Rating: 5 / 5
I have used this pack for the last two years through all seasons. I consistently do my walks through Colorado's West slope mountains and canyons. 70% off trail. I don't use bear canisters.
When I first got the pack I tried the internal frame system. I wasn't sure I would completely embrace "light". However, I found the frame unnecessary and of no comfort value. This is why I have placed this, maybe mistakenly, as a frameless pack. After my initial experimentation, I have used a folded up x-therm pad folded up and slipped in the internal back sleeve as my only support. I am typically in the 15-20 lb range and the pack is very comfortable in this configuration.
The hipbelt and shoulder straps are perfect for me, more than I ever would of imagined an unpadded suspension could be. The side strap configuration is conducive for compressing the pack. I have never used its full capacity even on -10 degree trips. There are two side pockets that have mesh bottoms. The pockets are large enough and in a position to be easily accessed while the pack is on my back. The tensioning system for these pockets is so easy to manipulate one handed that it should be required on all packs. Above the side pockets is a sleeve that runs up both sides of the pack approximately 14-15 inches. These sleeves are great for tent poles, or double 1 L camelbak type bladders in the desert, or on occasion I have brought a tripod and spotting scope with me. Typically I will have my wet weather gear in them for easy access. There is one more pocket on the back of the pack with a mesh liner. I am not big compartmentalization guy, but I love this pocket for my tarp shelter. Wet or dry, this pocket is the right size and the mesh bottom facilitates drainage when you have to pack a wet tarp. The sturdy fabric on the bottom of the pack is well positioned for durability, especially if you are one to sit down with your pack on to do glassing on the go.
I don’t appreciate the elastic cord tensioning system on the back of the pack. I feel a nonelastic cord would be better suited for this purpose.
Overall, this has been an excellent and durable lightweight pack for me. It's compressability and capacity make it a diverse go to pack for me. The only thing I don't use it for is packing out critters.
I haven't found my reciept, but a few years ago I thought it was priced a bit lower then it is now.