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Historic Range: $149.95-$269.00
Reviewers Paid: $150.00
I am new to the world of internal frame packs. I have used external frames since I began remote camping 30 years ago.
I tried an inexpensive internal frame and, was unhappy with it, but learned a lot. What drove me crazy was the bouncing.
Each step I took delivered another blow to my hips and shoulders. I started looking at Lowe Alpine packs because of the prices at Sierra Trading Post. It looked like a lot of backpack for the money. I saw the Expedition with Cantilever support system and it got my attention. With bouncing being my number one concern I thought this pack would help with that if not eliminate it. It did, bounce was not noticeable at all, the load was very quiet.
The sack seems to be very well built with a great compression system and several options to attach items to the outside. The front bungee system was great for my hydration system. I wanted my hydration outside to prevent moisture on the inside. The torso adjustment system said that 17" was the minimum adjustment but it seams to go another inch beyond that, I was measured at 17" and with it adjusted to fit me there are 2 slots below to go smaller. The fit was very comfortable and I did not have any soreness following a hike( a new experience ).
I would have given this pack a 5 star rating, but taking the top lid loose to carry as a fanny pack is a pain. Just make sure your fingers are nimble when you have to put it back on. Otherwise, I am very impressed, and like it a lot, great pack for what I paid for it. Great pack period !!!
Design: Top loading with sleeping bag compartment
Size: 70 + 20
Number of Pockets: 2 in lid, 2 small pole pockets bottom of sack
Max. Load Carried: 60 pounds
Height of Owner: 5 ' 8"
Price Paid: $150