User Review: Sierra Designs Revival 65
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (Love it, Kept it)
Awesome pack. Excellent balance between lightweight pack and ability to carry a heavy load comfortably. Fulcrum single stay suspension moves with your body. Great organization. Top load with front access.
- Light weight
- Comfy straps and supension
- Great organization, lots of pockets
- Top Load with front access
- Single stay fulcrum suspension moves with body
- Slanted bottom won't snag on rocks when descending technical terrain
- No on the fly trekking pole holder
I did a ton of research trying to find the right pack. Weight was a major concern coming form a heavy pack. The problem is most light packs also have thin straps and a low max weight capacity. This pack is light; but, can also carry a substantial load if needed comfortably. The pack has wide comfy straps with good foam and an amazing suspension system. The Fulcrum suspension really moves with your body and is non constricting when turning or pivoting.
I narrowed my choice eventually down to two packs — this pack and an Osprey pack. While communicating with manufactures and customer support to get answers to questions I had with both packs, I was offered an opportunity to test this pack. No, I did not pay for it; however, it was one of only two choices narrowed down from a multitude of options. This pack is amazing. I since have 4 friends who have purchased this same pack after seeing it in action and comparing it to other choices out there.
As far as it compared to the Osprey pack I was considering... In the end, this suspension and airflow is a (in my opinion) better solution that Osprey's. The air channels work great while keeping the load closer to the body. The Ospreys mesh panel does a good job of venting; but, pushes weight father away from the back. The Revival's Fulcrum suspension moves better with the body. Yes, I have since also had the opportunity to try out the Osprey pack.
This pack is top loading with front access to get at items mid trek. You sacrifice a separate sleeping bag compartment which I don't use and feel is not needed anyways. I would much rather have top load with additional panel access than a sleeping bag compartment.
The organization is fantastic with plenty of pockets for a light weight pack. The hip pockets can actually hold a cliff bar or small camera etc.
The pack is fairly water resistant. After getting caught in a heavy down pour last summer, the internal portions stayed dry.
So far I can honestly say the only feature I wish this pack had would be a system for stowing trekking poles on the fly.
I tested my pack. My friends all payed for theirs because they saw how great it is. This pack is "The Pack". I could not find a better balance of weight to comfort in any other pack.