Before I bought this pack in 2004, I owned a North Face Snow Leopard for 16 years and never thought I'd find anything to compare. Even North Face doesn't make anything like the old SL or SL2. It was those wing pockets and the weight distribution that sold me on the Vortex 4500. It's a bit smaller than my old Snow Leopard, but it forces me to carry less as I am now 54 years old and not in my 30s anymore. If the wing pockets were designed like the old Snow Leopard, then I could carry my one litre… Full review
I was a participant in a wilderness program in Utah and spent about nine weeks with and older model of this pack. The bottom line is that it mostly held up, Eventually one of the plastic back supports snapped right above the hip belt, it was still usable, but definitely broken. The zippers all left something to be desired, and the hip belt buckle has now given out completely, luckily that is an easy fix. BUT, it held up well all things considered. Full review
I have gone through three Vortex 2200 packs. So it's obvious that I like them b/c I would replace it with a seemingly identical model. However The first pack was the best. The second they made some model spec changes that worked better, but the suspension wasn't as good. The third I can't wait to get rid of. The first gen. had quality thick straps to put on a snowboard, and the lining inside of where the snowboard sat was tough quality material. My 3rd gen is falling apart rapidly, the straps are… Full review
Technically, I have a 6800 model, which Vortex made available to me when I described my needs to them. Evidently, they make this pack on a contract basis for an outdoor organization. I was in need of a monster pack with extreme durability, and my pack absolutely delivers in these respects. At 7000 (6800) cubic inches, this pack is one of the largest on the market, and certainly up to the task of long distance trekking, winter trekking, or expedition style outings where huge capacity is key. It isn't… Full review
Backcountry snowboarder with over 13 years of professional experience, 10 of those years was using a 2200 Vortex pack of one year or another. I have gone through three units during my life, and never had a single problem, except that each improvement was a quantum leap. I got new packs as part of a contract with my board sponsor (Winterstick) and gave the old ones to good friends. when I purchase another backpack for myself this year it will be a Vortex 2200, as I feel there is no finer design that… Full review
Vortex Outdoors produces the Badlands and William Joseph brands of backpacks.