User Review: Mountainsmith Expanse
Max. Load Carried: 50
Height of Owner: 5'9''
Price Paid: $180
Overall, I'm quite happy with this pack. A bit on the heavy side, but the suspension system works great once you get it tweaked right (there are lots of adjustables to be toyed with). The sleeping bag "divider" is worthless to me, but I love the U-zipper. My bag goes at the bottom, then my tent above it. The tent comes out easily from the bottom of the U-zipper, and then the sleeping bag is easy to pull out.
The water compartment is also worthless, as it is not near the top of the pack...it's hard to shove the reservoir in there when you have stuff in the pack. I just plop my reservoir somewhere near the top of the pack...no big deal.
The mesh pockets and front pocket are great for organizing gear.
Really solid construction...have had it for almost 3 years and after about 25 trips it's functionally like new.
Also great for travel...pockets and U-zipper make it pretty easy to find stuff.