, it becomes a part of you. It is very durable and I'm confident that I will own and use it forever. It is a heavy pack for 40lb or less trips. But for heavier loads, it has to be one of the best. I don't recommend it if it is going to be your only backpack--it's overkill. But it will serve you well if you use it as your "big" pack for long trips, expeditions, family trips where you haul everything, etc. I don't know if I trust Dana's new stuff made all over the world. I question some of the design changes that they have made with their other packs. I think that I would probably research other brands like Dana Gleason's new line called "The Works Mystery Ranch", Gregory, Granite Gear, etc. if I wanted a new "big" pack. But if you can find a used Astralplane made in Bozeman or even made early on in the transition when K-2 took over, it shouldn't dissapoint you.