Frame sheet is very poorly designed
Reviewed by Duck Dad from Gig Harbor, WA on Monday, September 30, 2013
I get a little tired of reading reviews from people that haven't used the product. In this case however it took me about 30 seconds to figure out that the frame sheet on this pack was apparently designed by an idiot. Its basically a series of plastic tubes joined together. That in itseld might be okay except that the tubes are arrayed in a horizontal manner which means that the frame sags into a z pattern. The whole idea behind a frame is to provide a rigid structure to allow the weight to be carried by the waist belt. Had they arranged the tubes in a vertical manner it probably would have worked just fine. If i had time I would send this pack back and order a Black Dimond which is what I have (this pack is for my wife) and which has a killer suspension system. Alas we are climbing St Helens in 4 days and there is just no time to reorder. This will have to do. I will probably try to modify it with some vertical stays if I can find the right material. It was very reasoanbly priced but I could have purchased the Black Dimond for only $10 more. The BD's do tend to be a little spartan (they put thier money into function, not adding a lot of features) and I thought my wife would like a few of the features of this pack such as the U shaped zipper that provides easy access to the main pouch and the stuff it pocket on the back. Those features are nice. I also did a mock loading and it seems the size is adequate for what will be needed in a summit pack in October. Bottom line if you are looking for a good technical pack you might want to consider something else unless you don't mind making the modifications I am considering.