Decent backpack with good volume

Verified Buyer Reviewed by af from Sierra Nevada mountains on Monday, July 25, 2016
This is a nice backpack with lot of capacity and a decent suspension system. I like to storage and organization options that is built into the design. The adjustments and fitting options are also very well thought out. The fabric is lightweight and adequately abrasion resistant. The compression straps helps me cinch down my pack well for a compact feeling on the trails. The zippers are well place and well designed. I like the full access zipper in the front of the pack where you can access all your gear at any time. The built-in rain cover is also a great addition to the pack.

While the pack handles a large volume well, I was not that impressed with the load carrying capacity of the pack. Carrying 35+ lb of gear+water+food in the pack for an extended period of time is not very comfortable (compared to some other high end packs). Also, the due to the back panel design, the pack sits far away from my back and does not give me the "connected" feeling that I like when climbing/hiking steep trails. I guess this is a compromise to gain more ventilation in the back. However, during the summer months, my back gets sweaty anyway and I would rather have the weight sit closer to my back/core.

Overall, this is a good pack for the price. Well designed and adequate pack. Just don't load it up too much above 40lbs and you will enjoy your trips.
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