Liked it until it failed...
By Anonymous July 25, 2011
Like it as a day hiking pack - easily carried up to 4L of water, 12 essentials, DSL, rain gear, extra layer, some food, 12 essentials etc. for all day hikes. The load is well balanced and the vented backpanel helps keep your back cool. In general with these vented designs the pack is less centered around your body so its not quite as good for jumping from rock to rock, but thats a compromise you make with the style so I won't knock it for that. Until the failure (get to it later) my only complaint is the top pocket (which is easy to access) is too small. I can barely fit my hand (I wear a mens medium to large glove) into it, which makes it a bit of a pain when trying to grab something out of it, so it was delegated to holding keys/cellphone/wallet which might be better suited in the interior pocket since I hopefully only need them at the end of the hike. I really dig the large hip pockets, adjustments, etc. on the pack.
On probably my 15th use the wire frame broke through the bottom of the pack on one side getting rid of the tension. This seems like a bit of a design flaw since there is not much reinforcement by this stress point on the pack. Forced me to reroute down the mountain and made for an uncomfortable hike out.
I'm sending it back in for repairs, so we will see how it goes, but I don't know if I'll trust this for longer/more technical climbs.
Nailed It? 0 Yes
- 210D nylon ripstop
- (S) 1525 cu in, (M) 1525 cu in, (L) 1650 cu in
- 1 steel stay padded back panel
- Hydration Compatible:
- Rain Cover:
- Access Types:
- (external) 2 side, 2 hip, 1 top, (internal) 1 organizer, 1 hydration
- Ski Carry:
- Snowboard Carry:
- Ice Axe Loops:
- Shovel Pocket:
- (S) 2 lb 12 oz, (M) 2 lb 14 oz, (L) 3 lb
- Recommended Use:
- day hikes, rock climbing, travel
- Manufacturer Warranty: