Great pack, one big flaw
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Great pack for single-day touring- holds just enough gear and sits well without feeling too bulky. Fan system is a huge plus when traveling; I’ve brought it through airport security in multiple countries and only gotten questions once. The added security of multiple possible deployments without having to deal with a canister is huge in my book.
My only complaint, as other reviewers mentioned, is the buckle system- too small, and difficult to secure. The waist buckle is tiny and almost unworkable with stiff or frozen gloves. A complete pain if you’re in and out of the pack. The adjustment toggles do a really poor job of securing the straps- I had them loosen on me a lot, which isn’t what you want when there might be literal tons of snow hitting you from behind. I replaced the waist buckle with a click-in piece.
All in all, a great pack with some necessary fiddling. For the price, I’d hope BD can address the fastener/strap issue with a <$10 buckle.