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Gear Review

5 5

Great Intro to Lightweight Backpacking

Replaced my Gregory Shasta with this pack as the core of my new lighter-weight setup. This pack is amazingly comfortable and swallows much more stuff than you'd think. I had plenty for a four-day excursion and even brought my bulky Nikon D70 camera and tripod along (just strapped it to the outside of the pack). Comfort even with 30 pounds is outstanding. I sweat a lot, but the meshy fabric breathes well and dries quickly. The pack has also proven quite durable in the two season's I've owned it.
Nitpicks: I wish the pack liner was a lighter color to make it easier to spot things inside, and the external stretchy slash pockets are hard to access when the pack is stuffed full. It would be nice if you could remove the hydration bladder without having to dig down inside the pack itself, also. Overall, though, its a simple, dependable, and versatile pack that's quite literally a pleasure to wear.