Rated2out of5byErosfromPoor fabrication, needs better materialsGreat capacity but ended up not satisfied with this product. After a 1 hour of use under significant cardio vascular activity, my back was always get, a lot! Also, the white material comes off very easly and your left with something that seem you may as well picked up from a trash can
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated4out of5bywakka13fromGood Pack. Not so good climbing packPack handles well and is comfortable. Overall it is a good bag to carry items. Took it for a day hike in the San Gabriel Mountains and after 4 miles of moderate hiking, I thought my hydration bladder was leaking. turns out it was because the back padding is not ver breathable and it was all my own sweat. Usually with my backpacks, this doesn't happen as extremely even in high heat.
Also, as other reviews state, the pack really isn't large enough to hold lots of climbing gear. 60m rope takes up almost all the space. I could probably fit everything in if i packed it well and carefully. Otherwise, I use the pack to carry 2 pairs of shoes, harness, clothes, chalk, chalkbag, and other indoor climbing gear when I go to the gym.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated4out of5byT1mm3yfrombomberMe: I'm looking for a bomber daypack, I need to stick sharp rocks in it
REI Associate: You mean, like for training?
Me: no, I just like to stick sharp rocks in my pack
REI guy: funny look
Yea I'm a rockhound. I need a bomber pack that I can stick rocks in. I've gone through wimpier packs and this one looks like it will do the trick.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated3out of5byLhpicklefromDon't Be FooledDon't be fooled as this pack will not fit your rope (60m), shoes (size 45), harness and hardware (14 draws, ATC, GriGri and Slings) all in the same bag. it is a well thought out bag, just to small and it definately won't fit your bladder for long approaches either.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated5out of5bygear_monkeyfromGreat pack!Needed a pack primarily for working a world cup men's downhill race course, and versatile enough for skiing, hiking, traveling, etc. I won't use it for back country skiing, so having specific stuff hold my skis on the pack was not a consideration. Here's what I loved most about the pack:
Built well – all the zippers, straps, materials are solid and durable. I'm not worried about having to baby this pack. I've only had it a week (of heavy use), so I can't attest to how well it will hold up, but feel confident in its durability.
Comfortable – even loaded down, the shoulder straps were perfect, the pack kept its shape and never felt bulky as I was skiing around the course. The shoulder straps twisted sometimes when putting the pack on over my parka, but the straps are thick and easy to flip around with my gloves on.
Perfect size – holds my Camel bladder perfectly, plenty of room for food, extra layers, extra gloves, day hikers (to get out of my ski boots asap), small tools/first aid, etc.
Handles, Daisy Chain, Straps – they are all well thought out, simple, effective. I really like the extra handle in the daisy chain – I grab that as much as the one at the top. No annoying fancy stuff you really aren't sure how to use that SOOO many other packs had. I like the minimal waist strap. Since I rarely use it, I just keep it clipped/synched and it's like its not even there (but it is there if I ever want to use it). Many packs this size started having waist straps as big and bulky as a car bumper.
Compartments – I like how the zippered compartments open from the "back", so you end up laying the pack down in the crud on the front and keeping the parts that touch your shoulders/back up and dry. I like the 2 side pouches on the inside of the main compartment. It makes it easy to find smaller items. If you don't need them, they don't waste any space, and the main compartment is plenty big (I was able to stuff my parka in there when it was already quite full. The glasses/goggles pouch is perfect – great size/location and nice soft material.
I could only think of 2 things that could improve the pack (and they are very minor to me):
– Internal gear loops – It would be great to clip/hang something on the inside of the pack. I ended up clipping lots of stuff to the water bladder holder loop.
– Helmet strap – while it does work (which was more than I could say of other packs I looked at), it is a bit annoying to get it to work well. You need to take anything from that pouch and throw it in the main compartment, then spend a bit of time figuring out which way the helmet best fits. I did prefer using it as opposed to just clipping the helmet to the outside of the pack. The helmet is better protected, and doesn't smack into other people standing by me on the crowded bus at the end of the day.
Date published: 2012-12-02
Rated3out of5byThe Mad SlavfromGood but for one thing.The bag is comfortable. It's easy to adjust for smaller loads. I found it had plenty of pockets and what-not. I'm also a fan of the daisy chain.
It's good for fair weather day hikes and I also use it to carry my stuff to work via bus.
This bag would have high marks except for one thing. The breathable padding on the straps and back absorb sweat terribly and takes days to fully dry out once saturated. I sweat quite a bit when hiking especially since I'm pushing to do steeper and more difficult hikes and peaks. The last one was on an overcast day and despite the cool day my shirt and the pack were soaked. After I changed my shirt, the new just got wet from the pack.
If you don't sweat much, this bag will be great. Otherwise, get something else.
Date published: 2012-09-13
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