Very good (not great) lightweight pack - AT A GREAT PRICE

Reviewed by Matt in the Mitten from MI on Friday, May 27, 2016
I bought this pack, for a re-entry into backpacking. My first trip was five days on the AT with my daughter in early April. I tend to go light on gear and layer up with lighter stuff. With that in mind, this pack fulfilled my needs. At just over 2.5 pounds empty, this thing was lighter than any other affordable pack that I could find. Now, I'm not talking about the UL super fiber stuff, I'm talking about STP stuff here.

I had this packed to the max for our trip. I was pushing 35+ pounds at the beginning, not including water. A previous reviewer said it was rated for something like 25, but I had absolutely no issues at 35 or so. It was comfortable, and even seemed to break in a bit after the first day.

My only wants to make this a five star product, are a basic pocket on the hip belt, stretchier bottle pockets (barely contained a 1L bottle), and an additional mesh pocket on the back. I can, and will, add my own pocket on the hips belt, and with the given seams and attachments, I could add an additional mesh pocket.

One reviewer stated that this wouldn't deal with a sleeping pad. Well, it doesn't have the straps at the bottom, but it has plenty of vertical tie downs at the edge of the grey area. This is a simple fix with a small amount of cordage or strapping. Besides, I prefer the closed cell pads to be vertical. It provides a narrower profile going down the trail.

Overall, I would certainly choose this pack again. Especially if I could get it in a 75L!
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