Timeless and Functional
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is an updated version of a timeless design and my favorite pack for many situations. I've owned many new good quality internal frame packs, but keep going back to this one.
A back saver for heavier loads and multi-day trips as it effectively distributes the weight to your hips rather than your shoulders. The padding on the lumbar belt and shoulder straps is very good.
These packs are highly adjustable for fit. I'm -5'8" -165lbs -42"chest -30" waist and 18" torso. Even the S/M adjusts out enough to fit me.
Strapping my tent, bag, and pad to the outside leaves 3000 cu in of internal storage which is plenty for me personally. If you need more, step up to the Trekker.
Good organization and access. 6 external pockets, an internal divider, and water bladder compatible. The water bottle pocket on the outside fits my 40oz Klean Kanteen perfectly.
External frames are great for distance hiking, load carrying, and ventilation. That's why many of us still use them. They don't fit as tight as most internal frames, so I still use an internal frame pack for more challenging technical mountaineering.
Yes it's a somewhat old school design, but there's a reason why it's been used for decades.