Not a Wal-Mart pack, but Wal-Mart buckles
By jpe3048798 February 7, 2011
I work at a university outdoor recreation/rental center and for over a year now we have used Mountain Hardwears Intention series (Men's and Women's) for rentals to students. All around, this is a good backpack that has stood up well to the heavy use and abuse that rentals typically get; it is a well-designed pack with all the necessary features, plenty of pockets, and you'll find a way to pack or secure pretty much anything. I don't know if I would go so far as to call this a Wal-Mart pack, for the overall quality is very good, but I will agree with other reviews that the buckles are sub-par and prone to breaking.
As other reviewers have noted, the buckles break often, definitely more than is convenient for big trail pack. I've been on a couple backpacking trips with fellow students using these packs and we've had to resort to knots and all sorts of rigging-up to get straps to stay in place and do what they need to do. Pretty much a big pain in the a**. As a matter of fact, my fingers are raw as I write this because I've spent the past hour going through our pack inventory (15 packs) and replacing all the broken buckles I could find.
While this may seem like a minor problem to have, and one that is in fact fixable, it is still an inconvenience one would rather not deal with. All that being said, Mountain Hardwear has sent us all the replacement buckles we needed, as far as I know, free of charge. Their staff is very friendly and helpful, and all it takes is a phone call to get what you need.
Outside of this small deficiency the Intention backpack is a good, functional, quality pack.
Nailed It? 0 Yes
- 210D Ripstop nylon, 420D HT nylon, 630D HD nylon
- [S] 4300cu in (70L); [M] 4600cu in (75L); [L] 4900cu in (80L)
- HDPE frame sheet, alloy shaping rod
- Hydration Compatible:
- Torso Adjustment:
- Detachable Pack:
- Sleeping Bag Compartment:
- Rain Cover:
- Access Types:
- Top, side
- [External1 lid, 1 front, 2 side; [Internal] 1 hydration
- Snowboard Carry:
- Ski Carry:
- Gear Loops:
- Ice Axe Loops:
- Shovel Pocket:
- [S] 5lb 10oz (2.5kg); [M] 5lb 14oz (2.7kg); [L] 6lb 3oz (2.7kg)
- Recommended Use:
- Backpacking, trekking
- Manufacturer Warranty: