JanSport Katahdin 70L
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After purchasing this pack in the spring, I finally…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70
After purchasing this pack in the spring, I finally put it to use on the AT the first weekend of June. The pack performed admirably carrying all the gear needed for a weekend trek.
I am a large hiker at 6'4", 210 pounds, and I appreciated the adjustable shoulder straps. I was able to carry most of the weight on my hips and legs. The mesh pockets on the outside of the pack kept snacks, trail maps, lights and cameras readily available. The top pouch was also convenient for easy access.
Given that I purchased the item on clearance, I am very pleased with the size, quality of construction, and value.
- Large main compartment
- Accessible exterior storage
- Adjustable shoulder straps
- I would have liked a larger sleeping bag compartment.
I used this for a weekend segment hike of the AT in the north Georgia mountains. The pack is quite spacious in the main compartment and could have easily held gear and supplies for a longer trip.
Being able to access frequently used items in the exterior mesh pockets was a big plus for getting pictures, snacks, compass, maps and other items without taking the pack off and digging through the main compartment. My Camelbak water bladder worked well with the bladder section in the pack's main compartment.
I must admit that I took a chance on this bag based on a 50% off clearance price and was not sure of the fit or quality, but the adjustable straps kept the load comfortably on my legs and off my neck and shoulders. I was also pleasantly surprised that the materials, zippers and mesh pockets seem sturdy and functioned well.
Only time and many more miles will prove the durability, but it definitely performed well on the first outing.