Gear Review

4 5

Almost Great

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So close, BD. There is more than enough room for everything you could possibly need for cragging. Even with gear hanging out of the thing, it is more comfortable than I expected in spite of the unpadded waist belt and uninspiring frame sheet. The removable rope tarp is water resistant and is comfortably large enough to flake your rope on. Nice.

Most importantly it is tough. It has been through well over a year of scraping through rock, trees, thorns, and being chucked off 4th class sections. Against all odds, it is still in one piece. The zipper still functions and all appendages are still attached. There are really only a few pinholes in it to speak of.

The only problem is the internal pocket. It is blindingly frustrating. Stick in your wallet in the morning to find out at the end of the day they have migrated all the way to the bottom of the pack forcing you to peel the thing apart at your car and dump the contents. The internal pocket is so convenient it now only houses things I don't ever need (first aid).

One little external zippered pocket and this pack will earn that fifth star.

Update: I hate this bag. It will not die. 3 years of abuse and everything functions perfectly. Its like that annoying cousin who just will not leave you alone.
If you want a ridiculously tough no frills pack to throw all your climbing stuff in, this is it. If you like shiny new things, look elsewhere.