User Review: Mountainsmith Falcon 55
Size: 55 - 60 Liters
Max. Load Carried: 25lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: 148
I love this backpack. It's lighter than the North Face Crestone 60 and has almost just as much room. This is what I'm able to put INSIDE the pack: North Face Dolomite 20 degree sleeping bag (long version), Eureka Pinnacle Pass 2A tent and rainfly (with the poles on the outside of the pack), GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Base Camper Medium cook set. Inside the cookset is my Brunton Lander stove, 4 plates and a couple of nesting cups. Also inside the pack is my Black Diamond Apollo and Orbit lanterns, a couple of .6L fuel bottles and a butane canister for my stove. Even after all that in my pack, there is still enough room to put a couple of days worth of food in, plus I still haven't put anything in the pack's lid!
On the OUTSIDE, I have my tent poles on one side and a machete on the other side, plus there are lots of straps at the bottom of the pack for a sleeping pad or even another small tent. The side compression straps can be configured to go across the back of the pack to hold more stuff, however if I did that I couldn't have my poles and machete on the sides.
So let's recap: This back holds my tent, sleeping bag, stove, cookset, fuel, machete, food, little lanterns, and I still have space for stuff in the detachable lid.
The only reason I am giving this product 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it took me about a dozen times to get it properly adjusted. The instructions on the lid appear to be generic, for example it shows the shoulder straps snapping in place but it really is adjusted with pull straps.
I highly recommend this pack! I think it is a shame no one has reviewed this back yet.