Really nice pack

Verified Buyer Reviewed by SJG from NYC on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Only had this a few weeks. As with any pack I may grow to love it but for now I like it a lot but still have a few nits. It is fairly light and the pack seems very well made. It's spacious inside especially if you open up the divider between the top and bottom. You can keep the divider zipped in place and use zipper access to the bottom section. This is where a larger pack might hold a sleeping bag. I don't think most sleeping bags would fit in this section of this pack. Mine would take a lot of stuffing and I'm not sure I'd be comfortable putting that much pressure on the zipper of the divider. The hip belt pockets are small. I could get an old iPhone 4s in there but I doubt you'd fit a 6. Still with something hard in the hip belt pocket, it makes the belt uncomfortable and stiff in that section. I'd suggest keys or soft snacks. There's a great rain cover in its own pocket. Really nice. The outer lid pocket zipper wraps around the lid on the edges making it harder to fully close with one hand. There is also no flap for the zipper so it's very exposed to rain when you're not using the rain cover. There are 2 sets of side compression straps which come in handy when the pack isn't full. I haven't fully adapted to the suspension yet. The shoulder straps have normal adjustments plus a system that lets you adapt them to different torso sizes. Haven't gotten this right yet. They are lightly padded but you will feel them with heavy loads. There is another system that allows you to flex the frame away from your back on hot days. It is a neat idea. I can't say if works yet. Needs more hot weather testing. My biggest issue is a small one but one that comes into play all the time. The lid is closed by straps that extend all the way to t he bottom of the pack. This allows for a lot of adjustment but it also means that the long straps flop down every time you open the lid. When it's time to pack up again you need to find and reach for these straps. Not the biggest deal but I'd rather have those straps anchored a little closer to where they need to be to close up the pack.
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