Since Dan asked me some questions about 2009 revelation and it seems I can’t insert photos onto the reader’s review part in this site, I'd like to share some experience and show some pictures here.
Actually my revelation is a customized one. As my request, Ron added load lifter straps and inner pad sleeves for me. Thus, for me this one is an all-featured ul pack rather than a lightest pack.
The reason why I added these features is that I still prefer that my pack and shoulder straps stay close to my body. I just don't want the shoulder strap looks like the picture shown the link below. http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/shop/images/Threepacks2.jpg
For me, if a pack has hip belts, I'd want it to have load lifters as well.
This pack including all compression straps or shock cords without the folded pad is about 8 oz.
Due to this busy year, I still don't have chance to carry this pack for trips longer than two days. For this reason, I can only provide an initial report of this customized 2009 revelation.
The picture below shows the gear I carry for a weekend off-trail bushwhacking trip. I think the base weight is just a little above 4 lbs, but the maximum total pack weight including water and foods during the hike is up to 16 lbs. Thanks to the firm folded pad fixed in the sleeves, hip wings and load lifter straps, I feel very comfortable all the time, and I'm confident that I will still be happy even if the pack weight is raised to 20 to 25 lbs.
Since there are too many thorns which make me a little worry about the abrasion and puncture resistance, I used a rain cover. However, the 1.5 oz./sq. yd. cuben fiber looks very strong. I think it’s quite durable enough for any casual hiking routes.
One thing I would concern about is the seams between the hip wings or shoulder straps and the pack body. However this should not be a problem because Ron did a good job in reinforcing them by pasting black nylon before the sewing.
I like this pack very much, and it’s my go-to pack now, but there are still some shortcomings for me. First of all, the elastic band on the top of mesh pocket is a little too loose to hold stuffs well especially when there is not many stuffs inside the pack. I would like to change it to an adjustable elastic cord. Secondly, I found it lack loops on middle of the pack for shock cord lashing. I think two more loops will make the compression system much better. Furthermore, I don’t like the elastic top compression cord because I think the top strap like the option provided for packs in zpacks.com is easier to use.
Two more pictures.
Thanks Ron for making such a sweet pack for me!