Gear Review

5 5

Best big day pack I have ever had

I searched for a pack for 3 weeks before settling on this pack. It is by far the largest/most intelligently designed pack in the 20-25L range I have ever had. There are not a ton of extra useless pockets and the access into the pockets makes it easy to get bigger items in and out (important for camera gear). The suspension system makes it wonderful as a technical pack when you need to scramble, while still able to easily carry 25lbs comfortably when you just want to cruze on an easy trail. The side and front pockets are still very usable, can get shoes and nalgenes into them when the pack is fully stuffed.

The things that BD can work on. The side mesh pockets, the material isn't the most durable mesh material, It doesn't hold up to being dragged across rough rocks very well, then again what does. Second, the L hip belt is big. It barely gets small enough to fit me. Finally, there isn't really a way to compress the pack down on the bottom when it isn't empty, not a deal breaker, but would have been nice to make it tighter for scrambling.