I think Marmot has taken a great Dana Designs name…
Design: internal frame---top loading b/c of small zippers
Size: 7000 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs
Height of Owner: 6' 00"
I think Marmot has taken a great Dana Designs name and put it on a pack that is clearly sub-standard. The padding on the back is practically non-existent, the suspension causes most of the weight to rest on equally un-padded shoulder straps. Worst of all, if you are buying a 7000 cubic inches pack, you probably would like to be able to fit your sleeping bag into the bottom. The size of the zipper is ridiculous. I'm sending mine back.
Here's what other sites are saying:
On Sale. Free Shipping. Marmot Astralplane Pack (Fall 2007) Setting the comfort standard for carrying monster loads, the Astraplane Pack by Marmot is the quintessential expedition pack in volume, versatility and durability. Specifications: Volume: 7000 cu. in. / 115 liters (Size Medium) Weight: 6 lb 6 oz / 3.3kg (Size Medium) Features: Arc Flex frame system Interchangeable waist belt Interchangeable shoulderpads Sleeping bag compartment Tunnel Stash System Retractable bottom Removable lid converts to lumbar pack Sleeping pad straps Trampoline Bottom Two front pockets
Marmot designed the Astralplane Backpack, at 7000cu in, to carry an absolutely massive amount of gear on large-scale expeditions. As the largest offering form Marmot, this expedition pack takes you out for the long haul. The Astralplane Backpack's supportive Arc Flex frame uses a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber stays that transfer the load to your waist, taking the burden off your back and making your humongous load easier to carry. Make the Astralplane fit like a glove using the Custom Fit back panel, shoulder straps, and waistbelt. This mammoth Marmot pack also has two front pockets to aid in organization, and a removable lid that converts to a lumbar pack when you head out for a side trip from base camp. The Marmot Astralplane is ideal for mountaineers schlepping big loads up Denali, but any backpacker who is going out for less than three weeks should stay clear.
Description of Marmot AstralplaneSetting the comfort standard for carrying monster loads, the Astraplane is the quintessential expedition pack in volume, versatility and durability.Features:Medium: 6lb 5 ozs / 2.8 kgShell material: LTD Nylon 420d HD Small Rip Volume (metric): Medium: 115Arc Flex frame system Interchangeable waist belt Custom fitInterchangeable shoulderpads Custom FitSleeping bag compartment Tunnel Stash System Retractable bottom Removable lid converts to lumbar pack Sleeping pad straps secure a pad under your packTrampoline Bottom Increases long-term durability of pack bottom.Two front pockets increase storageArc Flex is an active framing system combining shapable aluminum with the resiliene of carbon fiber reinforced fiberglass to comfort and support your back while distributing the weight of the pack to your hips.Seven sizes of backpanels to fit your torso lengthFive sizes of shoulder pads fit your chest volumeFive sizes of contour mo
- US Outdoor Store