Reviewed by Steve from New Mexico on Friday, June 3, 2016
I have only owned two packs in my life one was a Kelty with 5200 cubic inches of room and the other was a military pack with an external frame. This pack wears better than the Kelty and is lighter and more comfortable. I used the kelt pack mainly for rock climbing day trips. The military pack I put over 10000 miles on and still have it and use it for trapping equipment. The Vaude is by far the nicest pack I've owned and have yet to take it on any substantial journeys but by the way it feels when shouldered and the room it has Im sure I will have no complaints. It appears well made and the zippers are quality. The strap buckles I have a little issue with as I'm a bigger guy and tend to torque things too much so I worry they may not last as long as the buckles on my military pack. I don't intend to put this through what the military pack went through though and plan on using it as intended. Two or three day camping hiking trips. I purchased the xl and it appears to be just right. Im 6'2 and 300 lbs and there is easily enough length to adjust the torso up and down several inches. The waist buckle was also long enough to cinch in. I had to put the sternum straps at full length to get them to buckle but I don't know that Ill ever really buckle them. I really like the pack and feel it is made to last.