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Gear Review

5 5

All around good pack!

I use this pack for day hiking around Southern California. It is big enough to hold anything I need and compresses quite nicely when not fully loaded. I like the external sleeve for the hydration system. I have always been a tad paranoid about putting water in with my pack so this system works great for me. You do have to adjust the pack as you drink water from the bladder, but it's really not a huge hassle. The compression straps are a bit funky, I wish they had a clip or something. The cinch cord comes in very handy for a jacket, map, or sleeping pad. This pack could even sustain a true minimalist over a night or two where bear can are not required.

I have seen this used as an add on for the Aether series. It looks a bit awkward, but it seems to attach nicely and stay secure to your main pack. Definitely a good attachment if you are doing a lot of base camping or peak bagging. I won't be using it as an attachment because I can fit 10 days worth of stuff into my Kestrel no problem but I can see it's uses for this purpose.