User Review: Macpac Cascade
Design: Toploader with bottom zip into sleeping bag compartment
Max. Load Carried: 30kg
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: AUD430
I bought my pack in 1993 and it stood up well to ten years of being dragged round the world on aircraft and climbing trips to various parts of Asia. It needed two minor stitching repairs (haul loop and shoulder strap) and I finally started wearing through the base. Macpac fixed all of this under warranty, even the last which was clearly just down to ten years of abuse.
Pros: incredibly rugged, Aztec material much nicer than nylon, great customer service.
Cons: aluminium stays don't retain shape over the long haul (too soft, but this is common with most packs), bottom zipper a bit stiff.