This Pack Got a Lot of Attention on the Trail

Reviewed by Dannio from SoCal on Sunday, June 22, 2014
Took the pack up Mt. Baden-Powell in SoCal for a shakedown trek. Had it loaded to a total dry weight of 30 pounds, then added 4.6 L of water (about 10 more pounds). Lots of webbing to adjust and compress the load. I had everything internal except for two .8 L water bottles, which were in the exterior side pockets. The interior is very roomy, easily fitting the sleeping bag in the bottom compartment, and the tent (Alps Chaos 2), sleeping pad (about the size of a Nalgene bottle), stove/cookware, clothing, food, and several smaller items all were in the main compartment. The Scouts 10 essentials were in the top cap so I could use it as a detached day pack after we made camp at 8,000 feet elevation and continued to the 9,383 foot summit. I kept the first aid kit and snacks handy in the soft mesh pouch on the front of the pack. There are plenty of options on this pack for attaching things externally, which I did on the way back down when I packed out some of the trash. There are also plenty of adjustments, so a backpacker should have no problem tailoring the pack to carry any load they desire. The materials are solid; fabrics, zippers, padding. I am not an experienced backpacker, just starting since my son is in a backpacking oriented Boy Scout Troop, but the other adults with me who are very experienced all had high praise for this pack. I've already recommended it to others, as well as SierraTradingPost. Ladies, this might be for you, too, if you need the room. One of the Troop moms went with us for a day hike, and she wanted to experience backpacking with a proper pack (she had a bad experience with a 45 pound book-bag). She originally wanted to try it for a mile on the way up, but didn't want to give it back until we got to our base camp!
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