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A peak-conquering pack made just for the ladies.
- SL stands for slim line, which sports women-specific tech such as conical shape, a pre-shaped hip belt, a narrow shoulder width, shorter shoulder straps with narrow and tapered ends, and shoulders that have a subtle S-shape
- AirContact back system uses two breathable mesh strips up the back to create a chimney effect that circulates cool air in from the bottom and allows hot air to escape out the top
- Variquick adjustable harness provides custom adjustment for backs 13-20in in length
- Aluminum X stays provide a rigid structure that makes heavier loads more manageable
- Variflex pivoting waist belt moves with your mountain maneuvers and helps transfer the pack's load to your legs
- The bottom-accessed sleeping bag compartment includes a removable zip divider for organization or simplifying your load
- Ice axe or trekking pole loops secure your tools as you start your trek
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Great pack, especially for the price!
I bought this pack for my first major backpacking trip- a 120+ mile, 11 day end to end hike of the Northville-Placid Trail in the Adirondacks. My cousin and hiking partner also bought the same pack (her's was maroon, mine was blue.) Overall, we found the pack performed very well, especially for the price. The great degree to which you could adjust the pack, including for torso length, was very helpful. Although similar in build, she has a much shorter torso than I do, and had her pack professionally fitted (on the shortest torso setting) at the store. I ordered mine here, but was able to get a great fit at home just by following the instructions that came with the pack and additional tips I found online. We were able to fit all the gear we needed inside, each carrying about 35-40 lbs, depending on how much food we had in the bear can. The pack is obviously very well designed and built, and can definitely hold its own against much more expensive packs. I wish I could access the mesh side pockets without taking the pack off (made water breaks rather annoying), that there were a few more interior pockets, and that the waist belt came with 2 zippered pockets instead of just the one, but these are minor quibbles. The pack carried and distributed weight evenly and well, the padding was comfortable, and the adjustable straps and torso make it ideal for many different body types. This pack came through 11 days in the north country with only a few muddy streaks to mar it. I would definitely buy this pack again, and am looking forward to taking it on more trips in the future. A definite best buy- great quality for the price!
great - worth the weight
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Used to use Opsrey Aura but find this more supportive and worth the tad extra weight. Nice hip snack pouch too.
Amazing FIRST backpacking pack
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My dad took me camping when I was really young and tiny. Now 28, I want to get into trekking/ backpacking/mountaineering. I went on my first backpacking trip to Mt.Whitney Summit on June 13, 2014. I carried a total of 31lbs with this pack, very comfortably. I did however train with this pack before the Whitney trip. I do advise that, you, the buyer, do the same so one could adjust the pack properly through trial and error. The pack comes equipped with numerous ways to adjust the pack. One being the height of your torso. I backpacked up San Jacinto and found out I had the adjustments all wrong and my hips swelled LITERALLY to the size of half softballs. It was the most miserable descent with me blocking out the pain. It was not the packs fault at all though. I went to my friend and referred to some guides online how to properly adjust the pack, and that did the trick.
As a newb, I learned the pack should rest mostly (not all) on the hips, strongest part of the body, and then some on the shoulders. When I did San Jacinto I put all 22lbs on my hips and had the waist straps tied extremely tight. No wonder my shoulders felt oh so good at end. doh!
GOOD NEWS: is I am happy to report from my return from Mt. Whitney that my body feels great carrying 31 lbs. Typical slightly sore shoulders, and a little tiny bump on the hips from a good 3 days backpacking trip. Nothing at all major.
I do say this pack is a great beginner pack because the pack is geared solely toward comfort. There is so much padding in all the right areas. However the downside, is the packs dry weight is over 3lbs! I do plan to progress to a lighter pack, yet I am just starting out and this pack helped ease me into this new adventure, that I am already booking for another backpacking trip and a mountaineering trip. To see more pics of my trip I post on Instagram:TheLuckyYogi and will have a video soon up on YouTube:LuckyYogi
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had this pack for over the year and love it. I used it on multi day backpacking trips in the summer and overnights in winter. It carries the loads very well - I've loaded it up to low 50s. I am 5'4 and 120 lb. The hip belts are awesome and the pack fits me extremely well. If adjusted well, I don't get sore shoulders, hips and such. At over 3 lb, it is not light, but rides very well, better than some smaller packs I own. Great pack!
Men's pack fit me better!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've taken this pack on 2 - 5 day backpacking & climbing trips, and otherwise used on day climbing outings. The max weight I've loaded to is mid 40 lbs.
There are many great things about this pack... such as:
Clever torso length adjustment
Adjustable position of brain
Juuuust the right size for a weekend-lightweight week trip
There are also many things left to be desired.
Top on my list-o-beefs is that the women's fit hipbelt is awful. Perhaps just for me, though I suspect I'm not such an unusual geometry (5'9", 150'). The torso length of the men's pack is adjustable enough to cover gals in my height range, and their hip belt doesn't have these annoying, painful divot-things that are supposed to somehow fit me better. Or fit at all.
The suspension is on the light side, and will quite comfortably suspend loads into the mid-high 30 lb range. Above that and the pack will strain. This is not a pack to expect comfort with a 40-50 lb load.
Also, there are no bottom straps, which is... kind of weird. Not a deal breaker.
At the end of the day, I will probably go back to my Osprey Kestrel 48 for lighter loads, and my Osprey Ariel 65 for the bigguns.
SL women's fit details
Good Weekend Pack
Very comfortable and easy to pack. When weight is balanced, it's easy to forget you have it on. Easy to adjust shoulder strap height. Bottom access is a nice feature. Have not used option for separate bottom compartment yet. Wish lid was removable/ hip pack for day hikes. Wish I could access the side mesh pockets w/o having to take the pack off. I'd buy it again, but would probably get one with a convertible lid instead, if I remembered.