Lowe Alpine Saracen
Price Paid: 120 British Pounds ebay
If you are really strong...this pack will outlast by far the poor guy who has to carry it--it's heavy and expensive, but if you are never coming back to civilization, this is the one that will see you through.
For comfort, I would take the Gregory, but for sheer durability and top quality materials, this is the best I have seen. No lightweight compromises here for yuppie hikers (like myself...).
One flaw: the stitching is single--for the price, Lowe could have done triple stitches on their top-of-the-line pack. And I would have preferred a hard-shell belt, but I guess if you are going to be dropping it out of low-flying airplanes, the soft belt will hold up better.
Size: 120 liters
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 40 kg+
Price Paid: 250 euros
Big, strong, easy to carry...expedition backpack.
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CLOSEOUTS . With a huge 5492 cu.in. of capacity and extremely durable 1000 denier Cordura(R) nylon fabric, the Saracen military backpack from Lowe Alpine is ready to tackle multi-day adventures in the backcountry. Large capacity for extended backcountry excursions Contoured shoulder straps and padded waistbelt Two large side compartments detach to form a small pack for quick hikes Hydration pocket, ice axe loops and lots of attachment points for extra gear Lower sleeping bag compartment with divider Adjustable waistbelt and sternum strap for a snug, secure fit Internal frame Waistbelt: Adjusts to 55" Fits torsos: 16-22" Dimensions (HxWxD): 31x15x10" Capacity: 5492 cu.in. with 2440 cu.in. Spindrift collar extension Weight: 9 lb. 6 oz. Material: 1000 denier Cordura(R) Nylon Made in Vietnam. Visit our Backpack Guide Available Colors: OLIVE DRAB, ORIGINAL ARMY CAMO.
- Sierra Trading Post