Reviewed by Jim T Mule from Rock Island, IL on Monday, August 19, 2013
I bought this pack to replace an old Camp Trails external frame pack I've had for years. I wanted something less bulky and more streamlined that I could pack my sleeping back and tent into rather than lashing items like these to the outside of the pack. I've yet to hit the trails with it, but I've used the pack for long weekend trips that required packing a lot of shoes and various clothes, and it was perfect. There is a ton of room in it and the design is thoughtful all the way around, from the location and number of pockets and the way the straps and belt attach to to the compression system and external lashing points. One small qualm I had is that the string used to cinch the top of the pack became worn and some of the inner material blistered through, which required stuffing it back in place and melting it with a lighter to ensure that it doesn't become frayed again. I don't know if this is common and it only happened in one area, but I would expect this to happen years down the road, not after light use. But beyond that, I expect this pack to perform for years.