User Review: Macpac Cascade
Size: 80 litres (approx)
Number of Pockets: 3 external, 1 internal
Max. Load Carried: 35 kgs (ie c. 82 pounds)
Height of Owner: 172 cm (ie 5ft 10 in)
Price Paid: $415 (Australian)
Macpac don't make anything other than world class gear. The Cascade is a great pack, made of canvas it maintains its shape very well, as well as being very waterproof. The pack has a very useful height adjustment bar, good back padding, and well protected pockets. It also has a sealable bottom compartment which is useful for putting tents away so that they can be extracted without unloading all the contents. There is a cordura bottom which can show signs of wearing after a lot of canyoning, pack hauling. I've used mine for five years in conditions from blinding heat to blizzards, canyoning and climbing, it is without doubt well nigh indestructible. Only two gripes, it uses a proprietary buckle that most stores do not stock and there could be a little more padding around the shoulder or hip straps. ANY MACPAC PACK IS A GREAT BUY. For American users, I haven't seen any US made gear even close to as tough as a Macpac (sorry). By the way, Macpac is made in NZ so there isn't any Third World standards used.