- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have only used this pack once, but it was enough to convince me of it's superiority!
The air frame is super nice when it gets warm...say good bye to sweaty backs. My last pack was a 5+ pound dana design top loader with a fairly hefty hip belt. This pack's belt is much simpler but in no way does it sacrifice on comfort. Being that the pack weighs a scant 3.5 pounds sure helps too! Just picking it up while its empty, you have to wonder if it is going to hold up, and it does!
The curvature of the wireframe does make packing a little weird. Where the frame peaks out, it almost separates the load up and down sometimes causing tension in the outside pockets if you have it packed tight, but it is not really a problem.
Inserting the Camelbak bladder was a little difficult because the wireframe kind of squeezes the bladder in it's holder, but also, not a deal breaker.
The variety of pockets on the pack is super helpful for separating gear and making it easy to get out the things you need when you need them.
I am super happy with this guy!