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Jack Wolfskin Packmonster II

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

The Packmonster II has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best expedition packs for 2024.

I brought this pack on a 5 day hike through South Dakota's Black Hills national forest carrying about 40 lbs of gear and absolutely love it. I especially love the material. This pack feels as solid as they come and expect it to last me a long, long time. It's taller and more narrower which centers the gravity along the center of your spine and has a center divider in the main sack so u can put the heavy stuff close to your back and the ligher stuff farther away. I just wish it had a couple of mesh water bottle holders, but that is just nitpicking. The top lid converts to a very comfortable fanny pack. Sleeping bag compartment, extremely well constructed with tough zippers at an affordable price. I love this sack!

Design: Internal
Size: 5000 c.u.
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 45 lbs
Height of Owner: 5ft. 11in.
Price Paid: $220

Warranty not lifetime—only 2 years.

Pros

  • Still looks new

I have a pack that I’ve had for many years, however have only used it maybe 3 times. Anyway, I contacted the brand about the inside of the pack delaminating thinking it would be covered under the lifetime warranty.

That’s where I was wrong. I was told it was too old and out of the “two year lifetime warranty .“ So is it lifetime or two years?

I will say the lady I talked to was very nice, but come on. I would highly recommend you go to a company that stands behind their products and customers like Osprey, North Face, Mountainsmith to name a few.

Source: received it as a personal gift

A real hoss. It carried between 50 and 70 lbs for almost two weeks of daily hiking (2-8 hours per day). Never had any hip-belt twisting or the like; the pack distributed weight comfortably under heavy loading.

Size: 5000
Max. Load Carried: 70 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $230

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