TomatoKate

TomatoKate

TomatoKate

TomatoKate wrote a review of on June 7, 2011

5 5

I bought the S/M size of this pack (I'm 5'-2") to replace the camelbak l.u.x.e. hydration pack womens 520, which I found to be too small and uncomfortable. I like how this pack lets my back and shoulders breathe, doesn't bow outward in the back, and holds everything I need for long day hikes in rough terrain. I usually keep an extra layer inside, some snacks/lunch, maps, compass, knife, headlamp, hat, beacon, and a big Nikon D90 DSLR camera. The pack is a little bit heavy compared to other, similar sized packs, but the great design, rigidity, breathability, and comfort of the pack makes up for the extra weight and I would rather carry this than a lighter, sweatier pack.
The hip belt pockets could stand to be better designed because the way you need to pull the zippers to fully open and close the pockets requires 2 hands. The side pockets are a bit small and would be hard to fit a water bottle in, but with the 3L reservoir I have never needed extra water and instead I use the side pockets to stash maps and zippered-off pant legs. It would be nice if there was an option for an insulated reservoir and tube to use during winter. None of these are deal-breakers for me though.
Overall, a very well thought-out and designed pack.

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TomatoKate

TomatoKate wrote a review of on June 7, 2011

3 5

Seems to be a great bag, (I love the U-shaped, zippered top opening,) but I can't get past one flaw. When the backpack straps are out, (which they need to be whenever you want to actually carry this bag anywhere, since there is no shoulder strap,) the end pocket that they normally stow inside stays wide open.

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