Reviewed by Solo Backpacker from NM on Friday, November 11, 2011
I was looking for a bigger pack after doing a coulpe of overnight solo trips with a smaller pack and having to tie some of my gear to the outside of the pack. It's small for an overnight pack, but I don't take much.
I know a lot of packs don't hold as much volume as they state, but this pack seems accurate or at least close: 25-30L range with side pockets expanded.
The pack is comfortable and the adjustment range is good (I'm medium height & build so I'm an easy fit). The padding on the hipbelt ends just before the front of my hipbones, so I wish the padding were a little longer.
The top lid has a big pocket on the top side that could easily hold a rain jacket; the underside of the lid has a flat mesh pocket. The side pockets double in size when expanded which adds maybe 1L of volume to each pocket. I can fit a 1 quart/liter Nalgene bottle in the exapanded side pockets and still have some room to spare.
The back panel is designed to be adjustable so that the pack can lie up against your back with no gap or keep it taught so you have a ~1" ventilation gap.
There are 4 external attachment points on the lide that don't appear to be intended for heavy duty loads plus two stronger points toward the bottom that could be used to attach hiking poles.
Overall seems like a good quality pack and I'd buy again.