I purchased this backpack more than a year ago in…
Price Paid: approximately 60 USD (RRP around 95 USD)
I purchased this backpack more than a year ago in need of having a quality pack for upcoming race (MTB, trail run, canoe) with the possibility of using it as a day pack for almost any activity (town, long distance running, bike, short one day hikes...).
It's not a true ultra light pack, but its weight (approximately 670 grams including back pad) is quite nice regarding its durability and features.
Two compartments (both with waterproof zips) are more than enough to storage all the gear you´ll need for adventure races, long distance runs, fast and light hikes or common use in town (even for shopping - no problem with heavier loads, when you forget your STS Ultra-sil Shopping bag).
There is a bladder pocket in the main compartment which is big enough for full 2l Source bladder. The smaller compartment includes small zip pocket for thinks like wallet, cell phone etc.
Two external side stretch pockets are ideal for energy gels, bars and other stuff like that and you can reach them without the need of putting the pack down from you backs.
The chest and hip straps (really straps, you won't find a classical hip belt on this pack) are removable, which is useful, when you want to use the pack in town. They work well for keeping the pack fit properly on your back even if you run. As for use during races or runs, I would prefer to have light mesh hip belt with pockets instead of common strap.
There is also one pole / ice axe attachment point - I would prefer something like osprey "stow on the go" system instead of it. Two side compression straps are useful, when the pack is not full.
The back panel is removable, which is useful, because you can roll the pack into a very small package indeed.
I never had a problem with the venting or comfort, the back system is sufficient enough, the shoulder straps are comfy and elastic loops for the bladder tube are located just where they should be.
After more than one year of almost every day use the pack looks like nearly new one, the durability is perfect, there is even a stronger fabric used on the bottom of the pack.
This pack is good enough, it's light, durable, looks very nice (design is really good) and I will keep it mainly as a day pack for town, one day trips or as an emergency pack, which can be rolled and stuffed in bigger pack or luggage ready to use, when needed.
There are many better backpacks for ARs, long distance runs or one day hikes (from Osprey for example) and I wont buy this one for these activities again, but, as I wrote earlier - it´s a hard worker and it served me well.
- removable back pad (and the possibility of decreasing the weight and rolling the pack into a small package)
- absence of hip belt with pockets
- really missed something like "stow on the go" system
- no reflective pattern or marks