This pack saw it all during my 5-day hike in the Great Basin National Park (NV) in September. Sun, heat, snow, rain & sleet... and stood up well to all elements.
The hip belt was adjustable & padded enough to be comfortable the entire way up the 3 mile long, 3,000 ft vertical climb to our campsite. It did ride up a bit on a slippery pair of shorts, but that would have been the same with any pack. I had lower back surgery 9 years ago and my back gives me problems when I carry too much weight, but the multiple straps offered for a perfect custom fit & weight distribution and my back never hurt.
I stuffed more into this pack than I ever thought possible (I have the XS, too). Just when all my gear was in and the bag "full", I remembered we had to eat & drink! It swallowed a full 3L bladder nicely and kept it puncture free with it's separate rip-stop sleeve. Eight packs of tuna, wraps, two dehydrated meals, trail mix & ten bars were shoved in unnoticed with plenty of room to spare (my boyfriend had the tent, I had the food). The extra pockets on the sides of the pack look too small to put anything in, but each was the perfect size for two or three bars, or a pocket knife and first aid kit, or camera. And no, the zippers and fabric weren't pulling, either!
I can be a klutz. I was really gentle with my brand new pack the first day and didn't put it down in any mud or wet areas. I didn't try to jump across any streams or fly up boulders. Soon, I realized dirt, wet & falling were inevitibale (we're in the desert mountains!) and became much harder on the pack. I tossed it down anywhere, lept across streams and scaled bounders with it on and even ran down the 3 mile rocky trail with it on our last day.Read more ›
Color Name: Coastal SageSize Name: X-Small
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This backpack is so comfortabe, specially designed for women, that no matter how much weight you put into it, it seems light. All the weight rests on your hips, which are very well padded. I am very happy with my purchace, after traveling for one month in Guatemala.
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Color Name: Coastal SageSize Name: Small
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Bought this for my wife. First bought an XS size, as everything she wears is XS, or 0. I should have checked the torso length as she measures in at 17-18". The pack has a lot of extra little pockets that my Gregory pack does not. But my my wife might like having them; will have to get out there to find out. The construction and fit are great. I like the quality and fit of both hers and my Gregory packs (mine is the Whitney). We will be using them soon along the lakeshore trail of Pictured Rocks national park in the Michigan UP. Hope to add to review afterwards.