User Review: Marmot Gunnison
Price Paid: $60
This may not be what this pack is designed for, but it holds everything I need. I am an electronics technician. I am currently assigned to a contract position providing maintenance and installation support for electronic access control systems for the government in Washington DC.
I have been looking for a backpack that I could put all of my daily work-related items in and carry with me on service calls and other installation work. Our office is between 2 and 10 blocks from most of our sites, therefore I walk to and from most of the locations on a daily basis. I had all of my "stuff" in a backpack that I bought at a super retailer a few months ago. It has sufficed, but was far from ideal (it did not have much storage space) or very comfortable.
When I saw the storage locations and design of the Gunnison backpack I knew it was what I had been looking for. I got it home and transferred all of the things I had in the other backpack. The competitor's backpack was filled to its limits and uncomfortable to carry. About the only advantage it has over the Gunnison is a larger carry handle at the top, but that it not a big deal to me.
I transfered everything: my small tool bag and all the tools in it (screwdrivers, wire-cutters, needle-nose pliers, lineman's pliers, tweekers, cutters, small AA maglite flashlight, driver bits in a plastic case, tape, coaxial strippers, splice crimpers), a CAT-6 Termination tool, Fluke multimeter, two punch-down tools, a Fox & Hound inductive signal tracer set, tape measure, some spare parts, legal pad portfolio, small (12") umbrella, safety gloves, safety goggles, soldering iron, solder, 6" crescent wrench, pens, a pencil, four full sized Sharpies, basic day to day supplies, etc. Everything.
I still have a completely empty compartment! The large main one is completely empty, with an empty laptop sleeve. This thing is huge, but no larger than a standard size backpack, if you ask me.
Did I mention that this backpack is awesome?
I will definitely spread the word to the other technicians I work with and the tactical/protection personnel I come into contact with each day. I'm sure this pack could perform well for them, also.