Reviewed by mjb from Asheville, NC on Thursday, October 06, 2011
I use it as a backpack for transporting camping gear - 2 man tent, two sleeping pads, two sleeping bags - when flying to where I'll start my tour and as a drybag which sits on top of my rear panniers while touring. It is the right size to work as a large carryon and, with camping gear in it, quite c...
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Reviewed by Emily Stein from Minnesota on Monday, September 15, 2014
The pack is quite durable, my group used it as a food pack for camping in the BWCA. It was very windy while we were there and the bag held up well swaying from a tree branch. We had hoisted up by the loop on top with an estimated load of about 40-50 lbs. There are no signs of wear around the straps, however the bottom of the bag can be scratched up by rocks. Only downside is the lack of a chest strap and waist straps for carrying.
Overall, I recommend this bag. I will probably be investigating some sort of strap system for easier portaging. For the price paid, the pack is excellent.
Reviewed by Dan from Minnesota on Sunday, September 07, 2014
Took two of these for a weekend canoe trip with my son. Worked great . Only downside I wish they were about 1,000 ft3 larger. I have two and really need three to get all our gear in a bag. Here are the pluses
1. Made in USA! Hard to find these days but this means its actually made well.
2. Definitely waterproof.
3. Tough and durable
4. Simple and straight forward. No directions but I used the photo on ST website as guide.
5. Fit nicely in my canoe when laid down perpendicular.
6. Backpack straps are easy for carrying. Straps are padded but not a fancy suspension as found in Granite Gear but can still be use for portages.
7. Can't beat the price
Reviewed by Chill Wills from Kanab, UT on Friday, July 18, 2014
Took it through the Subway in Zion NP 3 days ago, did a great job! Roomy, but it needs to be semi-filled to ride comfortably and for the straps to snug down. Meaning, the more stuff you have in there the better it functions.... The straps were comfortable on my shoulders with 15lbs of gear inside. Lacks a waist belt, but I didn't really need it due to the light weight. Had a little moisture inside the top, but it may have been from external moisture present when I was opening it up. We used it as a flotation platform to cross the pools, for those who had not brought their own dry bags. No complaints.