User Review: Osprey Argon 110
Design: Top loading internal
Size: 110 liters
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 70 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 10"
I had always done my backpacking with an external frame pack. Since this is my first internal frame pack, my comments will be slanted.
I bought this pack because I carry HUGE loads - I like to have plenty of comforts for the Cub Scouts I lead. My first excursion was a boat trip to N Manitou Island followed by a short 1 mile hike in with 70 lbs, so the pack was loaded to the max. I have to say it was very comfortable and handled it well. When I returned, I noticed one of the aluminum load bars pushed through the bottom. I believe this was due to a manufacturing oversight more than an inherent problem with the pack. The bar was (with great effort) returned to the plastic keeper (I don't think it started life in this keeper) and I haven't seen a problem since.
I like the sleeping bag pocket on the bottom, which handles my bag and pad easily. The divider leaves space for my tent poles to run the full length of the pack, which is a great plus. Without additional pockets, I will need to purchase additional stuff sacks. Otherwise small items work their way to the bottom of the DEEP main pocket. Again, I was used to the external frame packs that have many pockets. The front elastic pocket is not useful when on the trail, but seems to be a great place for the poncho when its wet. The loads remain stable under all conditions and the shear volume of this pack allows everything to remain inside (doesn't have any daisy chains, so its a good thing).
The lid converts to a hip pack. Although another review said you have to remove the hip belt from the pack to utilize this, you don't. The belt for this is tucked behind it's pad and worked well for day hikes. It has ample volume for a "multi-person" first-aid kit while still handling my lunch and platypus. I was pleased with it.
Hope this helps.