It's about keeping comfortable in a hostile world.
- ergoActive XP suspension blends full-range motion with stable support for heavier loads on multi-day trips
- ergoActive XP hipbelt uses urethane elastomers for added stability and dynamic load transfer
- OpenAir back panel promotes cooling airflow to keep your back dry and comfortable
- Compartment divider helps keep you organized
- Side and hipbelt pockets for easy access to the essentials
- Hydration compatible to keep you moving on long hikes
- Retractable trekking pole/ice axe loop is out of the way when you don't need it
- Sleeping pad straps save interior room
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I've been throughly satisfied with this pack for many different reasons.
1. The waist belt rotates, which means it moves with your hips every time you take a step which feels very natural and ergonomic.
2. The pack has an internal metal frame that is very secure and sturdy, providing extra support.
3. The huge access point in the middle is perfect for grabbing something that is in the middle or bottom of your pack.
4. Very well padded. Very comfortable around the waist and the waist belt has two small pockets for a small tube of sunscreen or a couple clif bars. I was able to fit two clif bars into each pocket for easy access.
5. There are two large external pockets on either side of the pack, large enough to hold a 32 oz. Nalgene.
Overall, I'd recommend this pack to anybody who's looking for a solid weekend backpacking trip.
I bought this pack and so far I've been impressed. All the zippers are taped and everything is made well. I took it out on a 8.5 mile hike up Wildrose Peak in Death Valley. The pack road well and it was easy to adjust for comfort. Also, the pivoting hip belt and load adjusting cables move with you and feel natural. The side pockets are stretchy which allows you to put stuff in them even when the pack is full. Also, I liked how the pockets on the hip belt are easily accessible. I've had other packs where the pockets could not be reached very well. Finally just for some extra info the hip belt doesn't come attached. It is easy to attach but you may not realize the tool is in a pocket. I didn't realize that and I went and got an alan wrench from my garage when there was one with me the whole time.
Can I lock this pack w. luggage locks, like the Master type?
You could put a lock on the zippers but it really wouldn't lock the main compartment. From the top it uses a draw string like many other bags. From the side access to the main compartment and other pockets there are zippers and a lock could be put on these. However, the pull tabs are strings and could easily be cut.
Technically, you can but if the robber was determined, he can just cut the straps that you put the lock onto. There are no metal pull tabs to put a lock on.
What sort of weight can this pack comfortably hold? Is, say, 40lb a problem?
40 lbs should be doable. I'd take care in how you pack it in order to comfortably distribute the load.
I've hiked with 40 pounds of gear/food in this bag no problem. Just make sure to put all your heavy items in the bottom/back section of the bag.
I know, pretty broad statement, right? Well, that's what it felt like on a 8-day trip in the Pyrenees. At first, I was a little concerned if the 65 might hold all the backpacking (2P tent, sleeping bag and pad, clothing, rain gear, food), plus camera equipment (tripod, body, 4 lenses and accessories) for a week-long trip but the Mercury did awesome.
+ Back ventilation was superb, even in the 90 degree temperatures on the valley floors.
+ The ErgoActiv system worked as it is supposed to and exceeded my expectations. It moved really well with me on the narrow Pyrenean trails and scree sections, while always being supportive and feeling well designed, something I wouldn't say about another manufacturer other than BD.
+ Shoulder straps felt a little stiff at first but after a couple of miles, they wear in and you appreciate the support of the Swing Arm technology. Overall, the pack felt much lighter than it actually was (mid 40lbs. range I would guess) and I have to applaud Black Diamond (again) for designing a pack that allows you to hike more miles with seemingly less weight to carry.
+ The removable hip belt is gold when air travel is involved. You can board the plane knowing you can attach the hip belt once you picked up your pack, nothing gets ripped off. Easy call. The hex key stores away in the right pocket of the belt - perfect.
+ The hiking pole loops are cleverly designed and so are the additional straps that just store away in little pockets under the top lid and in the smaller front compartment, which is large enough to fit rain jacket and pants, maps, etc. at the same time for easy access.
Easily the best backpack I ever carried and I wouldn't hesitate recommending it.
Oh, and I got the Stone color, which is actually a little more on the olive-ish green side, yet, a color I would still classify as brown, just with said super light olive-ish color cast.
does the mercury 65 have sleeping pad straps? i see two straps on the bottom of the pack that could be sleeping pad straps.
Yes it have a sleeping pad streps
Yes, it is on the outside bottom section of the pack
I am still trying to find a flaw with this pack, it seems perfect!! Am I wrong?
It has no mechanism for transmitting tree locations to blind hikers.
im not blind though