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Mark S.

Mark S.

Ann Arbor, MI

Mark S.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping

Mark S.'s Bio

Living in Ann Arbor, finding any real terrain is tough. However, I'll take the long drive done the Kentucky, or Pennsylvania for backpacking and hiking. I also took a 3 week trip out to the Wind River Range for a mountaineering trip. I've gone skiing all over Michigan, at Smuggs and Stowe, VT, and at Alta and Snowbird in Utah. I've been to Ohiopyle, PA for whitewater rafting and kayaking multiple times. (WV is the outfitter to use there.) I've been climbing in Red River Gorge and Rattlesnake Point, Canada.

Mark S.

Mark S.wrote a review of on August 18, 2009

4 5

I used this back for a 20 day trip in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. It worked well. The pack fit comfortably (even though I wish I got a large, my torso size is right on the edge.) The hipbelt, even with out doing the fancy molding process was comfortable. It was very easy to pack, being basically a barrel. It's actually fairly water resistant. After being in a puddle for a half hour in Kentucky on another trip the inside was still dry. No rips or holes even after dragging the beast up rocks. It held 80+ lbs. with relative ease. It also has just enough extra features that I used them all, but didn't want more.

On the downside I had a few things brake. One of the buckles attaching the top of the pack to the back of the pack partially broke. One drawstring broke, all though that was partially my yanking on it. Also, one of the ice axe loops broke, though again, that was partially my.

Really, my only design complaint was the Ice Loops that we actually metal bars the held the bottom of your ice axe, and a elastic top to secure the handle. The elastic kept slipping making your axe bump around and I would have to fix it every other brake. However, there is a standard ice axe loop that you may use.

Overall I really loved this pack. My friends Gregory and Osprey packs failed where mine held up. (Only the NOLS Deuter pack really could compare.)