Dana Design Mazama
Design: Top-loading internal
Size: 3500-3900 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 10"
Price Paid: $139
I have owned a Dana Mazama for a year and a half, and it has become my favorite 3-season pack. It has seen me through 5-day trips in Glacier National Park and in Wyoming's Wind River Range, as well as a 2-day torrential downpour in Nebraska.
At first glance, I had doubts about the hip-belt design and the exposed zippers, but apparently the designers know their stuff: the belt and suspension is the most comfortable I've ever tried, and not a drop of water has infiltrated my down sleeping bag stored inside. The comfortable ride deteriorates when carrying over 30 lbs, so 5-6 days is pretty much the top end if you have otherwise light and compact gear.
I'm sure there are better packs out there, but I haven't found one yet.
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Excels with thru hiking to longer day hikes with features simultaneously geared toward the backpacker and day user. Fabric: LTD & 420 HT Capacity: 3500/3900 cu. in. Weight: 3 lbs., 9 oz. Mesh shovit: allows quick access to layers Compression lid: secures contents of lid Hydration sleeve: allows easy access to water Weather resistant zippers: for clean entry/exit of outer pockets Top compression web: stabilizes top of load
This pack is ideal for long weekends, peak bagging and one- to two-night backcountry adventures. Top-loading pack features a removable compression lid with zippered pocket and top compression web straps to stabilize load. Stash gear or clothing into the front mesh Shov-It® pocket. Internal sleeve holds hydration reservoir (sold separately) for hands-free drinking on the trail. Two zippered vertical pockets and two zippered bottom pockets organize gear efficiently. Watertight zippers throughout help protect contents from foul weather. Features key fob and removable ice axe loop. Ergonomic, fully padded suspension and aluminum/HDPE internal frame with fiberglass stays evenly distribute weight for great carrying comfort. Contoured molded hipbelt, padded shoulder straps and padded back panel increase comfort and manage moisture. Overstock.