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Reviewers Paid: $150.00-$240.00
Very good quality, robust, exceptionally comfortable, of course if little bit heavy when unloaded. Once adjusted, I could walk hours with 35 kgs of load and barely feel it.
I never took advantage of the bottom and dorsal zippers (although I tried), but I'm not very good at packing. Hence, I cannot tell whether or not this is a good invention.
Only one disadvantage: it is not produced anymore and I don't know which backpack replaces it.
Number of Pockets: 6 - 2 on top, 2 central and 2 on the belts
Max. Load Carried: 35 kilograms
Height of Owner: 178 cm
Price Paid: 1000 FRF (150 €)
I bought this pack to replace the Snow Leopard which was stolen from my hotel room in 1990. The two full length zippers allow access to any and all items in this very expandible pack. The profile and suspension have made this pack useful in every activity from climbing expedition, open boat canoeing, B&B touring and Greek island hopping. Never let me down, cleaned up after every adventure and still carries half my weight in a pinch. Love the hip belt pockets for convenience!
Design: Top and side loading
Number of Pockets: 4 including top bag
Max. Load Carried: 85 pounds
Height of Owner: 5'8"
Price Paid: $240
This is an excellent pack! It is well built and the design allows its owner to access anything anywhere in the pack. It is pretty old now and has held up wonderfully, and is still very comfortable.
I am afraid that I won't find a pack with this design when it comes time to replace it. After over ten years, it still has a few years left in it.
I highly recommend it!!!
Design: Top Loading
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 80 lbs.
Height of Owner: 6'0"
Price Paid: $220
This is a great backpack that is comfortable and very well designed. After getting used to having the zippers on the sides, I don't like any other design; I can get to anything in the pack with ease, making it great for packing and unpacking. It is very comfortable and well built. My only gripe is that the waterproofing coating is starting to peel on the inside top near the drawstring. This may be because of where I store it, I'm not sure, although my other backpack isn't doing the same. . . .
Design: Top and side loading internal
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 10"
Price Paid: $150
This has been an excellent pack for me. Although, it seems to be a rare find on the market today. It has traveled the AT here and there, been across Europe, and to the top of Denali. I like the side zips on the main compartment. This pack is durable as anything, needless to say. I just bought an Arc'Teryx Bora 80 as I want the best suspension (and the most overpriced..bleh) on the market. I have to say this is a great pack, all things considered, and if it weren't for Arc'Teryx, it would be the last one I owned.
Design: Front Loading Internal
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 80-100 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'0
Price Paid: $200