I first used the pack on the Continental Divide Trail…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Top-loading external
Size: Large, 4900 cc
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 45-50 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $150

I first used the pack on the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado. First of all I'm impressed with the construction and adjustability of the pack, although it did take a while to get the adjustment right. The golden fiberglass rods on the sides of the pack look great and also have an infinite range of adjustment for transferring weight from the shoulder to the hips or vice versa. This adjustment common to all the other Dana internal frame packs, worked best on the Shortbed.

I like the number of compartments available on the pack, it really helped to keep gear organized.
Once the pack was adjusted, it just rode like a dream. I had Keltys and I feel that they don't compare to the comfort and load bearing capabilities of the Shortbed. The only pack that came close is the North Face Backmagic external frame pack that is discontinued.

The only downside of the pack and this may be a little picky is the squeeks and groans the pack makes while hiking.

Where to Buy

Help support this site by making your next gear purchase through one of the links above. Click a link, buy what you need, and the seller will contribute a portion of the purchase price to support Trailspace's independent gear reviews.

The Shortbed has been discontinued.

reviewers paid:

The Dana Design Shortbed is not available from the stores we monitor.

Recently on Trailspace

Katadyn BeFree 0.6L Review

NRS H2Core Silkweight Hoodie Review

Macpac Minaret Review

Cabela's Alaskan Guide 6-Man Review

Mountain Hardwear Yumalino Pant Review