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Historic Range: $39.96
Reviewers Paid: $40.00-$100.00
Excellent lightweight pack that is versatile for many conditions.
- Breathes very well
- Straps for external add-ons
- No access to the bottom of the pack, additional pockets would be nice
I've had this pack for over 12 years now and use the heck out of it.
I actually use this a lightweight multi-night pack, but when doing so I typically have to strap things like my sleeping bag on the outside. I've added a few more external straps to help add items and I've sewed in a little nylon hook for my water bladder in the back storage.
This bag is indestructible. Still to this day I have no tears (and I really pull down the compression straps). Useful pockets throughout and the biggest benefit is it is extremely comfortable.
My pack has been to three continents, on multiple hikes, several 5-day hikes, and numerous multi-day bike trips.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
A 1-2 night fast and light pack.
- Strong materials
- DWR finish is a little flimsy
I am 5'11" 190 and this pack has fit me very well, it is somewhat adjustable.
The hip belts and shoulder straps are very well padded with and the padding has stood up well over time.
I think it truly holds 40L, but is 40L enough for a reasonable amount of gear? If you want to get more than a day hike out of this pack you will have to be very selective about your gear selection for the sake of eliminating bulk. I do believe that you could comfortable carry 35-40lbs with this pack. But it would be in its element with some nice light gear and moving fast with a <30 lb.
I have carried a variety of loads for over long and short distances with this pack. I think the heaviest I have made it was about 40lbs, but that was to carry 1/2 my wife's gear, but only for a one-nighter.
The load sits very comfortably and weight is distributed well and rides nicely on the hips without pulling down on your shoulders.
It has nice ice-axe loops with the additional handle cinches (can't say I have gotten to use them). This bag would be in its element doing rapid 24hr summer-time summits.
This bag is built very well. If you get caught in the rain, you will want something waterproof to throw over it. That said, I have biked home in the rain with it many times and not worried about my belongings.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40 (Sierra Trading Post)
I've had this pack for about 6 years and have absolutely loved it. This thing has gone with me to the summits of Orizaba, the Grand Teton, Timponogos (multiple winter ascents), and many others. It's a little tight for overnight use, but it carries all of the backcountry essentials plus necessary climbing gear (e.g. ropes, crampons, axes, rock protection, etc.).
It's very comfortable and rides well. I don't know if they even make these anymore, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better mid-sized frame pack for this price.
Size: 40 liters
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: $70
Very nice daypack with a lot of capacity and a comfortable suspension that is designed to carry a lot of weight. I use it mostly for desert hiking, which it seems to be designed for.
Minus point: not sure what the mesh side pouches were designed for. I use them to hold a water bottle occasionally, but the bottle isn't all that secure there.
Design: Top loading daypack
Size: 2400 cu.in.
Number of Pockets: 1 back pocket plus 2 side mesh pouches
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $58.95
I bought this pack in Toronto (stores on King St.W. & Front St.) for the amazing price of $69 Cdn ($46 US). I recently used it for an ultralight winter trip, but most often it is used as a large daypack. Wife used it on Mt. Washington, N.H. for an ultralight week!
I love the back air-channel and the frame (single stay + framesheet are the best). Materials of heavy-duty rip-stop are about the strongest I've seen. Zipper have flourescent pull-tabs that are great in the tent at night. Top stabilizer strabs work well. Three pockets in lid are handy organizers. Not clutered with pockets, straps hanging off. No spindrift collar, but lid covers well/tightly.
This is a VERY well made pack, even at full ($100 US) price. Better quality than any pack in its class. And I researched the hell out of packs before I bought.
Seems bigger than the stated 40 liters (Explore Magazine Gear Guide says it is 47 liters). Much better than the MEC pack and Eureka 40 I had before. The best thing about this pack is the bombproof way it was sewn (apparently still by hand). Great attention to detail. Don't anticipate any probs...ever.
The bellows pocket fits my 2 liter platy hydration, the pole pockets fit my Bivy poles, and tekking poles perfectly. I bent the stay and it fits perfectly. The pack weighs about 3.5 lbs (due to kick-ass frame) but can carry enough for a week. I need it up to about 25lbs, but it can handle 35lbs with aplomb. 1999 Pumpkin color is great
Design: internal frame
Number of Pockets: lid, front bellows
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10
Price Paid: $46 US ($69 Cdn)