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Gear Review

4 5

Great Lightweight Pack

I got this pack looking for something that I could use for overnight ski trips as well as light backpacking. I wanted something in the 40L - 60L volume range that would compress well when not very full for skiing. This pack does that excellently. Fully expanding this pack involves leaving the roll-top open and cinching a large nylon collar that the lid goes over. In this configuration, it has got to be very close to a 60L pack. It also compresses very well, especially when ditching the lid. The minimalist design also allowed me to use the pack as a decent sleeping pad on an unintended overnight. My only reason for knocking off a star is the pack's limited durability. Lightweight vs. durable is always a trade-off, but the material showed significant wear after just a few miles with skis strapped on the sides. I will be rigging up a diagonal carry to deal with this, and once I do this should make for a great do it all pack.

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I give it 4 stars as well due to durability. After a 2nd A-frame ski carry using the side straps, on one side two small cuts in the material appeared from my ski edges--had to fix with Tenacious Tape. On my next outing I took two Voile 15" ski straps and ran them thru the crampon patch attachments and carried my skis that way. It worked pretty well and the reenforced material is burly enough to prevent any cutting. I also used the pack ice climbing this winter. Never carried it while climbing as we were top roping. However, in 0 to -10F Alaska cold, the fabric gets a little stiff.