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Christopher  M.

Christopher M.

Christopher  M.

Christopher M.wrote a review of on January 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a male, 5'11, athletic build, 190lbs.

I use this bag for everything! I use it for multiday summer backpacking, skiing, and years ago as a school backpack. This pack gets the most use (compared to Gregory Palisade and BD hydration) because it is light and the 33L seems to be the ideal size for most activities. It is extremely durable and has held up over the last ~8-10 years. I have multiple pin holes but nothing too bad. No long tears.

I give this pack 5 stars, because it would be unfair not to do so given the amount of use but there are down sides.

1) The orange die fades and bleeds.

2) the water bottle pockets suck. I have found my Nalgene going off a 200 ft cliff more than once from the angled pocket. The other pocket has a compression strap around it. You have to take your backpack off to get to it, then readjust some of your pack. Most times, I just leave this strap loose; however, if you are jogging, this is annoying.

3) The straps that hold the tube from the water bladder become very loose. This one is not that bad, but I'd wish it were to retain some of its elasticity.

This pack is one of the most comfortable that I have ever used. I have had it overpacked with 40+ lbs, and its fine as long as back portion is not bulging. In addition, the back ventilation is also excellent provided the load is not too heavy as to crush the padding.

The material wets out after about 5 minutes in a moderate rain, but the pack doesn't retain much water weight. I usually line the inside with a Heafty trash bag prior to an overnight hike.

Overall, I highly suggest this pack. I'd just stay away from a color that bleeds.




Christopher  M.

Christopher M.wrote a review of on October 31, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Patagonia quality: Warm,packs well, and it is extremely light. The hood is intelligently designed as well. However, I personally don't like the fit. It is not tapered; it also seems to stick out in the gut area. I'm not out of shape, and don't like jackets that make me appear that way. The fit also gives a marshmallow feel when wearing as an outer layer. With that said, I'd suggest this for backpacking, but I wouldn't pay anywhere near retail for it.
For reference with size, I'm 5'10 195lbs 32 in waist. Fits tight in the shoulders, but very loose in stomach.