Rating: 4 / 5
Weight: 10 ozs / 283 g
Main Material: 210d Ripstop Nylon
Main Material: 30d Silicone Nylon
Volume: 1000 cu in / 16 litres
I've used this pack on off-trail day-trips both in wintertime (skiing) and summer. It's just small enough to force you into making hard choices on what to bring. Even in the alpine climate of northern Sweden I did not find that I was missing anything. For my winter trip I managed to pack:
A mountain shelter (Outdoor Designs), A down sweater (Klättermusen Liv), A 0,7l Thermos, A Bushbuddy Stove packed in the MSR Titan kettle, 3 sandwiches, a large food plate, and a sit pad. The pack also has a small top pocket that can also be used for storing the entire bag in itself if one wants to pack it in a larger sack. Super Ultra-Light backpackers might even be able to use it for a weekend-trip, but I think that's a real challenge.
After 6 months (non-continuous) of use the bag shows no significant signs of wear. There is a small patch where the silnylon seems a bit stretched though. I think this is probably a result from trying squeeze too many things into the pack when testing to see how much I could fit in it. I also occasionally bring groceries home in the bag and that's probably more weight than it is supposed to handle. I think you can probably comfortably carry around 6-8 pounds in the pack. The sternum strap works quite OK and keeps the bag in place even when skiing.
I haven't used it as a compression-sack yet. I think it is a bit too heavy for that. I've also seen better compressionsacks, but I guess you can't have it all.
What I miss with this pack is a mesh pocket for a waterbottle. I think that would be a really useful addition. I'm thinking I could maybe add one myself. Another missing feature is that it is not completely waterproof. In places where a wet sleepingbag is not a matter of survival it's probably OK though. It would probably withstand a lot of rain, but water will get in if the sack is completely submerged. For such cases I would complement the protection with a thin garbage bag.
Overall I think this is a really nice little pack. Especially as a summit pack in combination with a larger backpack. For a more complete and larger pack of this nature it might be that the OR DryComp Summit Sack is a better choice (It's waterproof, larger (also 2 oz heavier.), and has mesh pockets.), but I haven't tried that one. Perhaps there are better and lighter alternatives, but a definitive plus for me is that this bag is available in stores in Sweden and it is reasonably priced as well ( 375 SEK at GetOut SÄCK, Stockholm).
The recommended retail price is 40$.
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