Rated5out of5byBeeglowbotfromperfect day packMy girlfriend and I were getting ready to a 10 day trip through Italy and day of the flight I decided my motorcycle backpack was a bit too heavy for a day pack. I had already had this pack in mind so I quickly picked it up, and boy are we glad I did.
The pack was used daily. The climate in Italy at the time was very unpredictable with rain, hot sun and dawn/dusk chills. The external stuff pouch was very useful in stuffing our outer shells in when it got hot, but it also pulled double duty as our sandwich pouch. The gear straps were great for hanging random stuff we needed in a moment's notice, such as umbrella and cameras.
It's not waterproof and does not come with an integrated rain cover like some other packs. The max it can handle is about 20-30mins in light rain, your stuff will be damp beyond that. The media pocket does have weather lock zippers but I found my contents also damp from the rain. If you know you'll be in the rain, I would get a separate rain cover or simply keeping everything in plastic bags.
Water bottle pouches are slightly high for my preferences but still reachable when strapped on tight. If you wear your packs loose and low, this isn't a problem.
Lumbar wings have no pockets which is a bit of a downer but not a deal breaker. Chest cross straps are height adjustable, nice and does a good job of keeping the weight off your collar bone.
The mesh on the backing could be softer, I found it was pilling up my tshirts from walking movements.
Knowing all of the above I would still purchase the pack again, it was very useful for our needs.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated4out of5byHamish the HighlanderfromWell designed packMountain climbing, Hiking, Traveling.
Capacity is more than ample, holds more than enough fluids.
Fleeced lined sunglasses pocket. Zips are very easy use, pockets open wide.
Harness system makes pack very light to mount on or off. Adjusts to body snugly.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated5out of5byCaelvanfromExactly what I was looking forUsed it while at my son's Scout camp. Aside from water and very few things I needed (sunblock and bug juice and some cash) it easily fit whatever my son wouldn't carry (outright forgets) and has plenty of clip points to hook items via carribiner to (cups, compact hand towels, you name it). The hook for my trekking pole also was useful when I needed somewhere to hold it.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated5out of5bywarmwafflesfromAwesome hiking packI used it to go on hikes with my two german shepherds and I could haul 3 extra large water bottles effortlessly for them.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated5out of5byRMendfromPerfect for a day of hikingFirst time using the CamelBak for hiking. My wife bought the 70 oz. We filled the bladders the night before and chilled them in the fridge overnight. The water stayed cool through a full day of hiking the next day. Plenty of storage for energy bars, sunscreen, and to hold personal items (e.g., wallet, phone, etc.).
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated4out of5byFalconrobfromI would get a little bigger storageI do 5-12 mile peak climbs. The bite valve and bladder are really nice. I had reservations going from water bottles but don't regret going to this style. When I pack a few things like snacks, first aide kit and water filter I have a tough time getting the bladder back in the area it goes into. It does go in but I have to move around my other stuff already in the pack. Not a big deal. I'd like to have more room. Overall I love it and can make it work. The lower belt adjustment doesn't loosen up too much if you carry some weight in the mid section.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated4out of5bymike1213fromGood bang for your buckI use this product for day hikes of various distances. Water and storage capacities easily meet my requirements. My only complaint is that the bladder imparts a strong plastic taste to the water it holds. Perhaps there is a way to get rid of this characteristic, but I haven't tried finding it yet. I plan to.
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated4out of5byGT StingfromWorks as a 2-Day PackI used my Fourteener as an ultralight platform for a 2-day, 17-mile, summer hike into the Pisgah National Forest/Shining Rock Wilderness. Despite carrying a total load of 24 lbs., the harness was still remarkably comfortable. I did have to strap my tent and several other lightweight but bulky items to the outside of the pack, though. Even though it is designed for day-trips, you can push it slightly beyond those limits and it will still perform.
Date published: 2013-07-04
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