Reviewed by mathaytays from Ohio on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
This is a great pack for the price! When I purchased it, I was initially concerned about the durability and the fact that one review mentioned it pressed against the back of your head. When I first tried on the pack, it did indeed press into the back of my head, however loading it lightly pulled it ...
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Reviewed by Trailblazermark from Wyoming on Sunday, July 24, 2016
I have used this pack on several high mountain backpacking trips. If anything it is a little too large which only encourages you to bring more stuff than you may actually need. Very adjustable unless you are small waisted, in which case you may have a hard time getting the waist belt snug enough to properly place the weight on your hips, which we all know is key in long hikes. But the features are superb. I just ordered a second one for my 17 year old son. One of my favorite features is that the top comes off and easily converts into a fanny/day pack with its own waist belt. We like to set up a base camp from which to do several day hikes and the top is perfect for that. Also very important to me is the separate sleeping bag compartment on the bottom. We all know how annoying it can be to have to empty your entire pack to get to your sleeping bag. With this pack that is not a problem as the bottom compartment holds my sleeping bag, bag liner, beenie and rain jacket.
Reviewed by 4 Seasons Hiking Group on Meetup.com from New England on Saturday, June 25, 2016
I run a hiking group of over 5000 members and I have seen many packs and have a lot of so called experts amongst them .. I decided to let a few tell me why I made a mistake buying this pack and none of them could find a reason why everyone felt it was well made and well thought out in its design with that said I would highly recommend this pack over any pack in this class with NO exceptions ! Buy it be impressed !
Reviewed by BenR from Tennessee on Friday, April 8, 2016
I purchased this pack a few months ago for winter hikes that require extra room for more clothes and my larger winter sleeping bag. Initially I liked the design and the price was excellent so I bought it. At first glance, I had some skepticism simply because of the low price and the materials seemed a bit 'light duty' but after using this pack I must say I'm thoroughly impressed.
I recently traveled to New Zealand and this was my checked bag for the trip. I'm happy to report the bag handled 6 total flights without any wear. While in NZ, I hiked the Kepler Track, which in and of itself was amazing, and after the multi day 60+ km trek, the pack really did a great job. I'm 6'3 and 185lbs with a 32inch waist and the large frame fit me great. I will caution; however, that anyone with a waist smaller than mine shouldn't opt for the large because the wait straps may not fit, but that's pretty standard with all pack sizing. The pack felt great carrying under the load and there are many pockets outside for easy access to food or whatever you wish to put out there without going into the main compartment. The rain cover did ok, but towards the top where the cover loses its steep angle, water did penetrate to the top lid; however, this is also standard with my other packs as well. But it's an easy fix if you wear a puncho in downpours, simply put it on with and over the top part of the pack and everything will be fine. The water opening also worked great and my water bladder fit nicely in the inner pouch with the velcro clip. Lastly and back to the materials, I am still skeptical of the thin materials for really long term use, but then again it makes the pack lightweight for its size, so there is always a trade off and to be fair, since I haven't used it that much or long, I cannot comment as to its longevity. But I can say during my multi day hike I was very comfortable and the bag did great.
So for those of you like me who had rather save a few bucks on a pack in lieu of gas or an airplane ticket to make a journey, I recommend this as a really great deal on what appears to be a really nice pack.
I would say man. Unless you are a big girl or tall. It is adjustable.
Answered on 5/10/2016 6:05:11 PM by Hphiker from Phx Az
This is for both men and women. It is designed for a torso length of 16- 22 inches. If you are less than 5'5" make sure of your torso length. If you are less than that 16 inch torso, you may want to consider a different pack. Measure from the back of your neck by the "bump" on the back of your neck down to the small of your back by your waist. This will give you a good torso measurement.
Answered on 5/10/2016 6:09:57 PM by STP Product specialist, Ron from Cheyenne
I'm not sure if gender is the issue as much as body deminsion. Seems I have the large and I'd only caution anyone with less than a 30 inch waist because of the strap. I believe others have opined about the height and you should read those posts but with the pack adjustments you should be ok 5'8 and up. I say that because I'm 6'3 and it's set in the middle adjustment with plenty of spots left for up and down.
Answered on 5/10/2016 8:08:02 PM by BenR from Tennessee
Its for men unless you're a tall woman, then it would work. It's a very nice pack.
Answered on 5/11/2016 2:59:33 PM by Cheri from washington