Manasalu Adventure 50+5
A well made and versatile pack for every day or for the longer trek. Very well made and designed, definitely user friendly.
- Well made from quality materials
- Light weight at 1.5 kg
- Multiple features for ease of use
- Stiff rear to waist belt due to tension on air frame
For some time I have been trawling through the web looking for a new 55 L pack which had all the features that I wanted in a pack; This one I had seen and it fitted all the points that was on my list. When a New Zealand supplier decided after a year plus of stocking this pack they had a silly clearance price offer which I couldn't refuse.
The pack is very well designed and made from a PU coated nylon of medium weight and is a basic two compartment which is separated by a draw cord giving the option of single or double compartment. The material is very tough and abrasion resistant. All zips and buckles are of good quality.
Starting from the top it has a full floating lid with a capacious top zipped pocket. Two pull cords one on the throat and one on the pack main body, a pull strap closes the top snugly if used without the top lid. A medium front stash pocket takes wet gear (Just), There are two mesh side pockets to take 1 L water bottles. On the waist belt are two small pockets for snacks, phone or locator beacon etc. Loops and bungees to take trekking poles or ice tools. Side and front compression straps give good packing if the pack is not fully loaded. Finally in the base is a zip pocket with a pack cover.
The pack has been on three trips and on the last extreme weather gave it the final test. Wind speeds of 140 km in gusts coupled with driving rain proved yet again that no pack without seam sealing is water proof. Other than that the pack rode snuggly and very comfortably over mixed terrain. The air mesh back panel works just fine and prevents excessive sweating. The extendable loading by raising the lid and using the throat allowed a 6 day alpine trip using huts with a the total pack weight an exceptable 14 kg at the start and this included a tarp as emergency shelter if required as river crossings were involved. All in all I am very satisfied with my latest pack addition.
This pack is made and designed by a wholly Chinese company. Yiwugou.com markets products world wide and was the wholesaler to my New Zealand outlet in Auckland
Source: Clearance on line with 2/3rds off wholesale price