I bought this pack on sale in the green color... even…
Price Paid: $189
I bought this pack on sale in the green color... even though I dislike the color and how obnoxious it is, the pack is incredible. I took it on a ten day trip and loved it.
I've had problems with the padding in previous packs. Often it ends up digging into my hip bones and causing serious discomfort. Not so with this baby! I averaged about 35lbs in it most of the trip, and it was amazing. I'd take it off after a few hrs and feel pretty good. The pack felt more like 10lbs most the time, and on my small frame that takes a miracle!
Only complaints are... the material is light green. While I hate the color, I would deal with it better if it didn't absorb everything. I mean everything! Every little stain it could absorb, it does. And because of the color, it shows all blemishes off.
Also, a zipper in the center of the pack for middle access and a removable lid/fanny pack would be nice additions, but the pack is so amazing on me that can be overlooked.
Also nice, it's a one size fits all. I have a 15.5 torso and my friend with a 17.5 borrowed it and just lowered the hip belts and it worked well for her. It's nice to have the option to change, especially if you're in between sizes or tend to lend your pack to friends.