- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I researched a large number of packs and brands. This was the clear winner for me.
This is a lightweight pack. Most lightweight packs sacrifice comfort by using smaller straps and buckles to reduce weight. The Revival uses substantial padding and straps and boasts a bigger max carry capacity than other packs in the same weight range. This pack is comfortable.
This pack has great organization with lots of pockets and features. The Revival is a top loading pack with front access. I feel that front access is more convenient, more functional and more used than a separate bag compartment.
The single stay fulcrum suspension is awesome. you can turn, twist and move freely. My first trial was a ten mile in. My shoulders and hips felt good from the first use.
One main positive for me with this over the Osprey pack I came close to buying is the air flow and suspension. With Osprey packs you get a net/vented area between your back and the pack. This actually pushes weight away from your body and can make the pack feel top heavy. The Revival uses air channels which allows the pack to remain close to your body.
As for complaints by others: The hips feel stiff at first; but, feel great when weighted and in use. I have had no discomfort. Some of the initial online reviews of this pack were made from prototype packs that did in fact use a different belt/foam. As for the sloped bottom - granted it creates an awkward space internally; but, it is actually nice when light rock hopping and scrambling down a boulder field. There is nothing to bump or catch on. Bottle opener? ...use it as an attachment point for a Spot, radio etc. A whistle would be a nice addition as well as an on the fly pole stash feature.
I am 5'11" 180-185lbs with 18" torso. I am right between S/M and M/L. I went with M/L but would say a personal choice should be made here.
I love this pack. 3 friends have purchased this pack since checking mine out. I obviously would recommend it to all!