User Review: Wild Things Guide Pack
Price Paid: $175
As a ski mountaineer/alpinist this is the perfect day pack. It follows the tried and true design of a good pack, top loading, two compression straps, and removable lid.
The weight is what sold me, it's light. Remove the lid when you need less space and it's even lighter. The fabric isn't going to last a lifetime but it'll take a heavy beating when skiing trees or hauling it while climbing.
Being fairly tall, it would be nice to have a longer version, but it still fits great. The waist strap is perfect, not too wide or overly padded. Being such a light pack, little features weren't left out. There is a whistle, 2 draw cords instead of 1, haul loops on the shoulder strap, zipper under the lid, 2 clips to tie down crampons or a rope under the lid, etc.
Someone mentioned in doesn't have gear loops and well yes, it lacks that, but I find gear loops get in the way of my skis when I have them on my pack and a compression strap can double as a gear loop. If your wearing your harness or a gear sling, then the problem is obsolete.
Overall I greatly recommend this pack. Is it worth 175$? Well, if you're serious about mountains, I don't think that question should even cross your mind.
Bought mine at wildthingsgear.com