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Gear Review

4 5

a few small improvements needed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
This is a very comfortable pack. The shoulder straps are well padded without being too bulky. The ventilated straps seem like a good idea.

The embossed top pocket gets a lot of use, whether it?s to hold my Garmin 500 before a ride, compact camera, or sunglasses. The material is supposed to be safe for these surfaces.

The area zip divider separates stinky and dirty items.

For a smaller pack, the fact that it has an adjustable yoke is a big bonus. Added with the two torso sizes, it?s easy to achieve a very comfortable fit.

The whistle chest strap buckle is a thoughtful feature.

Cons:
One area where the pack could be improved are the side pocket compression straps. They don?t really do the job well of holding anything down. They are too low and thus don?t wrap around the neck of an MSR fuel bottle (maybe the really small one) or water bottle. They will bounce out.

The chest pocket will hold an iphone (maybe not the taller 5) or other similar sized smart phone as long as there is no protective jacket. If you use one, it will not fit. It does however work well for holding a gel flask.

Elastic cord on face would also be great for attaching a lightweight jacket or long sleeve jersey when temps rise. The netting isn?t very large and doesn?t expand enough.

Hip pockets could be a little bigger. Maybe they are on the large, but mine (s/m) basically hold a small headlamp, my mini Griptilian knife, emergency fire starter and gel pack. Not being big enough to fit a small camera or GPS (eTrex size) is my main gripe.

Other than that, I really enjoy using this pack. A large chunk of its use is as a commuter pack. But I also love it just as much on day hikes or overnight trips. The tool organization pouch with pump sleeve is great, and for those with a Raptor series pack, is the same setup. My purpose for buying this pack was for someovernight bike packing and I really look forward to testing it out in that situation.