Great Pack, Keeps Wallet Fat
By Jayson 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!
Nailed It? 0 Yes
- [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: