User Review: Equinox Katahdin
Price Paid: $100
Love this pack! I have used it for the past five years and I have never had a problem with it.
There is a raincover that you can purchase for it but I like to stuff a heavy duty garbage bag in as a liner, then my coiled up sleeping pad that when spread open makes a very good internal frame. everything stuffs into this, it holds a lot. I twist the top of the GB, tuck the twist under the cinch top and I have a very light pack with everything inside watertight.
I used to use a good quality Osprey pack, but when I switched to the Katahdin I shaved over 5 pounds from my base weight.
The shoulder straps and padded hip belt are very comfortable. There are 2 water bottle carriers at the base of each side of the hip belt and two zippered pockets where the shoulder straps meet the pack.
I tend to be rough with the pack, sitting on it for breaks and leaning on it up against a tree, but this pack shows no sign of wear or tear. It carries my winter gear and will cinch down secure for lighter summer loads.
This is really a good solid choice for keeping things light!