Mountain Hardwear Foray
I bought this pack after reading several reviews that…
Price Paid: $70
I bought this pack after reading several reviews that it was a good size for multi-day trips. Anyone who can pack this bag for a multi-day trip is either a supreme minimalist who lives on powerbars and olive oil shots or has tons of money to spend on the absolute smallest, lightest, and newest gear available.
I have given it several chances to prove its worth, in each situation it failed.
Attempt #1: I originally tried to pack it for a two night Grand Canyon hike along the main corridor trails.
Outcome #1: FAILED. As soon as you put in a three liter hydration bladder there is no room left for anything else. I had to re-pack into my older EMS Long Trail, which fit everything fine.
Attempt #2: Packed it for an attempt at a 10,000'+ peak in the California Sierras.
Outcome #2: FAILED. Pack was too small for a bearbox (Garcia) and hydration sleeve. I had to re-pack into my EMS Long Trail.
Attemp #3: Two day trip into the Yosemite backcountry. Outcome #3: MARGINALLY SUCCESSFUL. The pack was stuffed to the gills so tightly inside like a jigsaw puzzle that if you misplaced any piece of equipment nothing else would fit.
I am glad I bought this on a 35% off coupon from Sierra Trading Post and didn't waste much money on it. I don't know how anyone can use this for more than an overnight pack. I use compressor packs, repackage all my food, and wear the same stinky clothes for days on end.
This bag is nothing more than a glorified daypack.
The first thing I did when I got home was to load…
Max. Load Carried: 32lbs
Height of Owner: 5ft10in.
Price Paid: $134.50
The first thing I did when I got home was to load the Foray. After 3 different ways I found that loading the bag center heavy seemed most comfort for me. Love this bag, wish it had entry to inside other than just through the top.