So Far So Good ... Stay Tuned
This back pack just showed up at my front door. On first inspection, I'm happy with the apparent quality. Zippers look good. Pockets are bigger than anticipated and there is one more pocket than I thought which is nice surprise. Hip belt and suspension in general look like quality. I have a bunch of backpacks including a Gregory Palisades 80 and the North Face El Lobo looks to be the measure of the Gregory. I got this one for a little 3 day trip this weekend. I'll let you know more after living with this thing out on the trail for a few days.
Update; Loaded 40 pounds into my El Lobo and took it up on the AT for a few days. Back packs fit or they don't and this one just didn't fit me well. I wanted to love this pack. I was impressed with the quality and the layout. The pockets are well thought out and well placed. The hip belt has two small pockets, one of which is water proof and the other mesh. Nice touch. I was able to fit my sleeping bag, pad, first aid kit and some other odds and ends in the sleeping bag compartment at the bottom of the pack. Pack compresses down nicely, straps are good. Stuff it pocket was perfect for my rain gear. In short this is a great pack but after two days in the steeps I had some bruises on my hips. This thing will fit somebody perfect ... just not me