EMS Summit TL
I have read some awesome reviews of this backpack.
Design: Top-loading internal, 2 bottle pockets
Size: ~3000 Cu Inches
Number of Pockets: 2 Top pockets
Max. Load Carried: 40+ pounds
Height of Owner: 5' 10 (145 Pound male)
Price Paid: $109 plus tax
I have read some awesome reviews of this backpack. I had a bad experience with it however.
Make sure you pay careful attention to weight distribution when you pack this bag. In the summer of 2005 I attempted a 2-day 20 mile-per-day hike in the hilly woods of Pachaug State forest in Voluntown, CT.
A majority of the weight I carried was in food and water. I expect that I had 40 pounds in my bag, mainly because of the 90 degree heat.
The long and short of my negative experience was that because of my relatively small frame, the bag did not fit me well. Because I had the weight load pretty high on this bag probably at best rated for 30 pounds, I had more problems. Mainly, this was chafing on my back. I had to put a towel behind my back to increase my waist size and stop the chafe.
Ultimately I finished my hike effectively, but make sure you pack and size the EMS Summit TL appropriately.
This is a highly reviewed bag for the price. You may need another bag for the rough stuff though. If you're kind of thin and are doing anything serious outdoors consider another, perhaps more-expensive pack that is better fitting than having to buy this one AND another one down the line.
Maybe would be better in colder climate when not sweaty and have a thicker layer to prevent chafing.
This is the first pack I have ever owned. I got it…
Number of Pockets: One main and two smaller pockets on the top.
Max. Load Carried: Around 25 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 4"
Price Paid: $89.25
This is the first pack I have ever owned. I got it based on some positive reviews I read and could not be happier. I used this pack for a 5 day hike on the AT and it was very comfortable. My only complaint are the bottle holders. They are very short and my water bottles were always falling out. If it wasn't for that I would have given this pack a 5 star review. Overall though I couldn't be happier and would recommend this pack.
This backpack is great for bushwacking and slot canyon…
Design: Top-Loading Pack
Size: 3200 ish
Number of Pockets: One Main
Max. Load Carried: About 30...what it's made for
Height of Owner: 6'4''
Price Paid: $89
This backpack is great for bushwacking and slot canyon adventures. It is slim, and the simple exterior is good because nothing gets in the way on the trail. Great for weekends and fastpacking...about 30 lbs worth of gear. I'm 6'4" so I wish it was a bit more adjustable, but still does great. The price is pretty amazing too.
Here's what other sites are saying:
"You won't believe the comfort and features this top-loading weekend pack offers for the price." - Backpacker Magazine, 2005 Editor's Choice Award. One of the most supportive rucksacks (mid-size packs) on the market; the solid framework lets you carry 30 pounds centered comfortably on your hips. V-pattern aluminum stays and plastic framesheet provide excellent load-bearing stability. Brock foam padding on shoulder straps and hip belt has exceptional breathability to keep you cooler. Suspension also features dual-density air-mesh back panel, load-lifter straps, sternum strap, hip-belt stabilizers. Torso-length, shoulder straps and hip belt sized for a women's fit. Top-loading access. Shove-it flap on front keeps extra gear handy. Fleece-lined glasses pocket on lid.
- EMS refers to the women's version