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Historic Range: $169.95
Reviewers Paid: $180.00
Most recently this pack proved to be an excellent choice for a summit/day pack on a 12 day mountaineering course in the Alaska Range. It has travelled with me on remote trails from the South Pacific to the alpine country of Northern Alaska. It can handle slopping around in a crevasse for hours, extreme heat or cold don't seem to faze it at all (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit or minus 35 degrees).
Loads of features, including the ice axe loops, ski attachment points and heavy duty zippers make it super fun to take anywhere. It's a tad on the heavy side, but the beefy and comfortable shoulder and waist straps allow me to haul heavy loads without any discomfort.
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Design: Front loading, two compartments
Number of Pockets: 2 plus a top stash pocket for snacks
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs (with a full gear rack)
Height of Owner: 67 inches
Price Paid: $180