User Review: Marmot Gunnison
Price Paid: $60
This is an excellent day pack. The quality is EXCEPTIONAL! I put it through far more than it was probably intended to do and it is still as strong as the day I bought it (about 8 months ago).
I have always bought cheap wal-mart bags in the past and they would never stand up to this abuse. Were it one of those cheap-o packs the seems would have burst months ago. The padding is very good and it is really expandable. The compression straps cinch it down to next to nothing, but if you push it, it can hold up to 2000 cu. in! It's really quite impressive.
My only complaints have to do with features. While the many compartments are great, I would like to see the laptop sleeve be replaced with a hydration reservoir area (this is not a school bag anyway. it's far too tough for that).
I would also like two mesh pockets for 32 oz Nalgene's. It has small side pockets with mesh and elastic that will hold 16 oz bottles, but they eat up interior space, and i find those small bottles to be a pain. The little plastic flap thing on the front is capable of holding a jacket or sandals, etc. but I think that a bungee system would work better (but hey, it is unique!).
Finally, probably my biggest complaint is that there is no designated place to clip/strap things on. A daisy chain and some sleeping pad straps would make this thing the ultimate. I know that I am not asking too much because Kelty puts all of those missing features on their packs of comparable size.