Historic Range: $89.96-$120.00
Reviewers Paid: $85.00
27L / 1650 cu in
|Weight||850 g||930 g|
|Back Length||41-51 cm||46-56 cm|
|Dimensions||52 x 25 x 22 cm||53 x 26 x 22 cm|
Nice size for day hikes or ultralight camping. Suitable also for climbing, running, or cycling.
- Very light but durable
- Available in 2 torso sizes
- Hiking pole holders
- Ice axe loops
- Sternum strap
- Hydration bladder compatible
- Storage compartments on belt
- Two side pockets that fit bottles
- Internal and external zip pockets
- Large external stretch pocket
- Height adjustable support frame
- Side compression straps
- Could use a couple of small D-rings on the straps in addition to the daisy chains.
- No side zip into main compartment
Bought last year and have used it for about 6 months. One of the Youtube reviews for this pack has it thrown off a mountain in Scotland and it survives with hardly a scar. Keeping that in mind you'll know it may be light, but it's rugged.
I'm primarily a hiker, but I usually take a DSLR and 1-2 extra lens. With a few drybags, lens pouches, and drawstring pouches it's workable to divide all your kit. Not as handy as my dedicated photography pack but much lighter and for me it works better for a longer day hike when I want to bring a microfiber jacket or fleece sweater.
The capacity seems accurate and I'm sure an ultralight camper would love it. The zipper pouches aren't as intuitive as some packs so I find myself having to recall where I've stored some stuff but that might be due to unfamiliarity from owning it only a half year. The belts zippered compartments are awesome. My sunglasses or reading glasses store nicely in one side and fair amount of snacks in the other. All the straps are very comfortable.
The hydration pocket is between the lightweight frame and the main compartment. There are loops on the shoulder strap to hold the hose. I'm actually happy that Lowe didn't supply a bladder because I already have three and it would mean one more for me to store. I like using a 1.5L size in it the best. I haven't tried a 2L bladder yet. Along with bottles in the two side pockets I carry over 2,5L of fluid on most hikes.
The support network also does a nice job of getting airflow to the back. On the one warmer day I've hiked I hardly noticed having a sweat since it vents so well.
The adjustability of this pack is insane. First off, you need to know I bought the XL size which fits me ( 5'10") fine as well as daughter's boyfriend ( about ( 6'2"). Daughter would likely be able to use it with readjustment but being (5'4") would probably be better suited by the smaller size. It rides close to the body and is far better than my photography pack or old rucksack when scrambling up a hillside, great for keeping your balance. The compression straps do a nice job of keeping any load from shifting and pulling in the center of gravity.
When the weather improves I'll be mountain biking and occasionally using this instead just a small hydration pack. I've become more pleased with this pack each time I use it.
I was a scout in the '60s and '70s. Have endured all the ills of old aluminum framed canvas packs on overnight camping trips. My hiking experience has been mostly day hikes in mountains and woods, but I've done car camping, dozens of trail overnights as well as winter camping in snow.
When I did three years of X-country patrol most if us used old style Cordura Jansport rucksack with ski sleeves behind the side pockets. I've owned about a dozen packs in 50 years that included ones by Jansport, LL Bean, Lowepro, Tamrac , Alpine Design, Gerry, Outdoor Products and Eddie Bauer of which I still own four of. BTW my sister worked in the industry for Gerry, Alpine Designs, and Lowe in the clothing end of the business during the '70s and '80s.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $85