ALPS Mountaineering Transcend 5500 Backpack - Internal Frame

Closeouts. Extremely supportive with two aluminum stays, the ALPS Mountaineering Transcend 5500 backpack is a great value in a spacious backpack suitable for multi-day expeditions or extended travel.

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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by 1st suit from Alaska on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    Overall I really like this bag. My only problem with it is that it is just a little light duty for really heavy loads. Other than that I think it is a great product.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Distance Backpacker from New Mexico on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    A note sent to Alps Mountaineering suffices as a description/rating below. The design is good and the features compare with other brands, so I offer four stars. Chances are, the materials can take the same wear and tear - so, this pack could be a welcome surprise indeed!

    "Your Transcend 5500 backpack that I purchased from Sierra Trading Post has a "detachable top lid" that I can detach only with a bowie knife (just kidding). Two of the four buckles on the lid are the strap-through variety - a design error, no doubt. I accept it as "just business". But I wonder if you have an idea for correcting this - before I head to the local shoe repair. Like, for instance, two 3- inch velcro-ed straps I can loop through the strap-throughs, to attach the add-on couplings (cannibalized from my Gregory pack). By the way, this Transcend design is very appealing, with its exterior strapping styles - and I've hiked 27,000 miles, knowing of these things (not that I'll likely take your pack through similar rigors)."

  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Lady Packer from Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 24, 2014
    This pack simply did not fit my frame. (5'8 female). The lid literally hit back of my head, making it impossible to rotate my neck comfortably while wearing. I adjusted the torso length to both extreme's and it didn't help at all. I returned the pack and will continue my search. It's a real shame because it had everything else I was looking for, and with this one exception seemed like a well-made, thoughtfully designed bag.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Dannio from SoCal on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    Hiked using this pack up a strenuous trek for the first outing with it. I loaded it to 30 lbs dry, and about 40 lbs wet; it was very comfortable to wear. I like the materials used in construction, and there are plenty of cinch straps that can also be used to strap on gear externally. On the way down I hauled trash externally only because I wanted to keep the trash on the outside of the pack even though there was room inside. Light for its large size and held everything, including crew gear, internally. 5500 cubic inches translates to just over 90 liters. This pack will provide the room for lengthy treks. Large capacity and many features made this pack the talk of the group. Two others who were on that trek bought one when they returned home.
  • Reviewed by Dannio from SoCal on Sunday, June 22, 2014
    Took the pack up Mt. Baden-Powell in SoCal for a shakedown trek. Had it loaded to a total dry weight of 30 pounds, then added 4.6 L of water (about 10 more pounds). Lots of webbing to adjust and compress the load. I had everything internal except for two .8 L water bottles, which were in the exterior side pockets. The interior is very roomy, easily fitting the sleeping bag in the bottom compartment, and the tent (Alps Chaos 2), sleeping pad (about the size of a Nalgene bottle), stove/cookware, clothing, food, and several smaller items all were in the main compartment. The Scouts 10 essentials were in the top cap so I could use it as a detached day pack after we made camp at 8,000 feet elevation and continued to the 9,383 foot summit. I kept the first aid kit and snacks handy in the soft mesh pouch on the front of the pack. There are plenty of options on this pack for attaching things externally, which I did on the way back down when I packed out some of the trash. There are also plenty of adjustments, so a backpacker should have no problem tailoring the pack to carry any load they desire. The materials are solid; fabrics, zippers, padding. I am not an experienced backpacker, just starting since my son is in a backpacking oriented Boy Scout Troop, but the other adults with me who are very experienced all had high praise for this pack. I've already recommended it to others, as well as SierraTradingPost. Ladies, this might be for you, too, if you need the room. One of the Troop moms went with us for a day hike, and she wanted to experience backpacking with a proper pack (she had a bad experience with a 45 pound book-bag). She originally wanted to try it for a mile on the way up, but didn't want to give it back until we got to our base camp!
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by M47Dragon from Michigan on Thursday, June 19, 2014
    I bought this for my 12 year old son who is working toward the Backpacking merit badge this summer with the Boy Scouts. Up until now, he has been using an ALICE pack, medium. He really needed an internal frame pack with a lot more capacity both for comfort and for efficiency. I had been impressed with the ALPS equipment that some of the members of our BSA Troop have (tents and packs,) so this pack seemed like a good choice. It seems well constructed. It is very spacious with some great outer pockets and pouches. The adjustable torso height is awesome...this pack will last a growing boy for a long time. It is fairly lightweight and rides comfortably. $84 shipped...really can't go wrong with that. I will probably replace the ALICE pack, Large(s) that I and my older son use with this pack or another ALPS product.
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