Reviewed by jataos from New Mexico on Monday, September 23, 2013
We bought a Keen backpack for our daughter to take to college. After less that 8 months use the zipper completely destroyed itself. I had to email Keen several times to get a response and then it was pretty much unhelpful. We did take the backpack to a zipper repair place and they said the design was poor and the zipper was born to fail. I will never buy their products again.
Reviewed by LikesTheRain from Lake Stevens and Glacier, WA on Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Out of the shipping box I thought this was an uncomfortable pack. I tried it out a few times, once to the beach and once to the mountains. I was concerned about the bottom of the seat getting wet and dirty. The material shed wet sand and also provided insulation against melting snow. It was dry by the time I had snapped it back together. I would like more pockets,a bit more storage space and a sternum strap, but I would buy this pack again.
Reviewed by LikesTheRain from Lake Stevens and Glacier, WA on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It seemed like a good idea to have a built in camp seat, and the seat itself is reasonably comfortable. I like having a place for a hydration bladder, and there are also stretchy side pockets that would work for a water bottle.. This pack seems well made and sturdy. Haven't been hiking with it yet, but have a few concerns concerns: 1. The way the seat folds, the back of it is the part that would be on the ground. If it's cold and wet, the cold wet and presumably dirty part would be touching your back. when you put the pack bake on. 2. The seat top and back are somewhat stiff, which makes the pack feel stiff and straight. Kind of like tying your stuff to a padded board. It might be good for improving posture, but isn't very comfortable to carry. 3. The straps, while adjustable, seem to hit me in a way that rubs. It might not be an issue if there was a sternum strap, but there isn't one. This would probably be okay as a suitcase for car camping, but I don't think I would want to carry it all day. Will try it on a short hike and revaluate this review if it performs better than expected. Again, I've only carried it around the house so far, not on a hiking adventure.