Al Sharris

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Al Sharris

Al Sharris wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

4 5

I am a fan of this backpack. I got it for a ridiculous steal at $30, so I have a hard time complaining. I have used this on short day hikes as well as an every day pack for school for 2 years. No breakdowns yet, but some of the stitching has started to come undone... Here is the breakdown:

Note: mine is the old version without the new padding on the hip belt, and slightly different shoulder straps

Pros:
- Nice padding
- Mesh pocket is useful for quick stashing (I use it for my bike helmet or rain coat)
- Computer sleeve
- Handy media pocket
- Plenty of space for books
- Chest strap
- Double bottle holders - one for coffee mug one for water bottle

Cons:
- Worthless waist belt. Seriously, why is this thing so narrow?
- Most popular backpack on campus, you will lose it in the piles
- Fraying stitching on shoulder straps

I have not had any issues with the elastic wearing out or gotten tired from carrying less than 10lbs of computer and or books. I don't recommend it, but I consistently load this thing with 25-30lbs of books and computer and have not had an issue. This is likely outside the bounds of what this pack should handle, but what can ya do?

Overall: My favorite all around pack of this size, get it on sale if you can. Why not save the green?

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Al Sharris

Al Sharris wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

4 5

If you can pick it up for cheap I would say grab it. I like the lightweight packability of it and would keep it stashed in my backpack at school for unexpected downpours.

I may have an old version of this jacket, but the issue I ran into was with the front pockets. Setting up a tent in a downpour I got totally soaked by the rain running from the top of my back and into the pockets. Not really avoidable with non-waterproof zippers, but I am going to be stepping up my rain gear for the next time I am going to be in the backcountry for an extended period of time.

In most cases the jacket held up pretty well in heavy rain as long as I was standing upright.

The only other thing I don't like is the feeling of the material against bare skin. It gets pretty sticky even with just a little bit of moisture on either side.

I wear a medium (5'8" 175lbs)

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Al Sharris wrote an answer about on November 22, 2011

I would consider trying it on in a store first. I personally have a hard time fitting anything but a light weight base layer under this jacket because of the "athletic fit". For a person who is my size (5'8" 175lbs) the arm holes are a bit snug if I try and layer too much. Great jacket for what it is though.

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