User Review: Marmot Blue Ridge
Source: Spring gear swap (pack was new)
This is a great small pack for ultra light packing and strong enough to hold 40+ plus if one has to. With no frame it hugs your back and stays with you, but it does get hot in Arizona heat. Waist belt is a little thin but strong and has great side straps to pack on the outside if you have to. The big top flap and the two front zippers work well to keep rain or moisture out.
- Contour shoulder straps
- 5L expandable top
- Strong fabric and stitching
- Made for people of all sizes
- Chest clip (not buckle) pops out (sewed a loop around should strap)
- Hot in summer heat
- No hydration bladder slit
Overall the pack feels great, a girl that's 5'2" to a man that's 6'2" have used it comfortably. The hip belt though thin is a strong good size belt for this pack size and the contoured shoulder straps allow it to fit a wide range of torsos.
The pack size is good for a day to three, depending on how much luxury is taken and is great for canyoneering through tight slots. Only a top loader but opens wide and really all you need for a pack this size. Since it has no frame you must know how to pack properly to distribute weight and external straps help compress pack well.
The Blue Ridge is a durable pack and can take much abuse as long as you address the chest strap issue or are able to field dress. In the past 6 years I have used it in the deserts and snowy caps of Arizona from hot and thorny Sonoran deserts to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the San Francisco peaks and in the slots of northern Paria Canyon and has done its job great.