My new go-to pack!
Reviewed by Power Walker from Vegas and Vallarta on Monday, August 7, 2017
First, I am a backpack guy. I carry a few regular EDC things with me but I don't carry weapons nor do I like military looking EDC packs. I much prefer lighter carry options that fit well and stay in place because I'm an active person. I also need a lot of functions and options for organizing my stuff. I don't even use the hydration bladders but have several of them in my closet. I'm a water bottle person for sure though. Anyway, this 18X is the best backpack I own now for regular every day use. It is so incredibly light, comfy, and functional. It also looks really good. I usually don't care for waist straps and tend to avoid packs that have them or that don't allow me to remove them. I took a shot with this one though and I was right. The waist strap is really well designed. It doesn't have strap keepers but I added a couple from another pack so its fine now. Its a nice waist strap that is wider than the usual ones and it looks and wears beautifully on the body. I love the zip out option for additional space here, too. I was out and given a honey-do shopping list on my way home yesterday. I grabbed about 5 pounds of various things from the grocery store. All fit really well including a long baguette that did stick out the top a little. Anyway, piece of cake with this Octane 18X. Its about a 1/2 mile hike from the store to my house and it was around 90 degrees but I made it easily and comfortably thanks to this pack. Highly recommend!