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EMS 3000

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

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Version reviewed: 2000

Well, it seems EMS has done it again. The y2k EMS 3000 pack is everything an internal frame can be of that size. It has two aluminum staves covered with a high-density polyethelyne (HDPE) framesheet (which all equates to the weight being focused in on the waist in the appropriate ratio). The back, shoulder straps, and waist belt are all 3D-Air mesh: a thick polyester wicking pad that keeps the sweat away from the hiker, keeping him/her more comfortable. The pack comes with a Platypus Hydration system (how cool is that?) to keep you drinking with ease and trekking longer. With two tool loops and plenty of lash points, this packs has no limits on what you can do! I hike with Danas and Gregorys mostly, but I bought this one since it was only $120. Now its my favorite pack due to its versatility. It will join the 4000-footer club soon enough and it hasn't lost a thread. I've had something break before that I bought at EMS and they were great about repairing it for me free of charge (and it was 10 years old!), so I know this is a pack for life right here. 10 out of 10 stars. Way to go EMS.

Design: Internal
Size: 3000
Max. Load Carried: approx 42 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'8"
Price Paid: $119

I have used this pack many years and it has treated me fairly well. It does well with heavy loads even with a skimpy hip belt, but personally, I like a thinner hip belt. The top-loading design is good with a large top pocket.

My complaints about the pack are the mesh "water bottle" pockets on the side. They don't hold a Nalgene very well. Also, after many years, the fabric covering the foam waistbelt has worn away (much quicker than I would expect) leaving the bare foam exposed. Maybe if they used a more burly Cordura covering...

It's a nice pack for some alpine climbing or a short 1-2 day trip though.

Design: Rucksack
Size: 3000
Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: 45
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $80 US

I use this pack for overnights, short backpacking trips, and climbing. I was able to fit enough gear for a two night trip of camping at the base of Snowmass (in the summer). Also, I fit climbing gear, tent, sleeping bag, etc. for a technical climb on Long's Peak in October.

I also can fit my whole rack, helmet, rock shoes, extra clothes, rope, camera, etc. and the weight is not a problem. The padding is just right for its size. The pack has a large top pocket, crampon patch w/ bungy straps, two water bottle pockets, slots for skis, daisy chains, and a cordura bottom. You can't beat this price either. 9/10 stars

Design: Internal
Size: 3000
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 45 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $80 (on sale)

OK Marcie gal, a guy who bought this pack on a recommendation and has loved it. A comfortable, easy to fit pack with great versatility. I've added pockets, bags, water bladders, etc, and this always feels comfortable without being a hinderance in the woods, or up steep alpine inclines. It cinches down nicely when lightly loaded. This pack has been on day trips and long multi-day excursions, across long trails and up Mt. Shasta. Buy it.

Design: Internal Frame
Size: 3000
Number of Pockets: Whatever
Max. Load Carried: 50 plus
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $89

I found this pack very comfortable because of the contoured straps and the removeable stiffener.

I'm a 40-something women and have been looking for a good overnighter. This pack also has three optional external packs that attach very easily and increase your capacity by about 600 cu in.

Come on gals... Let's hear from you

Size: 3000
Number of Pockets: 1 main w/small top pocket
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $80

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