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Gear Review

4 5

Good Pack for a Long Trip

After using internal frame packs from Kelty, i am returning to the External Frame pack for one primary reason: There are significantly more ways to position your gear in and around this pack.
I am 6'2" and getting to be wider in the waist with age. Yet this pack was fully adjustable to fit me and my tall & wide body frame.
I can carry multiple tents, sleeping bags and pads for the adventures I take my young children on. The pack holds double what my large internal frame pack holds and it is easier to distribute the weight and placement of the extra gear I choose to carry for my young children.
I do have a few complaints, hence i am only giving 4.5-stars. CONS: not enough exterior pockets for beverages or water bottles. The bladder area inside the pack for my camelback bladder is wide and short, not tall and narrow. it will not be fully functional for me to suck water out of my bladder with the bladder having to lie side-ways. I would have liked mesh pockets on both sides instead of just on one side. I would also like to see more utility in the design for the zippered pock of the Bimini cover. Right now it is too thin and not designed for quick access once the pack is all packed and ready to go. PROS: Room for lots of gear, adjustable for small to tall people, adjustable for wider people, comfortable waist-belt. More air ventilation for Desert Backpacking activities.