Reviewed by Beth from West Lafayette, IN on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Bought this as a day pack for a trip to Alaska where I needed to pack in layers of clothing, rain gear, food, and water. Served so well in this role, I used it as my carry on luggage for the return flight home. With these bright colors, it won't be mistaken for someone else's gear!
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Reviewed by BK from Arizona on Saturday, February 15, 2014
I selected this backpack mainly thanks to its deal price and reputation of the brand. I've traveled with it to Vietnam as my daily backpack and it functioned great. It is larger than first seems and super light. I also like the fact that it is wider at the top which allows easy access. The only down sides are the lack extra pockets and the lack of rain cover built in. I could have used an extra inside pocket or something on the outside. even the mash pockets on the sides are a little small and I haven't used them (feels like bottles would fall off). the mesh pockets on the belt are somewhat useful but a little delicate. I would still recommend the bag if sold at a bargain price and for those that weight is important to.
Reviewed by Jack Dock from georgia on Thursday, January 30, 2014
I got this pack on a whim, hoping it would be large enough for a week end pack, there are no good reviews online, and the videos of this pack aren't very good either. Well, it is big enough for my gear: a down bag, a hammock and tarp, a small butane stove, and a small pot. Not to mention toiletries, and extra clothes. But the back panel, though it says it will not bend with any load, certainly will, and it doesn't take much, but this is not that big of a deal, as it is very minimal. The real deal breaker was lack of good straps, the waist belts padded area is not enough to wrap around my hips, and I am a 32" also, the lack of load lifter straps on the shoulder pads makes the hipbelt unable to act as a good load bearer. Conclusion: if you need a good day pack for quick trips, where you will be carrying under 10 pounds get this, or if you have a very low volume and weight backpacking kit, this will work well. If you want a lightweight bag for lightweight backpacking, and you want comfort...... Keep searching this is not for you.
Reviewed by Bob from Idaho on Wednesday, August 7, 2013
This is a nice spacious daypack for trail use. Water bottle pockets and various attachments make it quite versatile. Compression straps work well to cinch it down to fit the load. I haven't yet used it on the trail, but carrying a load around the house, the shoulder straps seem thin with hard edges which dig in. I may have to wrap some foam around them to make it more comfortable.
Reviewed by Hardman from Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I had hoped that this would be a passable winter sport bag, despite in no way/shape/form being described as such. Alas, this bag doesn't really have the structure or features to hold touring skis and/or snowshoes for winter mountaineering/ski touring activities. Nonetheless, this has been a great bag to bring along on peak bagging trips. It is light, packs down nicely and, when worn, is comfortable and easily adjustable. One of the main caveats with this bag is the side pockets. Unless you are really making use of the volume in the body of the bag, you won't be able to use the side pockets for storing water. And, unless you can clip in a platypus/camelback-style hydration bag on the climbing rope strap located above the lid, you won't be able securely store your hydration bag. Still, limitations aside, I have put this bag through the ringer and it has held up wonderfully well.