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Not what I was hoping for.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I stand by Mountain Hardwear.. but this bag was not the quality I associate with the brand. I took this bag on a weekend backpacking trip and I had TWO things break the first day I used the bag. 1. The compression strap at the bottom.. 2. The elastic pull on the side pocket. --Are you kidding me? Brand new.

It says it has a hydration sleeve, but I couldn't figure out how the hose would come out from the main compartment.. it wanted the hose to come out the side pocket (??). 3 liters on the side-no thanks.. but maybe I missed something on this.

I also couldn't get this pack to fit on my body correctly. I'm pretty average, 5'7" 125lbs.. and the small was as tight as I could get it to stay on my hips. I guess everyone gets let down by their first love? I'm returning the bag.

To end on a positive note I did like the hip pockets and the way the top folded down.

Very thin shoulder strap.

    The backpack is beautifuly and nicely designed, except the shoulder straps which are so thin that with barely any weight loaded grabs in your shoulder. I do not recommend it. FYI smaller north face backpacks have wider shoudler straps. I returned the backpack.

    great lightweight pack

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Great great pack. I've been using this pack for short backpacking trips and canyoneering trips and it's excelled at both of these. It's been very comfortable to wear and I love the mesh back and the firm cushioning on the straps. I wasn't sure I was going to like the roll top, but now I wish my bigger backpacking pack had it too! If you want a lot of pockets, this might not be your pack. But it has several, including hip belt pockets which are nice to have. I also really like the ability to easily and quickly lash things to the outside of the pack with either the expandable mesh pocket or the daisy chain on the front. This features is priceless for canyoneering when you don't want to stick your wet, smelly, wetsuit inside the pack if you don't have to. I also like how there isn't much in terms of big loops and straps on the pack that can get snagged on things.

    So far durability has been bomber its survived the beating that is canyoneering quite well. I've dragged the bottom and sides of this pack along sandstone slot canyons, I've dunked it in canyon pools, I've swam in it, I've dropped it down small drops. And it still looks great.

    The only thing that I would change about it is the hipbelt. I really like the mesh on it, and the hip belt is very comfortable and great for when you're hauling less than 30 lbs. The few times I've hauled more, I've felt like I would have liked to have a more solid hip belt. But that's probably personal preference too.

    As for fit, I thought it was a little small compared to other brands. I am 5'5" with a short torso and have a small in my Gregory backpacking pack and my REI daypack. But in this pack, the small seemed too short so I went with the medium which fits great.

    Update: also took it on a 2 week Europe backpacking trip! Perfect size for that length trip and this pack is a full pound and a half lighter than my 60L gregory pack. Packing cubes were a super nice to have though because it's top loading.

    great lightweight pack

    awesome features, BUT....

      This pack is loaded with a ton of intuitive and convenient features for use as a crag pack. The side access is, obviously, great to have. The lack of a lid (who uses a detachable lid on a crag pack anyway?) makes it lighter. Even this, the women's version, is wide enough at the bottom to lay down a rope bag in and the bottom zipper makes it easy to deliver the rope (or a trad rack) by cesarean section.

      BUT.... do yourself a favor and keep the box the pack came in and/or order a pack of spare buckles along with it. My husband got the men's version and first time loading it up... the compression strap buckle broke. Backcountry replaced it at no charge, but you still gotta make that trip to the UPS store. I got this one, because I liked his so much and the same thing happened. First time I load it up, POP goes the compression strap buckle. Do I try and send this one back too? What happens if this keeps happening? I'm still trying to figure out how to resolve this.

      Love this pack!

        I got this pack to use in Grand Canyon. I needed to be able to carry lots of water for the Clear Creek trail in August. This pack has huge side pockets which were a must have for me. Each pocket held a 1L nalgene bottle plus a 1L platypus bottle, so along with a 3L camelback in the hydration sleeve I easily carried 7L of water plus 4 days of gear.
        The roll down top is great. Also having zipper access on the bottom and side of the pack makes keeping your gear organized a breeze. Carrying a smaller load is no problem thanks to all the compression straps, which by the way do not get in the way of the side pockets.
        The hip-belt pockets are great for carrying on-the-go snacks and necessities such as lip balm and hand sanitizer. The mesh back panel air flow is so nice on hot days. The shoulder straps and hip belt are cushy enough to be plenty comfy for hiking all day. Overall, this is a very well-designed, durable and comfortable pack. Oh, and it looks good too--I have the green one and got many compliments on the trail :-D