User Review: McHale Super Inex ( w/extras)
Design: Internal frame
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 75 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'4"
Price Paid: $725 U.S.
My Super Inex is custom made for my torso, weight and waist size. Dan McHale took my order over the phone and I sent him several photographs and measurements of myself. 4 weeks later I received the pack which included 2 500 cu pockets, a snow shovel carrier and an Airline carrier/rain cover. The materials are super heavy duty and the workmanship is bombproof.
It took me two overnight trips to learn the perfect setup for maximum comfort. I can, at any time put the entire load on my hips thanks to best waist belt I have ever used. The shoulder straps are infinantly adjustable and feature a one of a kind load varying strap that works while you are hiking. 75 lbs is still heavy but managable and tolerable for a fit person using the Inex. Even a Dana Astralplane or Bora 95 can't match it and I have tried both. I am not rich but the extra price for a custom made pack that outdoes all others on the market is worth it. I have only used the extra pockets twice (in the Alaska range) as the pack is simply huge without them. The top part makes a large comfy fanny pack and the bayonet system breaks down (takes one minute with practice) to make a great summit pack that carries as much as many full backpacks.
I was skeptical of buying this pack at first but I'm very glad I made the investment. You can get a video from Dan McHale and ask him questions before you order. Don't expect a space age looking designer pack when you get it. If looks are your priority try the Madison Ave. bunch. If comfort and utilty are important get a McHale. By the way I am very nit picky and very hard on my equipment. I complain loudly about gear that irritates me in the back country and I rejoice when good equipment like Inex comes along.
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