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I just received the backpack yesterday and cannot wait to get it out in the field. It is super rugged and it has some very impressive features that I haven't seen anywhere else that I think will make my next backpacking adventure a little easier.
Having been a committed Boy Scout almost 20 years ago, I know a thing or two about backpacks, namely the cheaper variety. As most scouts, I depended on yard mowing and other chores along with occasional help from mom and dad to purchase my equipment, so I never quite got to a point where I was backpacking with a backpack even remotely near this level.
As I unpacked this new piece of equipment, it became immediately apparent that high quality material was used and that the pack was extremely rugged. There are plenty of compartments. Not only does this give you a means of keeping your gear organized and separated, it also makes it easier to access said gear easily without the need to dig to the bottom of the pack. Also, the side pockets and top cover can come completely off if the need arises which is also nice. I suspect that these could be worn separately if needed as perhaps a fanny pack if the need arose as well.
Another feature I like is the fact that the design offers several loops in which gear can be strapped, clicked, or tied to the exterior of the pack for easy access. Also, the shoulder straps and belt seem to be well-padded and as with most backpacks fully adjustable.
My favorite feature is the access to a bag at the bottom of the pack through the lower left corner. Although this could have a specific purpose (I'll need to read up on it a bit more to find out), it seems like it would be perfect for dirty clothes.Read more ›