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ALPS Mountaineering Cascade Backpack - 4200cu in - 2010 BCS
Carry everything you need for a weekend backpacking trip or lightweight week-long adventure in the Alps Mountaineering 4200cu in Cascade Backpack. Its Comfort Glide Suspension system allows for easy torso length adjustment so you can find the perfect fit without a struggle.
- Soft Edge shoulder straps are made with two layers of foam to provide maximum comfort
- Modular waist belt is made with a stiff outer layer of foam, a firm middle layer, and a soft inner layer for comfort and to provide you with the best load carrying capabilities available
- Plenty of pockets allow easy access to gear on the move—including a lower compartment to store your sleeping bag or other essential gear.
- If you have a few extra items to pack and your Cascade is full the top of the pack extends with a spindrift collar so you can fit them in there—an Over The Top compression strap will keep them securely in place
- The top pocket converts to a fanny pack for quick adventures or minimal day hikes
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January 11, 2011
Where to begin, where to begin... Well, right off the bat, this is no light weight pack, tipping the scales at a hearty 5lbs. 6oz., but (and there's always a 'but') the comfort that extra weight allowed was well worth it. The bag is great for 3-4 day get-aways if you're an "average" packer. By "average" I mean that I don't care how much my items weigh, but I bring only what is necessary (i.e. backpacker's tent w/ fly as suppose to a tarp or a family cabin).
I really appreciated the two large zippered pockets on the sides of the pack, where my old pack just had more webbing pockets. It was a great place to stash additional gear that I neither wanted buried inside nor exposed in the lower web pockets.
The sleeping bag compartment was roomy enough to swallow my tent, my bag, and fleece blanket, while the internal divider helped to keep the rest of my gear at the right height along my back.
The material felt sturdier than my old pack and the bag's quality looked to be nicer than that of my girlfriend's new Kelty (not to dump on Kelty, they make great gear). The large #10 zippers were also much appreciated, because that sleeping bag/tent/blanket combo didn't go down without a fight.
Like most bags, the top compartment can be used as a waist-pack. The belt within is wide, so I was able to sling it across my back like a messenger bag, cinch it tight, and monkey around while bringing the essentials along without discomfort.
I have to say, I honestly love this bag. Okay, maybe "love" is too strong of a word, but seriously, this bag has the potential to make me a very happy man for a long time to come.
The Cascade was everything I was hoping for and a little more. Rock on, Alps!
- [Top] nylon ripstop; [Bottom] 1000d nylon
- 4200cu in (68L)
- Comfort Glide
- Hydration Compatible:
- Torso Adjustment:
- Yes, 15-21in (37.5-53.5cm)
- Detachable Pack:
- Yes, top pocket converts to fanny pack
- Sleeping Bag Compartment:
- Rain Cover:
- Yes, detachable
- Access Types:
- [External] 2 side, 1 front, 1 top, 2 side bottle ; [Internal] 1 hydration
- Snowboard Carry:
- Ski Carry:
- Shovel Pocket:
- 5lb 6oz (2408g)
- Recommended Use:
- Backpacking, camping
- Manufacturer Warranty: