Terrible (cheap) nylon buckle hardware

Reviewed by Climber M from NH and KY on Monday, February 11, 2013
I have owned many packs by Dana, Marmot, BD, North Face, etc and am a rock and ice climbing guide. I bought this pack for a 12 year old just getting into backpacking since it would fit and has in theory enough capacity and features. Problem is, it takes all my finger strength and a full pinch and two hands just to open the belt buckle. No way could a kid do it. The smaller buckles are not much better. The general design of the pack is pretty good though. I could replace the belt buckle hardware but some of the other hardware is sewn on. The belt and shoulder strap foam is also VERY stiff and non compliant. Too bad a nice design is ruined by cheap materials. Will be sending back.
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