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hex3562265 wrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Has survived multiple landings in developing world airports - it would probably stop a bullet.

Two issues: you can fit a lot of stuff in this, but since it starts at nearly 9 pounds you have to be careful of getting hit with the overweight baggage fee. That's not the bag's fault, that's you for packing too much in and the airlines for being filthy mugger pirates.

Second is that the slack on the compression straps is held in with plastic clips. Since you'll want to keep the straps from dangling once it's all compressed (lest something catch on a conveyor somewhere) you really need these, but the plastic clips are a little thin and have broken, likely when a baggage thrower flung the bag by the straps instead of the handles. However, Osprey on request sent an envelope full of replacement clips.

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hex3562265 wrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bottom line- comfortable for the kid (she falls asleep in it), comfortable for the mule for a long haul, and easy to adjust on the fly .

We've had it for several months now- it's our go-to baby carrier for when it's too hot to use the Ergo or baby wrap (we live in Thailand). It's been on long hikes, an elephant ride, and a trip in a dugout canoe.

While they sell a rain cover for this, I've been impressed that the sun shade alone kept the tot dry through a tropical downpour for about five minutes. Not sure how it would handle a longer duration (parts of the shade are mesh) but if you just need something while you sprint to shelter you can probably skip the rain cover.

Second fun fact- the shoulder load adjustment buckles are within the passenger's reach, which can lead to some holy $#!T moments when she loosens one. She'll learn not to, can't really ding the pack on that.

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hex3562265 wrote a review of on August 25, 2010

4 5

I do deeply love this pack, but I would have to give it two caveats:

The trekking pole storage system isn't removable (at least not without just cutting the cords) so if you're looking to minimize straps, you might be annoyed. However, the upper pole loop ends up being just right for sticking a hydration tube mouthpiece in, so it's fine.

Hydration bladders fit very well in a sealed compartment between the main compartment and the back panel, but there's a little drain hole from the hydration compartment that leads right to your lower back. I didn't know the various tricks to keep condensation from building up on the hydration bladder, which meant I ended up incredibly refreshed/soaked on a hot hike.

Otherwise, a perfect pack for travel, a long day hike, or carrying a garment bag and change of shoes for a bike commute.

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