User Review: JanSport Rainier
Price Paid: $110
This was my first internal framed backpack, bought 12 years ago. I have tried others and always end up going back to the Rainier.
Note there were 2 sized frames for this backpack made, for those under and over 5'8. I bought the smaller pack. I am 5'8, 170 lbs in good shape, 50-60 lbs starts to get uncomfortable. There is a LOT of adjustment with this pack so if it feels incredibly uncomfortable if it's set wrong.
Depending on your hiking/camping style this may be a pack for you. I find it great for the hot and humid east Texas forests, where the piney woods are not too thick so the bulky pack doesn't get caught much, and the ground is mostly flat sometimes very wet, does well enough in the cold but that's not my concern here.
The rain keeps off it but in a deluge break out a huge poncho to cover you and it. It's okay for longer hikes but I usually 'base camp' near a water source after a few mile trek vs hiking for days.
For a 3 day trip: 1 extra set of clothes/towel/various mosquito nets, against back so tools don't poke me. 2 propane cans fit perfect in side pouches, outer mesh water bottle pouch accessible while hiking, the lower pouch I load up with food (usually twice what I need, could go 'minimalist' style but why), in the large pouch all the tools/necessities/water and shower bags.
Took off the removable outer pouch. In its place is a medium sized first aid roll up bag, and the tiny zipper pouch on the outside I put 'survival' tools like firestarters, leatherman etc. tent sits easily atop the frame, and sleeping bag+pad easily attaches on the bottom. Pots, pan, cup, cutlery, lantern, tomahawk, etc hangs nicely from the external frame.
Right around 45 lbs. I don't notice any squeaking over the clanking cooking gear.