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Reviewers Paid: $200.00-$300.00
I got this pack on sale. I use it for 3-5 day hiking trips, one day trad climbing trips, Search and Rescue missions, plus one slightly overloaded 4 day trad trip. Very comfortable. The best feature this pack has is the clam shell design that allows the pack to be laid on its back and loaded like a flat bucket; allowing PERFECT load organization, and I can get out whatever I want, RIGHT NOW! Being Dana it is of course of very high quality. It is not quite tall enough on my body for the upper load straps to do much good even with a completely full load, but the lower ones really work well. My main complaint about the pack is every strap is too long and goes flying about in the wind, but I haven't cut them down yet so I must not be too upset.
Number of Pockets: lid,+ main,+internal map
Max. Load Carried: 65 lbs
Height of Owner: 5-8
Price Paid: $200
I've owned my Bighorn pack for about a year now, and I have to say that it is one of the best investments I have made in outdoor equipment to date. Patiently and correctly fitted, a Dana pack will be your best friend for years. I usually use my 3600 ci Bighorn on overnight trips, sometimes 2 nights. I have even carried 40 lbs on a 7 day trip in the Wind Rivers, and my Bighorn barely showed any signs of being overloaded.
The price is high for a pack in this size, however, if you use your equipment enough, and find enough pleasure in your adventures, I recommend the investment.
Design: Internal frame
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'1''
Price Paid: about $300