Great day to day pack!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: NA
Preface: I am an honorary backcountry Gearhead, this pack was provided to me but here are my thoughts on how it worked out for me. I used this pack for the last few weeks and I am impressed! I used it to lug my laptop to work and then to the trail or gym nearly every day. Here’s the good: The outer material is burley! Was never scared of branches tearing the exterior surface, even during high speed, unexpected, mtb bushwhacking. Next, the laptop pocket is nice and secure. No shifting/rattling and plenty of storage for a charger, pens, and snacks. Also, the middle pocket is like a black hole. This is where I stuffed my climbing shoes+rack or my mtb pads, tools, and half face helmet. The upper fleece pocket was useful for sunglasses, phone, and snacks. You know, the valuables. Front accessory pocket was good for multitool, first aid kit, and masks. Now on to the bad: Shoulder straps felt a tad too wide - and I have wide shoulders. Was able to mitigate by keeping the chest straps cinched tight, but wasn’t my preference. Another sore point I had was that the waist strap was too high to support weight like a heavier alpine pack would. Basically this strap was used to keep pack from swinging. Lastly, only 1 water bottle pocket and the way I put packs on, it was always on the wrong side. To wrap it up, this is a good day pack for getting around the city, general travel, crag days, gym days, and trails hikes or rides. For overnight alpine adventures, I’ll be using a different set up.