High Peak hasnít become the biggest name in outdoor equipment throughout Europe by following the pack. With innovative products, solid manufacturing, and good old fashioned know-how, they are setting their sights on becoming world champions of backpacking and camping equipment. So when they offered us the Trango 65 backpack for review, we jumped at the chance. In the past, multi-day backpacks were large, cumbersome, and heavy. With the Trango 65, High Peak has challenged that tradition with a design that attempts to be flexible, spacious, and comfortable while keeping the weight to a minimum. There are two major compartments that make up the bulk of the 65-liter capacity: the bottom portion Ė which can be accessed either by going through the top opening, or by using the external zipper port Ė and the larger upper portion, divided by a drawstring closure that allows you to combine or separate the two. The rest of the storage space is in the pocket on the lid, which should hold most of the small items that need to be accessed in a hurry (like a small first aid kit, maps, and whatnot). While we managed to fit a 2 liter Geigerrig hydration engine in the internal hydration pocket, and run both lines through the port over the right shoulder, a second port would be a welcome addition. Of course, there are pockets on either side, should you decide to forgo a hydration pack. The outer shell is made from double ripstop nylon which has been treated to resist abrasion and to keep some (but not all) moisture out. Using the straps on the outside of the backpack, the interior can be expanded or compressed to fit the size of your gear. To keep the weight (and price) down, High Peak did take out some of the bells and whistles that they include with their other models. Well, except for the whistle on the sternum buckle, thatís still there. And the ice axe loops. But theyíve cut down on the number of dividers and pockets. First impressions are always important, and the first thing youíre likely to notice is that the Trango is a good looking backpack. The color scheme is nice and the design is an attractively simple one. After picking it up, youíll also notice that for a 65-liter backpack, itís extremely light at 3.6 pounds. Thatís probably less than the sleeping bag youíll be hauling around in it. When it comes to actually putting the Trango on, it is going to take a little while to adjust everything to fit just right. With the amount of available adjustment offered by their Vario Harness system, most everyone should be able to feel comfortable carrying a substantial amount of weight. The hip and shoulder straps are nicely padded, and mesh backing provides a bit of cooling. One potential issue for the smallest of backpackers is that the belt will probably only go as small as about 30-32Ē. When we didnít need to pack it to the rafters, tightening the exterior straps kept all of the gear inside from getting tossed around. We found that the lack of extra pockets actually made it easier to pack and find everything that we needed, but it did look a little messier inside than if there were a few extra storage compartments. Overall, this ultra-lightweight hiking backpack should help you comfortably carry a lot of gear as far as you need to. And can you really put a price on comfort? Turns out you can: the Trango 65 from High Peak sells for about $120.00. If you are looking for something a bit smaller, or a backpack that has more pockets, check out the High Peak website. They have a massive selection, and everything we have seen from them so far has been of the highest quality. Happy hiking! - David
- How accurate was the sizing? Very Accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
This pack was an excellent value. It's very-well designed, and at under 3 1/2 pounds really holds a lot. The only suggestion I have to the design is a permanent shoulder strap attachment to each of the adjustments. Over time I'm afraid the Velcro will pick up dirt and fuzz and lose some of its gripping power. All in all, an excellent pack. Performed flawlessly in its debut to the Sierras.
- How accurate was the sizing? Adjustable down to my size, but no smaller.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent quality. It performed perfectly on a 5 day trip last week in the Sierras.
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? No defects
This is a great backpack for the price compared to others I looked at in this price range. It is nice and light but appears to be very well made and should hold up well. I've only taken it on a training hike so far. I found it quite comfortable and easy to get it to fit my torso well. It has all the features I need without a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles. I like that there are loops for attaching gear if needed yet not a lot of extra straps and clips. I was able to easily fit my sleeping bag in the lower compartment and a tent and clothing in the upper compartment. This pack should work for a week-long trek as long as one doesn't overpack. I recommend this backpack.
- How accurate was the sizing? The sizing is accurate. It can be adjusted from small to x-large. The hip belt is on the large size and would probably not work for someone with a waist smaller than 32 inches.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. It s very well made with great attention to detail.
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? There were no manufacturers defects.