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A vacation south of the border doesn't necessarily have to involve palm trees and sunny beaches. Gear up for high-altitude adventures off the beaten path with the trusty ALPS Mountaineering Orizaba Backpack at your back. Fully outfitted for shorter treks, the Orizaba demonstrates intuitive design and a commitment to comfort no matter where your itinerary takes you.

  • Adjustable shoulder harness allows you to achieve optimal support and fit through the shoulders and upper torso
  • Hydration pocket and port serve your hydration needs so you aren't constantly reaching back for water bottles
  • Included rain cover protects your gear and valuables from unpredictable squalls
  • Full suspension padding keeps your back comfortable and free of metal
  • Top pocket converts to a fanny pack for quick side excursions
  • Plentiful pockets accommodate last-minute additions
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After almost 5 years, still going strong

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was my first backpacking pack, and I did a lot of research before but I wasn't looking to spend a ton until I knew more about what I would need. Over the years I've learned to love my Alps products - they're affordable, but awesome.

Almost 5 years later and I still have not had a desire to get a new pack. The size is obviously a little on the small side for a longer trek, but it still fits a good amount. As the other reviewer noted, the bungees are kind of junky, but you can buy straps or clips to fix them - that's really a minor issue for me.

The bottom compartment is set up for your sleeping bag, and I can usually fit my sleeping pad down there as well (1.4oz pad). The larger pocket has a slip for your water bladder, and you can load from the top, or unzip the front and stuff things in that way for easy access.

The top lid detaches and has a belt so that you can use it as a day pack if you're out in the wilderness and looking to do a quick summit somewhere nearby, and don't want to carry a huge pack. It also has a clip so you don't lose your keys/compass!

The straps tighten nicely, and the back is pretty comfortable. I sometimes have an issue with straps not tightening enough, but this one does a pretty good job. The top does lean a little away from me which isn't completely ideal - it would be nice it is would just sit on top instead, but that doesn't hold me back.

After almost 5 years, still going strong

Great value & features, but iffy quality

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got this & made a weekend trip with it. I immediately noticed one of the bungees was missing but shrugged that off as something that could be replaced later. Most of the expected fiddling to get the shoulder harness & all the straps adjusted went well, but I'm nearly at the limit of how small the waist can be adjusted for my 30" size, so skinny people take note.

I like that the main compartment can be accessed from the top, front, or bottom, and the included sleeping bag compartment & rain cover are nice. I would prefer the zipper on the detachable top compartment to be on the other side, but that's pretty minor.

My biggest concern is the quality of this pack going forward. I was using the side with the missing bungee for my sleeping pad, and in the process of inserting it for the 3rd time ever the mesh side pocket started pulling away from the elastic retainer and one side of the bungee came out of the end cap. Backcountry has been good at responding to my concerns, and I'm currently reaching out to ALPS for their response to determine if I'll pursue a warranty replacement or if I'll just return it for credit toward a higher quality pack.

Does it have an exterior sleeping bag...

Does it have an exterior sleeping bag compartment?