Closeouts. A seriously tough alpine pack built for mountain guides and dedicated alpinists. Haglofs Roc Hard climbing backpack has a removable framesheet, 3D mesh back and sternum padding and the durability of ballistic nylon construction.
Reviewed by Nello from The moon :) on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
I like this pack for a number of reasons, but a few negatives force me to give it 4/5, instead of the assumed 5/5.
Pros: Great space, looks good, feels solid, nice attention to detail, minimalist, decent durability. This pack feels great on my back and allows total free flow of my arms and head when I look up. My arms don't touch at all when I swing them back, and it hugs me when I run, walk, climb/move around, and ride my bike. Looks neat. PAck is completely adjustable with its cords/buckles. Top cover is really nice and adjustable/interesting design with good top zip pocket - has an awkward little pocket on backside of top cover too. Seems weather proof, snow proof, throw proof, and Roc proof!
Cons: almost TOO minimalist... Not even a cinch down water bottle pocket inside or out, I was used to that and would appreciate it on this bag. I would like a top side interior compartment for small miscellaneous items (but I shove them into the top hatch). For the bottom of my pack I wish there was a little more armor (maybe rubber..?) I am eager to see how the stitches/fabric hold up on shoulder straps over use... I'm not saying they're weak, but they could have some added 'umph'.
All in all: Great pack and intends to live up to its name. Well designed, but know what you're getting into - it doesn't provide bells and whistles or tries to show off as a fashion statement. It's a hardcore pack that was built for an outdoorsman who knows what he/she needs. Haglofs makes a good product, I would recommend!
Last thoughts: After spending time in the military, I was used to serious hardcore packs, vests, gear etc. I was interested to see what other reviews were raving about. Remember this: this pack is not military grade, but [...] good in comparison to others in its class.
Reviewed by TAW3 from NC on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Just took this pack for 10 days of hiking in the Austria Alps. One of the best packs I've owned. Simple, bomb-proof construction, with thoughtful details. It fit well and carried like a dream. Also used it as my carry-on for the plane trip. Offers plenty of room, but can be cinched down tight.