Backpack Review by: firstname.lastname@example.org Manufacturer:…
Model: Skylite 455
Suggested use: Daypack, Summit, Biking, Skiing
Rated Capacity (Manufacturer): 3050 ci.
Capacity as tested: 2626 ci.
Weight (Manufacturer): 2 lb. 3 oz.
Weight as tested: 2 lb. 8 oz.
Height unextended: 23 inches
Height extended: 26 inches
Subjective load rating: 20 lb.-25 lb.
Note: Capacity includes all pockets, lid, and main pack compartment(s). Capacity was calculated by filling the compartments with measured amounts of water. Weight is complete pack as shipped from the manufacturer. Height is measured with the pack stuffed as full as possible while still being able to fully close all draw cords, zippers etc.
Construction features: Dupont Kevlar Ripstop Cordura, with waterproof coating. Ferrino nylon zippers with metal pulls. Medium weight nylon strapping and nylon buckles. Neat sewing with stitches at 8 per inch.
Suspension: 1/8” thick flexible nylon framesheet, non-removeable. Shoulder straps are sewn on at the top and adjustable at the bottom. They are made of nylon mesh with a piece of nylon strapping running down the middle. Elastic sternum strap. The waistband is nylon mesh with a piece of nylon strapping through the middle. The backpad is the Ferrino “Equalized Back Pressure” system. Its three 1” pads, one for each shoulder blade and one for the lumbar area. They are covered in nylon webbing. Two side compression straps for each side.
Fitting: No problem with 20-25 lb. Lots of fitting room, snugs up tight and compresses well with the side straps.
Amenities: The main compartment is extendable holding approx. 1993 ci unextended and 2426 ci. extended. It uses a drawstring for closure. Theres also a zipper on the front bottom to access the main compartment down low. There is a drawstring closure inside the main compartment to divide it into two areas. The top lid holds approx. 200 ci. and is accessed by a zipper toward the back. There is one ax loop and pockets on the lower sides to put ski tips into. The top closes by a single strap down the middle of the pack.
Praise: Glow in the dark zipper pulls. No kidding. The Equalized Back Pressure system is very comfortable and provides good airflow up the back. This is the Official pack for the Italian search and rescue.
Punishment: Backpad could be stiffer in my opinion. This pack would also benifit by a daisy chain for addittional gear attachment points.
Final Verdict: Excellent choice for a lightweight pack of this size/ weight/capacity. The Kevlar fabric is very tough for its weight.