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Gear Review

5 5

Better than most

I tried 3 other bags in its class (Boreas Buttermilk, Osprey Pack Exos 58, and Mountain Hardware Thruway 50) before deciding on this kick-a$$ bag. Sure this is one Spartan bag and I'd love to have some simple convenience features like hip-belt pocket, and maybe a stow on the go feature that Osprey packs do, but you know where this bag (to me) excels in one thing that matters the most to me? The suspension! The most customizable, comfortable set of support, ventilation, and straps I've had the luxury of imposing on my back. I remember reading Backpacker magazine saying it has a "class leading hip belt," and it really does by a mile. I also love the bomber Cordura, and also the line-loc cord and how easy it is to loosen and tighten it to compress the bag quickly and evenly. One minor gripe? It's kinda ugly....but it's growing on me because it fits so well.