EMS Summit 5000
Price Paid: $199
This pack was comfortable and easy to organize. It has a seperate pocket in front of the middle opening that has small mesh pockers in it so it's really great for organizing small stuff. Had alot of padding and room, and seemed like it was a great pack. But, I haven't even had it for week, and haven't even taken it camping yet and it broke. One of the main screws holding a strap broke. The back would still be wearable it I was stuck in the woods, but even if this was a defect it doesn't say much for durability.
Design: internal frame
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 65 lbs.
Height of Owner: 6'3
Price Paid: $169 on sale
This pack works very well for long extended hiking trips. The longest I went was four days in the ADK's. It's not too great when it gets wet. I recommend a rain cover for sure. It has plenty of room for storage, and feels terrific on my back, no complaints there, which is basically a determinate factor for a succesful pack. I definitely recommend this pack for spring-fall hiking and camping.
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With a slightly shorter torso length than our Summit 5500, this long-range hauler is a good match for shorter men and taller women. Backpackers will especially like the fully contoured waist belt that is hard-mounted to the pack, creating fantastic load transfer to the hips. Ideal for extended backpacking trips like the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails. Made from abrasion-resistant, high-density 420-denier nylon ripstop reinforced with 1,000-denier Kodra nylon on the bottom. Fully adjustable suspension with shoulder straps that pivot into place. Front-panel access through the front pocket and through the sleeping-bag compartment. Floating lid converts to a fanny pack. Hydration sleeve and port; two large water-bottle pockets with integrated ski slots. Axe and trekking pole loops. Comes with our regular size waist belt (fits waist 32-36 in.) and shoulder harness (fits torso 17-22 in.).