Reviewed by Save Fox Lake from San Francisco on Monday, December 6, 2010
I did a short hike in yosemite with the pack empty to get a feel for the padding and basic adjustments (Sept'10). The next day it was loaded with 42 pounds of gear for a solo hike up Mt. Whitney. Not having hiked like this since scout camp, at least 20 years, I thought I would be paying for it royally. The pack is stiff, just enough padding around the shoulders but much more comfortable around the hips. The only issue at the end was tenderness around the shoulder muscles which would be expected for not having carried something of this weight at all. There is only one usable pocket on the outside of the pack, which ended up being a blessing of not having to worry of catching a rock while bouldering. But a couple of extra pockets wouldn't be bad. I managed to stuff water, tent, sleeping bag, pad and a bear canister with room left for a jacket, food and cooking stuff. I also brought along a smaller pack for the summit. I would rate this higher/lower if I had experience with other backpacks to compare this to.
Best Uses: Extended Hikes, Heavy Loads
Cons: Few pockets
Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Load, Good Padding, Good Suspension, Highly Adjustable, Large Capacity, Lightweight