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Super Critical Mass II

rated 5 of 5 stars When I was on the market for an expedition backpack, a co-worker suggested that I check out McHale's packs. After looking at his website, I gave him a call and he explained how he operates. He starts with a pack that's approximately sized for you to use as a demo. The demo pack is not custom-made, so you don't get much control over the features on it, but you do get a good sense for what it will feel like. He required a $400 deposit, based on the value of the pack he was lending me. The first one… Full review

Super Critical Mass II

rated 5 of 5 stars After many years of packs that did not measure up, I was finally in the financial position to invest in a McHale Super Critical Mass II. It will be the last pack I ever have to purchase. The construction of this pack is world class. Not one stitch out of place after 1 year of hard use. I'm the family sherpa. Purchased the dyneema bottom and it shows no use at all. If you are serious about having the best bombproof gear available, you owe it to yourself to buy a McHale. You'll never be sorry for… Full review

Super SARC

rated 5 of 5 stars McHale backpacks are a miracle. I've now carried from 25 to over 60 pounds on a couple dozen very steep, rough, long hikes and scrambles. Lots of altitude gain on each hike. With my McHale pack, going uphill there is no pain, total comfort. And downhill–no pain, total comfort. I owned a couple of off-the-shelf packs previously, and they hurt no matter how many adjustments I made. Shoulder pain and back pain, upper and lower. The heavier the weight I carried the worse it became. The packs would… Full review

Super Inex Alpineer

rated 4 of 5 stars This is an update of an older review of this pack. The McHale Super INEX Alpineer (spectra) I was a long-time Dana user. I carried an Arc Flex Astralplane for several years on many long trips. Although overall, I really liked the Astralplane, I found it somewhat lacking for carrying REALLY heavy loads (upwards of 75 pounds). After a great deal of research, and testing out packs by Gregory and Osprey (which I didn't like as well as the Dana Astralplane), I bought a McHale Super INEX (McHale's biggest)… Full review

Super Critical Mass Alpine II Bayonet

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a post in regards to Mike's review of this pack. He has been giving his opinion all over the net. In my dealings with Dan he has always been great and helpful. If you are interested in his packs you should check this thread out where Mike put in his review and Dan also responds. All the subsequence e-mails are also posted. Full review

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