User Review: Marmot Sun Ribbon
Design: top loading; internal frame
Number of Pockets: 3 zipper; 2 pouches
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'-6"
Price Paid: $136
I have been thru-hiking for several years and wanted to upgrade my backpack. After much research I chose the Sun Ribbon. I liked the large external pockets which allow easy access to misc. items along the trail and the two deep side pouches are great for keeping water bottles handy.
The heavy-duty zippers are easy to find and never snag plus a water-proof bottom compartment was perfect for stashing my sleeping bag. The removable lid offers lots of storage and adjusts for any size load. (I've used the lid as a fanny/day pack simply by attaching a couple straps).
I had a difficult time adjusting my old pack to fit my long torso but this pack feels well balanced and comfortable no matter how much I carry thanks to the adjustable belt and specially designed harness straps. I try to keep what I carry under 20lbs. but have hauled over 25lbs on occasion.
At a little over 5lbs. (when empty) this pack is relatively light compared to the loads of space it has to carry what you need for multiple days on the trail. No matter the terrain or environment this pack has performed well and has proven to be durable. A comfortable backpack makes every hike more enjoyable.