Rating: 4 / 5
This is a no-thrills but well-constructed frameless day pack. You can see photo and specs here. You can also see BPL's spotlight review here.
The pack weighs 12 oz. on my digital scale. By shortening the straps and whacking off unneeded lash points and whatnot's, I got the pack down to 10 oz.
This pack reminds me a bit of GoLite's old silnylon packs -- such as the GoLite Dawn. Both keep weight down by dispensing with thrills and bombproof fabrics -- except in places where they really matter. The pack's shoulder straps are soft and comfortably padded, with an adjustable sternum strap -- quite luxurious compared to many other frameless packs. Critical areas are all reinforced with more robust materials and stitching.
While most people will use this as their day or peak bagging pack, I actually bought it as my travel pack. The pack volume doesn't look like much (and at 20L, it isn't), but the volume that's there is all usable. There are basically three compartments:
1. Top pocket (zippable)
2. Main compartment with a sleeve inside for water bladder and two ports
3. Mesh outer pocket all around near the bottom of the pack, with one opening on each side
I begin packing as if I were going on a month-long hosteling vacation to a temperate region (say 32F and up). I pack my pen, writing pad, and small flashlight in the top pocket. I then pack my clothing, toiletry, first aid, guidebook, etc. into the main compartment. Finally, my umbrella and wind jacket go into the outer mesh pocket (with plenty of room still for one or two 16oz size water bottles).
Amazingly, everything fits with room to spare! I would say the pack is only a tad over half full. Yes, I travel lighter than most, but I am also impressed with the pack's design.
All packed up and ready to go, the total pack weight is just 7 lbs.
Anything to watch out for? Yes. This is a UL pack. While critical areas are reinforced as mentioned, the pack body is silnylon -- and a bit of babying will be required. Rudely tossing the pack into the cargo hold of a Grey Hound or carelessly dragging it over talus will likely spell the end of this pack. Luckily, being so small and light, it can go wherever you go, and will never need to be tossed in with other people's huge luggage.