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dav4085964wrote a review of on April 18, 2011

2 5

I really like the design of the pack. I fondled it in the store for a while, and because it seemed to suit all my needs: back access, hydration, ice axe carry, etc, streamline design, I bought it.

Well, a few weeks into it, the lockable compression clips have broken, the frame is always bending out of shape and becoming unusable, as well as constantly unclipping from it's worthless internal fastener.

The load adjustment (wast and shoulder) straps on top are not well designed and often become un-tightened or come out all together. The one above the hydration sleeve doesn't even rest on the strap itself: a complete lack of obvious r&d.

I am once again disappointed by an obvious lack of field testing and use of cheap materials and overseas production.

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dav4085964wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

3 5

I'll start with the fact I liked the material due to its strechy nature. In reality, the fabric is not very waterproof. It seemed to me that no DWR was used because the first days out with them, any precip that landed on them soaked right in.

They also have weak wind-blocking capabilities. On some gusty days off the Aiguille du Midi, I was quite frigid.

I do like the détachable bib part. It helps to keep the mid section warm and hold stuff like a beacon (yes I put it in my pocket).

On to the biggest fail: all the snaps are basically useless. The other day I post-holing up a couloir and every few steps i had to stuff the inner liner into my boot straps to keep it from coming up and snow from falling in my boot.

It's shit like that proves very little real-world R&D went into the product. Either that or they just don't care.

Overall, you get what you pay for. It's cute to see their high MSRP, but the fact that these are available so cheaply gives an indicator of their real value.

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