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Historic Range: $99.83-$198.99
Reviewers Paid: $75.00-$199.00
I can't ask much more from this pack. I have used it on a weekly basis to haul about 60 to 70 lbs of groceries, as well as numerous trips to the backcountry for 2 to 3 day stints. There isn't one tear, one thread coming unraveled. Nothing. This is the toughest pack I have ever owned or ever heard about. It takes a beating.
Comfort is amazing for this pack and it does a great job of distributing the weight. It's highly adjustable, and definitely contours your body.
It's hard to find fault with this pack, but there are some things that I would like to see changed. For starters, the internal frame system is noisy. It's a squeaky pack, due in large part to the lower support system. I haven't found a remedy to stop this, and have tried quite a few options.
Also, the water bottle pockets are almost rendered useless when side compartments are packed, and they have nothing to secure water bottles to the pack. The inside compartment divider is really difficult to use if you ask me, and could be designed better and more user friendly. Also, there aren’t a whole lot of options to compress this bag when gear hasn't filled this bag. A couple more compression straps on the sides would definitely help the overall design.
All in all, I am pleased with this purchase, and really can't believe how well this bag has held up to the constant abuse I put it through. My hat is off to Gregory for their incredible products.
Max. Load Carried: 80 lbs
Height of Owner: 67 inches
Price Paid: $75
I bought this pack 4 years ago for my wife. It ended up being mine because of the size. It has withstood years of abuse... being dragged through rhodos, thrown off cliffs, scraped against rocks, dropped in the mud, and miles and miles of walking through the woods. And to top it off it is the most comfortable pack I've ever worn thanks to Gregory's awesome suspension system. Thanks Gregory!
Height of Owner: 6.0
Price Paid: Don't Remember
I bought this pack 3 years ago on eBay after reading a great review in Backpacking magazine. I've used it on day, weekend, and longer hikes and it handles all the stuff I can fit in it comfortably.
Hip padding is fantastic and you hardly notice weight on your back. Often use it on 14ers where side traverses require some easy 5 scrambling and the pack contours well to your body. Only drawback is the almost 6# weight.
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $80, eBay
I love this backpack. I've had it for three years now and I can't seem to beat it up. No tears, and no rips. I'm the terrible hiker that gets to camp and drops my backpack on the ground and generally treats my gear horribly. The Acadia has taken all of my beating and asked when the next trip begins. The suspension is great and fits me perfectly. It's very easy to adjust and handles your weekend loads easily. If you're looking for a three-day backpack that can rough it with you, then check this bag out.
Number of Pockets: Main compartment + 3 side pockets
Height of Owner: 5'11"
Price Paid: $199