I ordered this as an alternative to my Kelty 5600 Red Cloud pack which I use on week (or longer) long trips. I wanted something in the 3500-4000 range. I saw this and read some reviews on other sites which were all encouraging. I ordered it an am impressed for the most part. Here is my take.Positives:- Well made- Lots of lash points- well padded back and straps- Ski compatible- Very light weight- Very nice strap adjustment systems, best I have worked with.Negatives:- No hydration compartment. Will need external chamber.- Adjustment of torso length not well designed but workable.- Only tunnel access.Over all I really like that pack and would recommend it for beginner to intermediate backpackers or someone looking for a inexpensive second pack. I am sold on this brand and would consider getting another by High Peak to compliment this one.
Used this on a backpacking trip around Europe. Was there about 3 weeks. It was perfect! It held so much stuff, was comfortable to carry, very functional, and kept things organized. It's very high quality, and has good features for built in compression. I shoved tons of stuff into it and never felt like I was going to bust a zipper. My friend carried the Kelty Coyote 75 pack and I actually think that mine was high quality and better designed (though they were incredibly similar)- and at half the price!
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