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Gear Review

5 5

Great for commuting! High quality

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this for commuting and also just used it for a grocery store visit, and to my amazement, it fits two 1-gallon plastic milk jugs side by side in the main compartment, with room for more small items and a loaf of bread on top!

The best feature about this pack is how it seems to be balanced enough to stand up straight easily when loading/unloading. The zippers zip open and closed really crisply--no snagging, no needing to straighten out the bag to zip up easily, just quality stuff! Things slip in and out very easily! The front compartment fits my U-Lock, mini pump, and patch kit easily and I've used the organizer sleeve for my cyclometer and lights. It'd easily fit a Garmin Edge too. Always useful to have a pen and marker with ya. Sunglass pocket is a great idea, to store your sunglasses when indoors and now that it gets dark sooner. Haven't used the bottle holders, as I don't want to make it too heavy, but handy if I need to take a drink along with me. Skateboard straps seem to be of limited use, not being a skateboarder. I will think of something for it though (seems to be what's balancing the shoulder straps to help it stand up straight). Love the Phantom style, esp with the yellow contrast.

Seems to be good design and construction. I had a SOC Bugout back as my last pack and its shoulder straps' stitching came undone, but its huge capacity encouraged me to "over-pack" it. The front pockets on that pack also had stitching come undone and items could fall out. I made sure to check the design on this, to not let that happen again. Thankfully, the Dakine's pack doesn't seem to have anything that will affect its function immediately if the stitching starts to fail.

This pack is highly recommended! I considered the Dakine Frontier, thinking I'd need more room, yet didn't want a pack that looked like a mountaineering/camping pack, but this one happened to fit the bill, for a reasonable price and confidence inspiring warranty.