Rating: 5 / 5
After a few overnight with this pack ( he was too big , but i wanted to try it asap, planning for 2013 TGO ), i just did my first one week snowshoeing hike with it.
- first as i have complained on this forum on a few overweight MLD items, i must state than this one was a few % under the stated weight !
- one of my reasons to buy it was the back inflated mattress, due to a bike versus car accident, my back is painful with most packs, i can stand a light and well packed golite ion for a summer overnight (3-4kg ), but i wasnt able to stand a carefully packed golite jam, or even a talon 44 with 8-10kg.
the only packs that i use are a an old stratos 32 (2008 i would say ) and an exos 58 atm.
so the very good new for me is i found the MLD FS exodus back comfortable enough over a week.
- the shoulder straps are very comfortable, i would rate them on par with my stratos 32 and way better than my exos 58.
- the size reduction at the bottom and with the straps was enough for me to use this pack on overnight ( not compressing much my sleeping bag helped too )
- i used this pack with up to 9-10kg, weight transfer is good until the belt starts to slide down a bit
- the only part i am not 100% satisfied is the belt, while its better than my exos 58 ( again ) i find my stratos 32 way better ( but to be honest this pack even stripped down is twice the weight of the FS exodus )
after a while it tends to slide down a bit, and i find it difficult to tighten it just right for it not to slide without being over tightened
but as belly and hip are a personal thing, this last remark isnt for everyone.
overall i am very happy with this pack , its a keeper, only the belt prevents it being the perfect pack for me.
edit : a few typos and spelling errors, but i am afraid lots are left